Assessing Technology-Based Spin-Offs from University Support Units

Regional Studies 50(3), 411-428 (2016)

30 Pages Posted: 19 Sep 2014 Last revised: 9 Jun 2016

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Mircea Epure

Universitat Pompeu Fabra - Department of Economics and Business; Barcelona School of Economics; UPF Barcelona School of Management

Diego Prior

Autonomous University of Barcelona

Christian Serarols

Autonomous University of Barcelona

Date Written: April 1, 2014

Abstract

This paper takes a regional studies approach to assess spin-offs from a university-based technology transfer network. We first detect the regional objectives, inputs and outputs needed to assess spin-offs from support programmes. We then provide evidence on regional mechanisms for firm creation. We analyse spin-offs created at Catalan universities and find that many efficient spin-offs have formal technology transfer agreements, and emerge from technology-oriented universities. We also find that higher innovation levels and experience from the parent university are associated with higher efficiency, which is positively related to future fundamental profitability. Finally, we propose regional policy making and research directions.

Keywords: university spin-off, regional development, efficiency, entrepreneurship, technology transfer, innovation

JEL Classification: M1, R1

Suggested Citation

Epure, Mircea and Prior, Diego and Serarols, Christian, Assessing Technology-Based Spin-Offs from University Support Units (April 1, 2014). Regional Studies 50(3), 411-428 (2016), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2497954

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