Most academic administrators and researchers who look into entrepreneurship on campus focus on technology transfer — namely, how scientific advances made at the university can be commercialized to a) aid economic growth, thus letting society/the economy benefit from knowledge accumulation and b) provide $$ for the school and the professors.
Here is an update from the National Dialogue on Entrepreneurship on tech transfer and a new tech transfer initiative from the Kauffman Foundation.
Inspired by positive results from a joint study with the Max Planck Institute of Economics, the Kauffman Foundation has formed a network that will bring proof of concept centers together to move university innovations into the marketplace. These centers provide seed funding to university-based early stage research as well as a host of advisory services and educational initiatives to assist students and faculty with market research, mentoring, development and testing of innovations, preparation of business plans and connections to the commercial market.
Click here to read more from Kauffman, download the report, and watch a video on the initiative.
I still believe the focus on tech and tech transfer is a bit misguided. It creates bureaucracies — TTO offices and centers — to do the job of entrepreneurs. I don’t know if this will lead to success.