Science based spin-offs are becoming increasingly important for economic and social progress in Switzerland. Yet in-depth knowledge is still lacking about how to promote and foster them succuessfully and how to motivate specific target groups as for example female academics to engage in business creation processes.
Our research project generates empirically based knowledge on spin-off formation of academics at Swiss universities of applied sciences. It provides recommendations for political action in research & development and on the promotion of innovation and knowledge transfer at universities.
The project is financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation: Project-ID 10001A_172554 (2017-2020)
We, a research team at the University of Applied Sciences of Northwestern Switzerland, analyse the growth of founding initiatives and formal/informal conditions for academic entrepreneurship. Departments in the STEM area (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) and social and artistic fields (health, social work, art/design) will be subject of analysis, as well as attitudes and needs of (potential) founders in the university environment. Female scientists at Swiss universities are much less likely to engage in founding activities than their male colleagues. In this project the complex institutional conditions shaping founding initiatives of male and female academics will be explored.
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