Value creation in start-up discourse: linking pitch and venture through logics of justification




Varas, Germán
Sabaj, Omar
Spinuzzi, Clay
Fuentes, Miguel
Gerard, Valentin
Cabezas, Paula

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International Journal of Business Communication


How do start-ups create value through the language of their business pitches? In this article, we investigate that question by identifying the logics of justification they use, traditionally conceptualised as orders of worth. In this study of short written pitches in a six-month Chilean accelerator program, we describe how we detected logics of justification through pitch language, and we identify (a) co-occurrence patterns among logics of justification, (b) associations between logics of justification and industry sectors, and (c) associations between logics and a firm's customer segment (B2B, B2C). This study provides unique insights into how start-ups sometimes justify innovations by using specific patterns of language depending on a venture's features.


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ORCID information: Germán Varas: 0000-0001-5426-9839; Omar Sabaj: 0000-0002-7075-9384; Clay Spinuzzi: 0000-0002-9629-6189; Miguel Fuentes: 0000-0003-0063-7688; Valentine Gerard: 0000-0002-1378-8947; Paula Cabezas: 0000-0003-2257-1907

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Varas, G., Sabaj, O., Spinuzzi, C., Fuentes, M., Gerard, V., & Cabezas, P. (2023). Value Creation in Start-Up Discourse: Linking Pitch and Venture Through Logics of Justification. International Journal of Business Communication, 0(0).