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National center one of the suggestions in Swedish government's inquiry about support to innovation and entrepreneurship at universities

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Maureen McKelvey, Professor at the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg, has been part of an expert group of leading Swedish scholars in innovation and entrepreneurship, contributing to the Swedish government's inquiry about support to innovation and entrepreneurship at universities.

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The inquiry addresses public support to innovation and entrepreneurship at Swedish universities. The researchers give many proposals for improvements, with the aim to improve the national technology transfer offices as well as how students and researchers can further develop their commercialization of ideas. A particularly welcome proposal is the one to develop a national center for gathering knowledge about innovation and entrepreneurship, which McKelvey and the School of Business, Economics and Law have long argued for.

- A national center for innovation and entrepreneurship could allow all universities in Sweden active in the field to discuss new developments in research, advanced education and communication. The center would become a powerful force to improve not only university education but also diffuse and impact society at large through innovation and entrepreneurship, says Maureen McKelvey.

About the inquiry

In summary, the inquiry has been to analyze various aspects of the universities' innovation support and to submit proposals on how the support can be improved. The inquiry was handed over to the Swedish government on Friday 16 October.

The expert group consists of Maureen McKelvey (University of Gothenburg) Magnus Klofsten (Linköping University), Åsa Lindholm Dahlstrand (Lund University), Mats Lundqvist (Chalmers University of Technology) and Karl Wennberg (Linköping University).

More information (in Swedish): www.sou.gov.se