Entrepreneurial universities/university entrepreneurship & entrepreneurship education: views from Europe & the USA

Wednesday, 30th March 2016 @ 6.00pm CET

Moderator: Prof. Panayiotis KETIKIDIS, Chairman South East European Research Centre & President of the TH Greek Chapter

Speakers & Talks:


ElaineElaine C. RIDEOUT 
is co-author of Innovation U 2.0 Reinventing University Roles in a Knowledge Economy.  A serial entrepreneur, she has founded 10 ventures, the largest employing 80 employees.  Dr. Rideout holds the MPP from the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy and the Ph.D. in Psychology from NC State University where she is a Kauffman Fellow, a Kauffman Emerging Scholar, and Adjunct Professor.

Talk: Innovation U 2.0 Reinventing University Roles in a Knowledge Economy

While all successful universities can point to entrepreneurial ventures that have spun out from university research to the benefit of local economies and society in general, nonetheless it’s surprising how much research universities vary in their ability to commercialize their own scientific and technological breakthroughs.  Many US universities capitalize on core research competencies to help grow technology clusters, others, not so much.  Similarly, there exists astonishing variation in curricular offerings in entrepreneurship and student venturing.  As co-author of Innovation U 2.0, Reinventing University Roles in a Knowledge Economy, Dr. Elaine Rideout will highlight how successful  universities catalyze venturing both at the faculty, student, and community levels.  What strategies, pracitices and policies can universities adapt to up their innovation production and economic impacts?

 RiccardoProf. Riccardo FINI is Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation Management and CIG Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Bologna (UNIBO), and Fellow at Imperial College London. He’s serving as Associate Dean and Director of the Master in Entrepreneurship and of the Global MBA (Innovation) at the Bologna Business School. Before joining UNIBO, he researched at Ecole des Mines Paris, Case Western Cleveland and University of Bozen. He was also IEF Marie Curie Fellow at Imperial College and Assistant Professor at UNIBO. His research has been published in leading entrepreneurship and innovation journals such as Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice and Research Policy. He has been invited to contribute to the University of Chicago Handbook on Technology Transfer and the Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management, and he has been awarded more than €350.000 of research funds. Dr. Fini has given three keynotes on science and public policy in Brisbane, Porto and Singapore and invited to present his research in thirty universities and business schools in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. He was also featured in Nature, Times Higher Education and The New York Times.

Talk: Engagement and Commercialization: Discussing the impact of Academic research, the case of Imperial College London

The talk will focus on recent findings emerging from an innovative study of academic engagement and commercialisation at Imperial College London. The study combines a wide range of data to provide insights into the extent of collaboration with industry, consulting, patenting and entrepreneurship by Imperial academics, as well as individuals’ motivations and perceived barriers to engagement. One of the most interesting insight coming from the research is how patenting, licensing and spin-outs capture only a small component of the pathways to University’s impact. The presentation will shed lights coming from the  Imperial College London case on how to transform the way Universities  measure, manage and organise research in order to generate higher impact.

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