Title: Research commercialisation via spin-off: the case of a non-elite university

Authors: Christian Serarols Tarres, David Urbano, Yancy Vaillant, Andrea Bikfalvi

Addresses: Economia de l'Empresa, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Fac. Cc. Economiques i Empresarials – Edifici B, Bellaterra (Barcelona), Catalunya, 08193, Spain. ' Economia de l'Empresa, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Fac. Cc. Economiques i Empresarials – Edifici B, Bellaterra (Barcelona), Catalunya, 08193, Spain. ' Economia de l'Empresa, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Fac. Cc. Economiques i Empresarials – Edifici B, Bellaterra (Barcelona), Catalunya, 08193, Spain. ' Organitzacio, Gestio Empresarial i Disseny de Producte, Universitat de Girona, Escola Politecnica Superior – Edifici Pi, Girona, Catalunya, 17071, Spain

Abstract: Recent trends in technology transfer show an intensification of spin-off creation as a modality of university research commercialisation. In this paper, we analyse the evolution, objectives, resources and activities of a specialised unit – Technological Trampoline (TT) – in charge of new venture creation at the University of Girona (Catalonia-Spain). Our main objective is to identify the predominant strategy of spinning-off new ventures among the typologies of incubation strategies found by Clarysse et al. (2005) in European research institutions. The results show that the predominant typology at the University of Girona is the supportive model, although elements of the three typologies were identified. These results have a series of implications and recommendations at both university and TT level.

Keywords: spin-offs; technology transfer; entrepreneurship; research commercialisation; university research; new ventures; incubation strategies; Spain; technology commercialisation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTTC.2009.024910

International Journal of Technology Transfer and Commercialisation, 2009 Vol.8 No.4, pp.356 - 378

Available online: 03 May 2009 *

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