This post is a follow-on to a previous post that introduced the Position Generator technique.
In order to use this technique our team has developed an innovative survey that allows us to aggregate each respondent’s input into a network model that accurately measures the entrepreneurial environment in a particular location. The survey was tested during a visit to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, during the summer of 2012 and we have modified it as a result of the lessons learned from that visit. Since then, we have administered at 3 different AfriLabs -affiliated tech hubs: Hive CoLab in Kampala, Uganda, iceaddis in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and BongoHive in Lusaka, Zambia.
Dr. Charles Thomas Interviews an entrepreneur at Hive CoLab in Kampala, Uganda
The survey has only six questions and we also gather some basic demographic data. Each respondent’s identity remains anonymous. The survey collects information on six different focus areas applicable to an entrepreneur:
1. Business Registration
2. Start-Up Capital
3. Equipment Acquisition
4. Legal Issues
6. Human Resources
Each of the six questions is similarly structured. The questions ask the position or role the subject would most likely approach in order to receive assistance with one of the focus areas. For example, the first question asks:
“If you need assistance in this local environment with the registration of your business, who would you most likely approach first for help?
Each of the questions has the same 13 possible responses:
2. Government Representative
3. Government Business Development Program
4. Tech Hub or Private Accelerator/Incubator
5. Non-Governmental Organization
6. Local Investor
7. Family Member
8. Religious Leader
9. Someone in Social Network
10. Commercial Bank
11. White Collar Professional (Attorney, Accountant, etc.)
12. Military Leader
13. Educational Leader (University Professor, etc.)
Based on the responses and some network analysis techniques, we are able to develop a network model that shows how these roles or positions are connected through the survey respondents. This model demonstrates which roles are most influential in the network as well as numerous other powerful analytical results.
A Network Model of the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Kampala Uganda
A future post will demonstrate what we plan on doing with these models.