Starting up and Growing New Businesses
Edited by Bart Clarysse, Juan Roure and Tom Schamp
and acknowledgements The Gate2Growth Academic Network in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Finance was launched in the summer of 2002 as a part of the Gate2Growth Initiative (www.gate2growth.com), which is sponsored by the European Commission’s Innovation Policy Unit (DG Enterprise and Industry), under the Fifth Framework Programme ‘SME and Innovation’ (FP5). The European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management (www.eiasm.org) and the Vlerick Leuven Ghent Management School (www.vlerick.be) drew on their respective strengths and ambitions to coordinate and run the G2G Academic Network. (Note: until the change of the name in 2004 the network was called Gate2Growth Finance Academia.) The main objectives of the G2G Academic Network in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Finance are: 1. 2. 3. to foster the development of the academic profession, essentially research and teaching in entrepreneurship, innovation and ﬁnance; to support the exchange, dissemination and integration of knowledge, research expertise and teaching practice on a pan-European scale; and to ﬁlter from the data, insights and results of the diﬀerent activities conclusions, recommendations and guidelines that can help policy making, foremost at the European Commission. The most essential activities and deliverables are the doctoral seminar series (PhD research papers), the specialized research workshops (proceedings and handbook publications, for example, this volume), the exchange and mobility of researchers (setting up an exchange directory, working papers etc.), the European case competition (teaching case portfolios), and the annual European best paper award competition. Ever since the start of the project these activities have made the network an important point of reference...