Science|Business
Policy Analysis: Investment, Policy
Horizon 2020 Special Coverage
The EU Energy Challenge: Can innovation fill the gap?
The EU’s transition to a sustainable energy system is a top policy challenge of the coming decade. Though much progress has been achieved, the pace of change is too slow.
Square - Brussels Meeting Centre - 13 November 2014
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
Universities, Businesses & Co.: Together we can (Partner Event)
Strategic inter-sectoral Partnerships for Economic and Social Change and Growth
Rome - 02 October 2014
Helping Europe Innovate
The Annual Report 2013-2014 is a summary of the activites of the Science|Business Innovation Board over the past year. The Science|Business...
Published:
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

Advertisement