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Public-Private VC-funding: an oxymoron? Starting biotechnology ventures in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
Linköping University, Department of Management and Economics.
2004 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree)Student thesisAlternative title
Public-private riskkapital : en självmotsägelse? Att starta biotechföretag i Mecklenburg Vorpommern (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this Master's Thesis is to investigate the outlooks for a seed stage venture capital fund investing in biotechnology-related spinouts from public research to be established in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany. Recommendations on how to improve any discovered deficits of the fund's prerequisites are also to be presented.

Analyses showed that the spinout potential of the research in the region is weak. The entrepreneurial prerequisites of the researchers, in terms of previous experience, business knowledge and a track record that would vouch for them being suitable entrepreneurs, are generally poor. Nor is there sufficient industry in the region to facilitate the establishment of and subsequent businesses for the spinouts. The seed fund must therefore provide any future portfolio ventures with a substantial amount of Hands-on Management.

To improve the prerequisites for the seed fund, PVA-MV must influence the researchers'attitude towards spinouts and make the monetary gains more visible. The researchers must be imbued with a business approach in their research and PVA-MV must market its services as being the intermediary of government, universities and industry and as being able to create opportunities for researchers as well as for industry. PVA-MV should also focus on the few institutes and individual researchers that do have some favourable entrepreneurial characteristics, in order to evoke professional entrepreneurs with a forming track record. To cope with the deficient prerequisites of the fund, PVA-MV must expand the competence of its own work force and focus on the rate of return rather than on building regional infrastructure pro bono as a governmental agency.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Ekonomiska institutionen , 2004.
Executive Master in Project Management, 2004:4
Keyword [en]
Business and economics, Venture capital, seed fund, Public-Private partnership, PPP, spinout, technology transfer, PVA, triple helix, RIS ++, ERDF.
Keyword [sv]
National Category
Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-2357OAI: diva2:19688
Available from: 2004-05-15 Created: 2004-05-15

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