Research Fellow, Imperial College London
Kun's recent work investigates the impact of the knowledge base of industrial clusters on innovation performance of start-up firms and national institutions, such as IPR regime and competition policy on the emergence of technology entrepreneurship.
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Dr Kun Fu joined ERC in Spring 2013 working as a Research Fellow at Imperial College Business School. Previously she worked in the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Group at Imperial College Business School as a Research Associate after being awarded a PhD degree in Business Administration and Management at Bocconi University. At the ERC Kun is working with Professors Mike Wright and Erkko Autio.
Her recent work has investigated the impact of the knowledge base of industrial clusters on innovation performance of start-up firms and national institutions, such as IPR regime and competition policy on the emergence of technology entrepreneurship. She is working with Professor Erkko Autio investigating how entrepreneurs react to their contexts and examines the outcomes of this process such as firm creation, growth aspiration, innovation, and internationalization, and with Professors Mike Wright and Nick Wilson on the role of board directors and the performance of firms with different ownership structures.
A Nation of Angels. Assessing the impact of angel investment across the UK
Published: 28 January 2015
The Enterprise Research Centre were commisioned by the UKBAA in association with the Centre for Entrepreneurs (CfE) and with the support of the BVCA, Deloitte, Barclays and the ESRC, to produce a Research Study Report in order to better understand the impact of angel investing on the growth of their investee businesses and the influence of these new developments in the marketplace and to identify what action UKBAA and other key players can take to further support the growth and effectiveness of angel investing.
The results of this study demonstrate the important role that angel investing is playing in the economy in bringing risk capital and business experience and skills to support the growth of small businesses, but also through creating social impact through their investments. Ultimately it is hoped this will reinforce the need for Governments , key stake holders and opinion formers to give continuing support to this “Nation of Angels” to enable the angel community to continue to grow and fulfil their important contribution to the UK economy.
Conducted by Prof Mark Hart, Deputy Director , ERC, Aston Business School , Prof Mike Wright, ERC, Imperial Business School and Dr Kun Fu, ERC , Imperial Business School this report presents the results of the largest study of the investment behaviour and impact of business angels in the UK to date. The study comprised responses from 403 individual angels who responded to the online ‘Nation of Angels’ survey detailed follow-up telephone interviews with 42 individual angels who shared more details of their investment behaviour, and an online survey of 28 angel syndicate and network leads across the UK representing ~8,000 angels.