Student and Graduate Entrepreneurship in Italy - Report 2020

145 Pages Posted: 16 Mar 2021

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Maria Assunta Chiarello

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Riccardo Fini

University of Bologna - Department of Management; Imperial College London

Silvia Ghiselli

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Claudia Girotti

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Azzurra Meoli

University of Bologna - Department of Management

Maurizio Sobrero

University of Bologna - Department of Management

Date Written: January 1, 2021

Abstract

In recent years, the role of companies started by university students has generated considerable interest. Iconic companies such as Dell, Yahoo!, Google and Dropbox have seen an increase in attention, as have their founders’ stories. This has encouraged universities to increase their efforts to promote entrepreneurship.

For this reason, the AlmaLaurea Interuniversity Consortium—working with the Department of Management at the University of Bologna as well as Unioncamere—conducted the first nationwide study aimed at documenting the entrepreneurial endeavors of university students and graduates over a twenty-year period in Italy.

This study uses data retrieved from the AlmaLaurea database, which includes characteristics of the 2,891,980 graduates who obtained a degree from an Italian university from 2004 to 2018. This was combined with data on the 236,362 companies they have founded and the 68,852 companies in which they hold equity shares. The majority of these endeavors began from 1995 to 2019. In other words, they did not begin exclusively after graduation; some were undertaken during university or even before. Information on the graduates was taken from the AlmaLaurea database. Information regarding companies comes from the Unioncamere and AIDA Bureau van Dijk databases; the latter collects information on corporations operating in Italy.

Keywords: student and graduate entrepreneurship; new ventures; start-up

JEL Classification: M13; I23

Suggested Citation

Chiarello, Maria Assunta and Fini, Riccardo and Ghiselli, Silvia and Girotti, Claudia and Meoli, Azzurra and Sobrero, Maurizio, Student and Graduate Entrepreneurship in Italy - Report 2020 (January 1, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3774909 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3774909

Maria Assunta Chiarello

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Riccardo Fini

University of Bologna - Department of Management ( email )

Via Terracini 28
Bologna, 40131
Italy

HOME PAGE: http://www.unibo.it/faculty/riccardo.fini

Imperial College London ( email )

South Kensington Campus
London SW7 2AZ, DC
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/people/r.fini

Silvia Ghiselli

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Claudia Girotti

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Azzurra Meoli (Contact Author)

University of Bologna - Department of Management ( email )

Piazza Scaravilli 1
Bologna, Bologna 40126
Italy

Maurizio Sobrero

University of Bologna - Department of Management ( email )

Via Capo di Lucca 34
40126 Bologna, Bologna 40126
Italy
+39 051 2098076 (Phone)

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