Imprinting and the progeny of university spin-offs

Michael P. Ciuchta (First Author), Yan Gong (Participant Author), Anne S. Miner (Participant Author), Anthony Sadler (Participant Author), Chaim Letwin (Participant Author)

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In this paper, we employ a genealogical imprinting approach to theorize that experiences incurred during the founding of a first-generation university spin-off will influence future spin-off activity from the focal firm. We propose that firms that secure equity investment during their founding process will have a higher likelihood of generating subsequent spin-offs, and that this impact is conditional on the human capital of the founding team. We test our hypotheses on a sample of 101 first generation university spin-offs around a large US research university and their subsequent progeny firms. This study develops a new understanding of multi-generational spin-off processes in a region.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1113-1134
JournalThe Journal of Technology Transfer
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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  • Entrepreneurship
  • Imprinting
  • Regional development
  • University spin-offs
  • Venture capital

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