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Policy Analysis: Investment, Policy
Horizon 2020 Special Coverage
The Innovation Connection - The 2014 Science|Business Summit
The 2014 Science|Business Summit will bring together leaders from research, industry and policy to debate current future trends needed to unleash Europe's technological potential.
Berlin - 07 October 2014
So you want to start a company?
A workshop on forming a university spin-out company. Jointly organised by Science|Business and ASTP Proton as part of the ESOF conference.
Copenhagen - 25 June 2014
ACES Selection Committee
The Academic Enterprise Awards (ACES) Selection Committee meets to short list the finalists of the 2014 awards.
Copenhagen - 23 June 2014
The value(s) of science
With Europe’s biggest-ever research programme, Horizon 2020, now underway, Science|Business gathered several leaders in European research, industry and policy to debate the ethical questions that may arise. Their reflections, gathered here, are part of a Science|Business effort...
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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?...

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