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Science-Based Business: Knowledge Capital or Entrepreneurial Ability?: Theory and Evidence from a Survey of Biotechnology Start-ups

Serguey Braguinsky (), Yuji Honjo, Sadao Nagaoka and Kenta Nakamura

No 10-05, IIR Working Paper from Institute of Innovation Research, Hitotsubashi University

Abstract: We present a model of science-based entrepreneurship where ideas initially produced by researchers with high-level knowledge capital may be developed by high-ability entrepreneurs. With moderate investment costs, startups continuously managed by inventors-founders coexist in equilibrium with startups that experience entrepreneurial turnover. The model predicts that startups managed by non-founder entrepreneurs would on average outperform the startups managed by their founders and that better functioning of the market for entrepreneurial talent should result in more entrepreneurial turnover in equilibrium which in its turn leads to more ideas being commercialized and higher rewards to successful startups. The predictions of the model are tested against a unique dataset drawing upon a representative sample of biotechnology startups in Japan and are found to be broadly supported in the data.

Keywords: Science-based Business; Biotechnology; Start-ups; Entrepreneurship; Innovation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O31 O32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 49 p.
Date: 2010-09
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cse, nep-ent, nep-ino, nep-knm and nep-sbm
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