Effects of different mechanisms of incubation

Last registered on July 16, 2021

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
Effects of different mechanisms of incubation
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0005305
Initial registration date
July 06, 2021
Last updated
July 16, 2021, 8:42 AM EDT

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Primary Investigator

Affiliation
University of Oregon

Other Primary Investigator(s)

Additional Trial Information

Status
In development
Start date
2021-06-30
End date
2021-12-30
Secondary IDs
Abstract
We randomize different resources among participants to an acceleration program and follow the ventures bi-weekly during the program. Specifically, we randomize access to knowledge resources (training, mentoring, peer-interactions), and financial resources (eg. grants) in two treatment groups. One group gets access to both knowledge and financial resources, the second group access only knowledge resources and then there is the comparison group that does not access any resources.
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Registration Citation

Citation
Hmaddi, Ouafaa. 2021. "Effects of different mechanisms of incubation ." AEA RCT Registry. July 16. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.5305-1.2000000000000002
Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2021-07-30
Intervention End Date
2021-10-30

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
We plan to trace multiple outcomes including, the number of hypotheses generated, the number of tests on the hypothesis, the degree and method of testing, the development of prototypes, etc.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
Potential participants will apply in advance to an acceleration program. The initial application will help us collect demographic data about the entrepreneurs as well as data about the venture characteristics.
Once the application period is closed, all entrepreneurs will be invited to an onboarding session. We will inform participants that the purpose of onboarding is to allow all applicants to participate at the final demo day competition regardless of their selection outcome. We will also announce the date of the competition and the final prizes for the winners. This is a key incentive to reduce attrition from the control group and motivate all entrepreneurs to work on their venture ideas regardless of their resource accumulation.
All participants who complete the onboarding session will be randomly assigned to two different treatments and a control group. Random assignment to treatments and control will be stratified by gender, resource endowment, and industry. We will then announce the participants assigned to the financial and entrepreneurial capital treatment T2 as the ventures selected to participate in the acceleration program “Dare Inc Acceleration”. We will inform the rejected participants that they have been selected for “Dare Inc Training” T1. Finally, the two treatment groups will start at the same time and last for 12 weeks ending with the demo day competition that will gather all treatment and control groups.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Stratified randomization in the office by a computer. Stratification is based on gender, industry, quality, and previous access to resources.
Randomization Unit
Venture/ firm level (represented by one of the co-founders) - we collect venture data and entrepreneur data
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
198 ventures
Sample size: planned number of observations
198 entrepreneurs
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
198 ventures. 40 in treatment 1, 59 in treatment 2, and 99 in the comparison group
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
0.9
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IRB

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
University of Oregon
IRB Approval Date
2021-02-18
IRB Approval Number
01182021.024