A region needs, not just many entrepreneurs, but many successful, high-growth entrepreneurs – men and women with the dedication, support and freedom of economic action to build global companies from scratch.
High-growth entrepreneurs – sometimes called “gazelles” in the academic literature – are the real force behind job creation. They were responsible for some 70 per cent of US employment growth in the early 1990s, for instance. In Britain, one study found 4 per cent of the new firms formed in a given year accounted for 50 per cent of all the jobs created 10 years down the road.
So how do you encourage high-growth entrepreneurs in Europe? In a society that is, by the standards of America or the Pacific Rim, pathologically risk-averse, how do you create a climate in which people will take a chance? And what policies do you adopt so that, once they have taken the plunge, the odds are longer that they will succeed?
It is to encourage debate on these questions that Science|Business is organising a cycle of news, features and policy analysis in coming months. We begin our coverage with a collection of profiles – journalistic snap-shots of technology entrepreneurs in Europe who made it big. These men and women can serve as role models for the rising generation of academics, engineers and other technically-skilled Europeans.
The names of most of the people profiled were suggested by the Science|Business Innovation Board, a blue-ribbon panel of leaders in European academia, policy and industry which meets periodically to discuss EU innovation policy. The Board is organized by Science|Business, and supported by Microsoft International.
The Board met to discuss role-model entrepreneurs – what makes them tick? – on 20 June 2007, in the Boardroom of Imperial College London. The host for the Imperial meeting was Sir Richard Sykes, rector of Imperial College London. The Board will meet again 10 December, in Barcelona, hosted by Xavier Mendoza, Dean of the ESADE Business School. Additional activities are planned throughout 2008 – and we welcome your comments and questions as we proceed. Indeed, we’d be happy to publish your views in this debate – pro or con.
The Innovation Board, and this series of profiles in success, reflect the founding motivation of Science|Business, itself: through working with our university and industry partners, we want to improve the climate for enterprise in science.
Terri Robinson | alfa
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Our brains house extremely complex neuronal circuits, whose detailed structures are still largely unknown. This is especially true for the so-called cerebral cortex of mammals, where among other things vision, thoughts or spatial orientation are being computed. Here the rules by which nerve cells are connected to each other are only partly understood. A team of scientists around Moritz Helmstaedter at the Frankfiurt Max Planck Institute for Brain Research and Helene Schmidt (Humboldt University in Berlin) have now discovered a surprisingly precise nerve cell connectivity pattern in the part of the cerebral cortex that is responsible for orienting the individual animal or human in space.
The researchers report online in Nature (Schmidt et al., 2017. Axonal synapse sorting in medial entorhinal cortex, DOI: 10.1038/nature24005) that synapses in...
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Using ultrafast flashes of laser and x-ray radiation, scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (Garching, Germany) took snapshots of the briefest electron motion inside a solid material to date. The electron motion lasted only 750 billionths of the billionth of a second before it fainted, setting a new record of human capability to capture ultrafast processes inside solids!
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For the first time, physicists have successfully imaged spiral magnetic ordering in a multiferroic material. These materials are considered highly promising candidates for future data storage media. The researchers were able to prove their findings using unique quantum sensors that were developed at Basel University and that can analyze electromagnetic fields on the nanometer scale. The results – obtained by scientists from the University of Basel’s Department of Physics, the Swiss Nanoscience Institute, the University of Montpellier and several laboratories from University Paris-Saclay – were recently published in the journal Nature.
Multiferroics are materials that simultaneously react to electric and magnetic fields. These two properties are rarely found together, and their combined...
MBM ScienceBridge GmbH successfully negotiated a license agreement between University Medical Center Göttingen (UMG) and the biotech company Tissue Systems Holding GmbH about commercial use of a multi-well tissue plate for automated and reliable tissue engineering & drug testing.
MBM ScienceBridge GmbH successfully negotiated a license agreement between University Medical Center Göttingen (UMG) and the biotech company Tissue Systems...
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