Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/50445
Authors: 
Arvanitis, Spyros
Stucki, Tobias
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
KOF working papers // KOF Swiss Economic Institute, ETH Zurich 265
Abstract: 
Innovative start-ups, not start-ups in general, seem to be important drivers of economic growth. However, little is known about how such firms look like. As activities of start-ups are strongly related to firm founders, we investigate this question focusing on the innovation capability of firm founders. We find that the combination of different founder characteristics such as university education (at best a combination of technical and commercial education), prior experience in R&D, and strong motivation to realize own innovative ideas increases innovative activities of start-ups by more than 40%.
Subjects: 
start-ups
innovation
founder characteristics
JEL: 
M13
L26
O30
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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