A Culture of Ambitious Entrepreneurship

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In this paper we show that a culture of independent entrepreneurship and a culture of ambitious entrepreneurship are two distinct dimensions of culture in entrepreneurial ecosystems, and are differently related to Venture Capital, growth-oriented entrepreneurship and the prevalence of unicorns in a country. We map the different types of entrepreneurship around the globe, and show the extreme spatial unevenness of entrepreneurial outputs of entrepreneurial ecosystems. We analyze the unicorn production chain from Total Entrepreneurial Activity, to growth-oriented entrepreneurship, and unicorns, and how this connects to culture and capital.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUSE Research Institute
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NameU.S.E. Working Paper Series
PublisherUSE Research Institute
ISSN (Electronic)2666-8238


  • entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • entrepreneurship
  • growth-oriented entrepreneurship
  • scale-ups
  • unicorns
  • venture capital
  • culture
  • ambition


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