Exploring the role of U.K. Government policy in developing the university entrepreneurial finance ecosystem for Cleantech

Owen, Robyn ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4241-3367 and Vedanthachari, Lakshmi Narasimhan ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8290-9936 (2022) Exploring the role of U.K. Government policy in developing the university entrepreneurial finance ecosystem for Cleantech. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management . ISSN 0018-9391 [Article] (Published online first) (doi:10.1109/TEM.2022.3153319)

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Abstract

Vast sums of public money are invested into universities globally as anchor institutions and knowledge bases providing seedbed resources for research and development (R&D) and entrepreneurship. Focusing on university science and technology (S&T) research we examine two UK case studies of government support from the ‘Innovation Knowledge Centre’ (IKC) program to translate research into industry innovation for public good. Although IKCs are not tasked to address Climate Change, the two case studies demonstrate tremendous potential for Cleantech development. An exploratory entrepreneurial finance (‘entfin’) ecosystem theoretical lens contextualizes the catalytic roles of universities and public funding to support industry at the base of the innovation finance escalator. We thus develop university-industry ecosystems literature, addressing the gap in nurturing university entfin for climate change. Our qualitative case study methodology includes literature review and 51 key informant interviews with: policymakers; university research leaders, technology transfer officers, specialist research to industry innovation ‘translation’ staff, SME beneficiaries, trade bodies; and early-stage private finance providers. We reveal nuances in different emerging innovation sectors – notably their degree of maturity, locality and outcome horizons for achieving impact, drawing attention to the key roles of universities and financing and their interactions within their entfin ecosystems. We demonstrate the need for government long horizon, deep pocket, investment and integrated university entfin policy mix, alongside more open, inclusive, ecosystem development between different actors.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Strategy and Management
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research (CEEDR)
Item ID: 34894
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Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2022 11:35
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2022 09:54
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/34894

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