ERC research cited in article by James Hurley in the Times,
A 2015 study into spin-outs by the Enterprise Research Centre found that for the “majority of academic founders” there were “significant tensions” between their commitments to university academic work and the demands of the embryonic company. Research paper No 35: Profiling UK university spin-outs authored by Professor Nola Hewitt-Dundas of Queen’s University Belfast presented the results of a comprehensive survey of UK university spin-out businesses. While various academic studies have examined university spin-outs (USOs) these have largely focused on a small sample of businesses, often within certain universities. These are useful and insightful studies in contributing to our understanding of the antecedents and determinants of USO success.