The formation rate of university spin-out firms has increased markedly over the past decade. While this is seen as an important channel for the commercialisation of academic research, concerns have centred around high failure rates and no-to-low growth among those which survive compared to other new technology based firms. Universities have responded to this by investing in incubators to assist spin-outs to overcome their liability of newness. Yet how effective are incubators in supporting these firms? Here we examine this in terms of the structural networks that spin-out firms form, the role of the incubator in this and the effect of this on the spin-out process.
|Title of host publication||Joining Complexity Science and Social Simulation for Innovation Policy: Agent-based modelling using the SKIN platform|
|Editors||Petra Ahrweiler, Nigel Gilbert, Andreas Pyka|
|Publication status||Accepted - 2016|