Coordinator: Diego D'Adda



According to Peter Drucker entrepreneurship is the lifeblood of business. It can also be said that entreprenreuship is the lifeblood of all organizations and of society in general. For this reason one of the main aim of the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (C2I) is to investigate the factors affecting the entrepreneurial propensity of people and the role of entrepreneurship in generating innovation in firms and in the society.

Specific emphasis is given to understanding the phenomenon of knowledge based and academic entrepreneurship.

Research activity in this area deals with the following topics:

- the entrepreneurial propensity of individuals (e.g. student entrepreneurship, women entrepreneurship)

- academic entrepreneurship and spin-offs

- factors affecting growth and performances of innovative start-ups (e.g. technological alliances, M&A)

- entrepreneurial finance (especially Venture Capital)


Ongoing projects: Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Italy (resarchgate)


List of selected publications:

Colombo MG, D'Adda D, Quas A.  2019.  The geography of venture capital and entrepreneurial ventures' demand for external equity. Research Policy

Bertoni F., D'Adda D., Grilli L..  2019.  Self-selection of entrepreneurial firms in thin venture capital markets: Theory and empirical evidence. Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal

Cainelli G., Giannini V., Iacobucci D..  2019.  Small firms and bank financing in bad times. Small Business Economics

Ben-Hafaïedh C., Micozzi A., Pattitoni P..  2018.  Academic spin-offs’ entrepreneurial teams and performance: a subgroups approach. Journal of Technology Transfer

Barbieri E., Rubini L., Pollio C., Micozzi A..  2018.  What are the trade-offs of academic entrepreneurship? An investigation on the Italian case Journal of Technology Transfer

Curci N., Micozzi A..  2017.  Entrepreneurial activity and education in Italy. Industria

Micozzi A., Micozzi F., Pattitoni P..  2016.  Fostering female entrepreneurship in academic spin-offs. University Evolution, Entrepreneurial Activity and Regional Competitiveness

Colombo MG, D'Adda D, Pirelli LH.  2016.  The participation of new technology-based firms in EU-funded R&D partnerships: The role of venture capital. Research Policy

Bertoni F, D'Adda D, Grilli L.  2015.  Cherry-picking or frog-kissing? A theoretical analysis of how investors select entrepreneurial ventures in thin venture capital markets Small Business Economics

Micozzi A., Iacobucci D..  2015.  How to evaluate the impact of academic spin-offs on local development: an empirical analysis of the Italian case. Journal of Technology Transfer

Croce A, D'Adda D, Ughetto E.  2014.  Venture capital financing and the financial distress risk of portfolio firms: How independent and bank-affiliated investors differ. Small Business Economics

Iacobucci D, Micozzi A, Micucci G.  2013.  Gli spin-off universitari in Italia: un quadro del fenomeno e un'analisi della governance e della performance. L'Industria.

Micozzi A., Iacobucci D., Orsini S., Iacopini A..  2011.  Fostering entrepreneurship in Academic spin-offs. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business

Colombo MG, D'Adda D, Piva E.  2010.  The contribution of university research to the growth of academic start-ups: an empirical analysis. The Journal of Technology Transfer

Iacobucci D., Rosa P..  2010.  The growth of business groups by habitual entrepreneurs: The role of entrepreneurial teams. Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice