Narrative analysis of Iran's startup ecosystem development policy based on Narrative Policy Framework (NPF)

Document Type : Original research


1 Graduate School of Management and Economics (GSME), Sharif University of Technology

2 Sharif Policy Research Institute (SPRI), Sharif University of Technology


The development of startup ecosystems has become a global trend. These ecosystems have proven their importance to governments by having a significant impact on the creation of technology companies and the economic growth of the country. In Iran, too, for many years, efforts have been made under various headings to develop the startup ecosystems. In this article, based on the Narrative Policy Framework (NPF), the existing policy narratives of startup ecosystem development policy in Iran between 2013-20 years have been analyzed. After analyzing these data, it was found that the three main narratives of catch-up, wealth creation and infiltration, have formed the discussions around the development of this ecosystem. In the first part of the analysis, which was related to representing the structuring of narratives, it was found that the narrative of catch-up and wealth creation during their coalition with each other, marked the birth and initial development of the startup ecosystem in Iran. The infiltration narration entered the policy arena sometime later as a negative force. Finally, the strengths and weaknesses of the narrations were examined.


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Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript
Available Online from 09 August 2023
  • Receive Date: 02 January 2023
  • Revise Date: 06 August 2023
  • Accept Date: 09 August 2023