Waleli: Bringing Wireless Opportunities to Life
Paul Kirwan (Nikos, University of Twente, The Netherlands), Peter Van der Sijde (Nikos, University of Twente, The Netherlands) and Aard Groen (Nikos, University of Twente, The Netherlands)
Copyright: © 2008
This chapter tells the development story of Waleli, a high-tech company utilizing the latest proven developments in wireless communications to bring innovations to the market. It presents the journey of the firm through the entrepreneurial process, from initial idea right through to value creation. Furthermore, it looks at the roles and origins of network contacts and how these impact the entrepreneur’s effort to accumulate the necessary resources to establish and subsequently develop the firm. This chapter adds to our understanding of network activity in the entrepreneurial process and as a real life case has relevance to both potential and practicing entrepreneurs in that it details the trials and tribulations of the process, and academics, as it provides in depth data on the role of the network in the entrepreneurial process.