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The influence of government subsidies and risk capital on survival of university spin-offs: findings from 16 early stage case studies


  • Sven H. De Cleyn
  • Johan Braet


Scholar research seems to confirm that the type of funding of a university spin-off venture influences these survival chances. This study aims to investigate whether the basic type of funding used for young university spin-offs influences the survival chances. The reasoning is that screening by a previously independent party such as government agencies, business angels or venture capitalists provides additional evidence on the potential of a project or venture. The preliminary results, based on 16 case studies with Belgian university spin-offs, seem to confirm that successful application for government subsidies for the development of a technology, product or business increases the likelihood of venture survival. On the other hand, access to risk capital seems not to positively influence survival chances.

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  • Sven H. De Cleyn & Johan Braet, 2009. "The influence of government subsidies and risk capital on survival of university spin-offs: findings from 16 early stage case studies," World Review of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 5(4), pages 376-394.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:wremsd:v:5:y:2009:i:4:p:376-394

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