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The first objective of this study was to identify the economic intelligence
requirements of two organizations providing support to start-ups in Western
Switzerland (Genilem and Fongit) and to define recommendations to address
their key issues. The second objective was to identify needs common to the
two institutions and to suggest a set of measures that could be used on a
regional scale to rationalize the use of resources.
Data were collected through about 20 interviews involving both start up
managers and collaborators of the coaching companies. A questionnaire has
been sent to most of the companies which had received support from these
As a result, 2 lists of about 15 guidelines were given to Genilem and Fongit.
Furthermore, practical measures and a better task allocation have been suggested
to the regional support partners.
Ultimately, this research helped both Fongit and Genilem to improve their
practices. It also served to provide a reflection on what should be considered
as essential support for entrepreneurship in the cantons of Vaud and Geneva.
In addition, the study offers an innovative methodology for the analysis of
the need for economic intelligence.