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Business accelerator, a startup assistance program, has seen growing popularity among entrepreneurs and organizations which seek to encourage and support entrepreneurship worldwide. While accelerators are often praised for offering great learning opportunities, the area of learning and skill development in these programs has been little researched. The aim of the study is to explore approaches to learning at an awarded accelerator program in Iceland. Through interviews with program facilitators and literature review, the study brings more light on the program’s structure, choice of methods, as well as theories and assumptions behind them. Furthermore, the study applies the theory of communities of practice to identify and evaluate the accelerator as a social learning environment. The results reveal the diversity of methods used in the program. Learning and skill development facilitation is to a large extent based on the previous experience and knowledge in the community. Despite the limited conscious application of any learning theories or specific models, the strategies used to facilitate learning at the accelerator were shown to be very comparable to those on cultivating communities of practice. The findings could benefit those in charge of similar training programs, or those interested in adult-, entrepreneurship- or leadership education.
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