Catalysing Entrepreneurship in and Around Universities
25 Pages Posted: 9 Jun 2018 Last revised: 11 Jun 2018
Date Written: May 1, 2018
In recent years universities have been taken by a new wave of entrepreneurial activities. Originally universities engaged with entrepreneurship mostly in terms of commercializing innovations based on research in the sciences. The new initiatives are instead focused on students and recent alumni, and encompass a much wider set of entrepreneurial initiatives, including student work spaces, accelerators programs or industry partnerships. This paper examines these emergent entrepreneurial activities in and around universities, and then asks what the role of government policy is? It argues that any policy approach will have to understand the multi-faceted nature of these new initiatives, and be sensitive to the porous nature of the boundaries between university and private sector activities.
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