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University spin-offs

Vol. 545 No. 7654_supp ppS1-S24
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  • Starting a company demands a suite of skills and attitudes that are far from universal among those who choose to pursue a career in science. Still, a substantial proportion of researchers have ambitions of launching a commercial venture. And as this Outlook’s stories of 22 spin-offs attests, this Venn-diagram intersection of investigation and entrepreneurship is creating a vigorous sector in the global economy.

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    Cover art: Jan Kallwejt



Survey results

  • Sampling the spin-off spirit

    In March, Nature asked visitors to for their opinion on entrepreneurship. More than 1,400 people responded, presenting a quantitative portrait of this sector of the science-based economy. See Survey results, Questionnaire and Survey results data.

    Gregory Goodey aided in the creation and analysis of the survey