Int. J. of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management   »   2017 Vol.21, No.4/5

 

 

Title: Exploring differences in university support practices and the effects on spin-off companies in Boston

 

Authors: Alessandro Baroncelli; Matteo Landoni

 

Addresses:
ICRIM, International Center of Research on International Management, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Via Necchi 5, 20123, Milan, Italy
ICRIM, International Center of Research on International Management, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Via Necchi 5, 20123, Milan, Italy

 

Abstract: This paper presents a comparative analysis of university-level support practices and entrepreneurial behaviour of spin-offs from nine universities in Boston. We explore the prerequisite to venture in the university, the entrepreneurs' attitude throughout the first years of activity, and discuss differences in spin-offs' outcomes. The investigation explores 81 academic spin-offs active since 2013. We found that two alternative behaviours are suitable to provide the right support to academic spin-offs. In top-academic institutions the availability of services and incentives to facilitate patent rights ownership, university equities, and venture capital is more likely to be found, while in lower-ranked universities spin-offs mostly rely on incubators services to overcome capital limitations.

 

Keywords: academic spin-offs; innovation; entrepreneurship; entrepreneurial ecosystem; university support; entrepreneurial behaviour; entrepreneurial practice; innovation management; survey research; Boston.

 

DOI: 10.1504/IJEIM.2016.10001102

 

Int. J. of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, 2017 Vol.21, No.4/5, pp.366 - 394

 

Submission date: 16 Mar 2016
Date of acceptance: 26 Jul 2016
Available online: 31 May 2017

 

 

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