Leveraging on public means for start-ups : a case study on the catalytic role of iMinds' entrepreneurship program
Faculty of Applied Economics
S.l. , 2013
Engineering sciences. Technology
Proceedings of the RENT XVII Conference, Vilnius, Lithuania, 20-22 November 2013
University of Antwerp
Attention for entrepreneurship and technology transfer programs at public research organisations (PROs) has increased over the last decades. However, given the relatively young history of increased attention for these activities, PROs are still searching for the best recipe to achieve success. This study present the case study of iMinds, a PRO focused on ICT in Flanders (Belgium), where the entrepreneurship program has been opened up to externals (in addition to its own researchers). By analysing the case study, the effects of opening up these programs on the participation degree, number of start-ups and spin-offs and subsequent effects on the entire ecosystem are analysed. The results show a leverage effect on the initial investments on the entire ecosystem and increased attention for entrepreneurial initiatives, both amongst researchers as well as externals.