Virtual Hubs: Understanding Relational Aspects and Remediating Incubation

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We have recently seen the emergence of new platforms that aim to provide remotely located entrepreneurs and startup companies with support analogous to that found within traditional incubation or acceleration spaces. This paper offers an understanding of these `virtual hubs', and the inherently socio-technical interactions that occur between their members. Our study analyzes a sample of existing virtual hubs in two stages. First, we contribute broader insight into the current landscape of virtual hubs by documenting and categorizing 25 hubs regarding their form, support offered and a selection of further qualities. Second, we contribute detailed insight into the operation and experience of such hubs, from an analysis of 10 semi-structured interviews with organizers and participants of virtual hubs. We conclude by analyzing our findings in terms of relational aspects of non-virtual hubs from the literature and remediation theory, and propose opportunities for advancing the design of such platforms.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ACM CHI 2019 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-5970-2
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2019
EventACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2019 - Scottish Event Campus, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 May 20199 May 2019


ConferenceACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

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