Policy Analysis: Investment, Policy
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It’s time for government to get professional about investing in innovation

An Imperial College London study, for the Science|Business Innovation Board, looks at how professional investors pick winners – and draws some lessons for government funders


Professor Bart Clarysse, Imperial College London

While it lacks the stellar returns of an Apple or Facebook, the European technology sector has had some notable investment success stories, such as Skype, Spotify and last.fm. Skype, for instance, received an early venture capital investment of $18.8 million and grew to an $8.5 billion buy-out through the participation of many VCs, private equity and corporate investors. There are now more than 100 million Skype users.

So how do you spot a Skype in the making?...



Related subjects: Innovation Board, Skype, VC, Imperial, venture capitalists

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