ExperimentaLab: a tool for the entrepreneurial university Online publication date: Mon, 04-Sep-2017
by Valentina Iscaro; Laura Castaldi; Enrica Sepe; Claudio Turi
World Review of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development (WREMSD), Vol. 13, No. 5/6, 2017
Abstract: The overall goal of this work is to provide a contribution to studies aimed at boosting the entrepreneurial activity of universities, exploring the notion and characteristics of experimental labs as tools to support aspiring entrepreneurs in turning their ideas into real start-ups. Experimental labs are networks of entrepreneurial individuals from universities, research labs, financial markets and industry who become part of an innovative ecosystem to sustain entrepreneurship. Starting from the assumption that university has to leave its 'ivory tower' and assume an active role in favouring entrepreneurship, we adopt a concrete approach. We study the structure an experimental lab may assume, analysing how to build and manage it as a means to support entrepreneurship, exploiting networks and the relational capital of the university. Finally, we design a virtual platform to generate its dynamics: the ExperimentaLab.
Online publication date: Mon, 04-Sep-2017
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