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Academic Spin-Offs and Technology Transfer in Europe

Academic Spin-Offs and Technology Transfer in Europe

Best Practices and Breakthrough Models

Edited by Sven H. De Cleyn and Gunter Festel

While the US has traditionally been successful in commercialising new technologies, Europe is confronted with an increasing dependency for fast developing technologies like biotechnology or ICT, despite having some of the best universities in the world. This book will explore the key attributes of commercialising academic knowledge, focusing on spin-offs. Bringing together the visions and best practices used by leading academics and professionals across Europe, the editors provide new and practical insights on the topic in an attempt to resolve the European paradox.

Chapter 8: The seed challenge

Michael Brandkamp

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship, knowledge management, innovation and technology, innovation policy, knowledge management, technology and ict


In 2014, the Ice Bucket Challenge excited the world! According to Wikipedia, it ‘encourages nominated participants to be filmed having a bucket of ice water poured on their heads and then nominating others to do the same. A common stipulation is that the nominated participants have 24 hours to comply or forfeit by way of a charitable financial donation’ (Wikipedia, 2016a). It was a very popular, refreshing and exciting experience. The goal was to raise funds for research into the disease ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). Although there are quite a number of differences, investing in new technology-based firms (NTBF) is also very refreshing and exciting as well as challenging.

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