Title: A study of optimising the regional infrastructure for higher education global start-ups in Wales

Authors: Brychan C. Thomas, David Brooksbank, Richard J.H. Thompson

Addresses: Welsh Enterprise Institute, University of Glamorgan Business School, UK. ' Cardiff School of Management, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, UK. ' Wales Spinout Programme, Finance Wales, UK

Abstract: The objective of this paper is to provide an historical context for the support that was available for the internationalisation of higher education global start-ups at the time of the GlobalStart project. This includes the essential and desirable support mechanisms provided at the time in the Wales region for global start-ups involving a number of activities, taking into account the regional support infrastructure. Regionalisation, the system view of support, a pathways perspective on global start-up support and the client experiences of support pathways are explored. From the analysis of the political dimension of regional support for global start-ups, suggestions of relevance to optimise the regional support infrastructure for global start-up companies are made.

Keywords: regional infrastructure; higher education; global startups; Wales; UK; United Kingdom; universities; regionalisation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJGSB.2009.022760

International Journal of Globalisation and Small Business, 2009 Vol.3 No.2, pp.220 - 237

Available online: 26 Jan 2009 *

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