On Wednesday, February 18, Riccardo Fini of the University of Bologna will speak at Porto Business School on the topic, “Fifteen Years of Academic Entrepreneurship in Italy – Evidence from the Taste Project”.
Over the last 20 years, the processes of knowledge transfer and commercialization of academic research through the creation of new research-based ventures (i.e., academic spin-offs) have gained momentum in Italy. The relevance of this phenomenon to policymakers and managers motivates the research efforts undertaken by the TASTE project, which systematically collects and analyzes multilevel, longitudinal data on the population of 95 Italian universities and their personnel, departments, patenting, entrepreneurial support, and spin-out activities. This talk will focus on the 1,010 companies that have spun off from Italian universities, analyzing their main characteristics, shareholding and founding teams, innovation and growth strategies, internationalization behaviors, and performances.
For more information on Project TASTE, see: https://events.unibo.it/taste
When: 18:00 to 19:30 on Wednesday, February 18
Where: Porto Business School
About the speaker: Prof. Riccardo Fini
Riccardo Fini is Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and CIG Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Bologna (UNIBO). He’s also a Research Fellow at Imperial College Business School London, and Associate Dean and Director of the Master in Entrepreneurship at the University of Bologna Business School.
Before joining UNIBO, he researched at Ecole des Mines de Paris (2007), Case Western Reserve University Cleveland (2007-2009) and the University of Bozen (2009-2010). He was also IEF Marie Curie Research Fellow at Imperial College (2010-2011) and Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at UNIBO (2011-2014). His research focuses on the individual-level determinants of entrepreneurship. His overall objective is to contribute to the theoretical debate on the foundation of entrepreneurial activities, explaining heterogeneity and deviance in their enactment. He’s now serving as principal investigator for the TASTE project, focused on technology-transfer activities by Italian academics. His research was published in Advances in the Study of Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Economic Growth, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Minerva, Research Policy and Journal of Technology Transfer.
He was invited to contribute to the University of Chicago Handbook on Technology Transfer and the Palgrave MacMillan Encyclopedia of Strategic Management. As a PI, he has been awarded more than € 300.000 of research funds, and he now coordinates two research teams at the University of Bologna and at Imperial College Business School London. He was recently featured in Nature, Times Higher Education and The New York Times.