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A Study of Academic Entrepreneurs Using Venture Capital Data

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  • Zhang, Junfu

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    (Clark University)

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Academic entrepreneurship has become an increasingly important channel through which universities contribute to economic development. This paper studies academic entrepreneurs using a comprehensive venture capital database. I find that about two-thirds of the academic entrepreneurs locate their businesses in the same state as their universities. National academy membership and number of faculty awards, measures of a university’s research quality, are the most significant variables in explaining the number of academic entrepreneurs from a university. In contrast, the abundance of venture capital near the university has no significant effect on academic entrepreneurship.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 2992.

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Length: 46 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2007
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Publication status: published under the title 'Why Do Some U.S. Universities Generate More Venture-Backed Academic Entrepreneurs than Others?' in: Venture Capital, 2009, 11(2), 133-162
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp2992

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  1. Zhang, Junfu, 2007. "The Advantage of Experienced Start-Up Founders in Venture Capital Acquisition: Evidence from Serial Entrepreneurs," IZA Discussion Papers 2964, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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