Title: Preface to the theme: Supporting university spinoffs to realise their global potential

Authors: Peter Van Der Sijde, Paul Kirwan

Addresses: Dutch Institute for Knowledge Intensive Entrepreneurship, Nikos University of Twente, The Netherlands. ' Dutch Institute for Knowledge Intensive Entrepreneurship, Nikos University of Twente, The Netherlands

Abstract: The creation of new innovative enterprises, the support for spinoff companies and the development of startups are important priorities for the stimulation of economic growth, both within the European Union (EU) and worldwide. In the period of 1999–2006, a European programme, the Pilot Action of Excellence in Innovative Start-ups (PAXIS), dealt with these themes by gathering and transferring new ideas and policy recommendations throughout the continent. As part of this programme, universities and other institutions were invited to propose projects that developed original support models for innovative startup creation and transfer their successful concepts to other regions. One such project was GlobalStart. This preface introduces papers dealing with GlobalStart issues.

Keywords: GlobalStart; born globals; global startups; universities; higher education; entrepreneurship.

DOI: 10.1504/IJGSB.2009.022803

International Journal of Globalisation and Small Business, 2009 Vol.3 No.2, pp.182 - 185

Available online: 26 Jan 2009 *

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