Creating and transfering knowledge by means of University studies in modern society and fostering entrepreneurship and innovation.
Analysis of the academic programs and activities aimed to foster entrepreneurship in USA and EU, specially in Silicon Valley, Canary Islands and Madeira Islands cases, with the ultimate goal to propose recommendations in entrepreneurship and innovation.
The critical importance of human resources in a based technology development. A presentation of methods and models to organize education infrastructure and training.
Most of the entrepreneurship literature has addressed the benefits and necessity of using social network ties as opposed to market methods in early venture finance, but it has largely understated the potential limitations and costs of doing so. Specifically, very sparse research has examined the factors that influence entrepreneurs’ choice between using networks versus market methods. In this study, we propose a contingent model of network utilization when approaching initial investors, based on the dimensions of human capital of the entrepreneurs. We test this model with primary field survey data from 226 new high-tech ventures in Singapore and Beijing. The results show that high occupational status and relevant industrial work experience are positively associated with the entrepreneurs’ propensity to utilize existing networks by enhancing the resourcefulness of their network ties (social capital); however, such influences are alleviated by entrepreneurs’ marketing or managerial experience, which increases the entrepreneurs’ ability to interact with strangers (an aspect of social competence).