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USO Research Project


Research into venture capitalists for university spin-offs

Research project purpose:
To ensure venture capitalists understand and meet their portfolio firms' expectations and to provide an evidence base for policy recommendations as well as for venture capital managers involved in university spin-offs and start-ups, this research will collect first-hand data from academic entrepreneurs to gain an in-depth insight in the dyad relationship between venture capital firms and their portfolio firms.

The research team strives to find solutions that ensure maximal added-value from venture capitalists, avoid conflicts and prevent early firms' death in high-tech and high-risk industries.

This research project will be carried in 2015 and data will be collected in the UK and Germany. Further data collection in Japan is planned.

Project team:
Lutz Brusche (Researcher), Prof. Nigel Lockett, Dr. Sally Jones.

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