University Spin-Offs and their impact: Longitudinal evidence from Italy

Daniela Bolzani, Riccardo Fini, Rosa Grimaldi, Maurizio Sobrero

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The creation of University Spin-Off companies (USOs) is one of the most visible form of commercialization of university research. To date, there is scant and mixed evidence about USOs and their performance, thus producing a debate about their impact on the economy and society and about the legitimization of policies to support their development. In this paper, we address this gap by providing evidence about the growth strategies and performances of USOs in the Italian context. We analyze the population of 935 USOs spun-off from Italian public universities since 2000, highlighting potential avenues for future research on this important topic.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-263
Number of pages27
JournalEconomia e Politica Industriale
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • USOs
  • University Spin-Offs
  • academic entrepreneurship
  • growth strategies
  • performance


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