Academic entrepreneurs: do they exist?

Innovation is the lifeblood of a vibrant economy ’ but in Europe, it’s often said, a risk-averse culture in its universities prevents innovative ideas from getting out of the labs and into the marketplace.

To help change that culture, the first Europe-wide awards for academic enterprise are being launched, with a coalition of leading European universities, multinational corporations, foundations, and the Science|Business news service. The awards will be promoted at a series of events and on-line activities through 2008/9, and will be overseen by the Science|Business Innovation Board. The programme will culminate in a conference and awards ceremony in Stockholm in December 2008.

My role is to put together and deliver the awards programme over 2008, working with the ScienceBusiness and the Karolinska teams.

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