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ERIC Number: EJ915511
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0950-4222
Exploring Academic Entrepreneurship in the Milan Area
Colapinto, Cinzia
Industry and Higher Education, v25 n1 p39-44 Feb 2011
Academic entrepreneurship has become an increasingly important means by which universities can contribute to the economic development of a country. In Italy, universities have produced more than 700 academic spin-off companies in the last ten years. This paper uses case studies to develop an understanding of the key factors that underpin the spin-off phenomenon in the area around Milan, a region which contains three public universities and has experience of spin-off activity originating from public research dating back to the 1960s and 1970s. The role of technology transfer offices in increasing the capacity for knowledge transfer and commercial exploitation is discussed. The paper also outlines how the involvement of the financial services sector, and venture capital companies and business angels in particular, can be necessary for supporting revenue growth in academic spin-offs. (Contains 3 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Italy (Milan)