Riccardo Fini is Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Management at the University of Bologna and a Fellow at Imperial College
London. He also serves as Director of the Entrepreneurship Hub at Bologna
Business School. He is a two-time recipient of the EU Marie Curie fellowship
(IEF2010; CIG2012). His research interests include entrepreneurship, science
commercialization and impact. His work is published in the Academy of
Management Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Management
Studies and Research Policy. He's serving as Associate Editor for the Journal
of Technology Transfer. His research was featured in Il Sole24Ore, Nature,
Times Higher Education and The New York Times.
Keynote Presentation: University Entrepreneurship and its Impact
Some of today's most influential inventions originated in university-labs. Yet, moving lab-based technologies to the marketplace is a bumpy, complex, and time-consuming process. In his talk, Dr. Fini will showcase how to effectively commercialize lab-based technologies, focusing on the determinants and impact of such a process. He’ll use research-based evidence from projects conducted in Italy, UK, and the USA, over the last ten years. He’ll first address the demographics and motivations of scientists who engage in commercialization activities. Then, he’ll discuss how organizational and institutional interventions may support or inhibit commercialization efforts. Finally, he’ll seize the impact of entrepreneurial activities at universities, for individuals and organizations who engage in it, as well as for public good and society at large.