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The role of technology policy in incubating european new technology based firms.

Objective

Since the mid-nineties, the member countries have undertaken various initiatives to facilitate access of technology intensive SMEs (New Technology Based Firms'/NTBFs) to different forms of finance, by means of lowering entry barriers to the traditional R&D grants and developing seed capital market. However, empirical evidence points out that, despite the increasing availability of finance, European NTBFs' fail to grow to significant sizes as some of their US counterparts have done. This issue is of great importance because of the wealth created by NTBFs' and since they are at the forefront of technological development. Many European countries undertook therefore new initiatives to coach NTBFs, supplying upon financing also business coaching, management training or support, market prospects, etc. Each initiative (coaching organisation) has the same goal: nurturing high- tech, potentially high-growth firms, but the created models differs significantly. Our purpose is to provide a better insight in this scattered landscape of coaching high-growth NTBFs' by bringing several European actors together and by performing a benchmark analysis of the better European practices.

Funding Scheme

THN - Thematic network contracts

Coordinator

VLERICK LEUVEN GENT MANAGEMENT SCHOOL
Address
Bellevue 6
9050 Gent
Belgium

Participants (7)

GRUENDERREGIO M E.V.
Germany
Address
Geschwister-scholl-platz 1
80539 Muenchen
IDEAGURU LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Belle Vue Ave. 3
NE3 1AH Newcastle Upon Tyne
SCIENTIFIC GENERICS LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Harston Mill
CB2 5GG Cambridge
SCUOLA SUPERIORE DI STUDI UNIVERSITARI E DI PERFEZIONAMENTO S. ANNA DI PISA
Italy
Address
Piazza Dei Martiri Della Liberta,33
56127 Pisa
THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
Address
Sidgwick Avenue, Austin Robinson Building
CB3 9DE Cambridge
THE JERUSALEM INSTITUTE FOR ISRAEL STUDIES
Israel
Address
20A,radak 20
92186 Jerusalem
UNIVERSITE DE LIEGE
Belgium
Address
Bld Du Rectorat 3
4000 Liege