Contributions from entrepreneurial universities to the regional innovation ecosystem of Boston

Simone Boruck Klein, Maria Celeste Lobos Reis de Vasconcelos, Reginaldo de Jesus Carvalho Lima, Simone Cristina Dufloth




Objective of the study: the objective of this research is to analyze how entrepreneurial universities in the Boston region, USA, contribute to the local innovation ecosystem.

Methodology / approach: used was the qualitative paradigm, classified as a multiple case study and with data collection through semi-structured interviews, document analysis and observation. For analysis used for strategic content analysis.

Originality / relevance: this research aims to contribute to society and dedicate itself to reflecting on the role of the university in modern society. The entrepreneurial universities provided a relevant research field, since this model of academic institution presented economic and social potential for regions where it is located.

Main results: as contributions by universities to the ecosystem: training of technologically selected students; building an entrepreneurial mindset in students; research groups with a multidisciplinary character; collaborative research groups with industries and companies; research groups for requested demands; competitions that include extra-university students; formation of start-ups with business model validation; contribution to economic development through the application of financial resources received and contribution to social development by fostering the development of the region.

Theoretical / methodological contributions: this study helps to identify the elements that make up an entrepreneurial university in a joint analysis of six universities in the Boston region; to characterize Boston's innovation ecosystem, which deals with branding an item for the university segment and to identify the set of actions and infrastructures connected as entrepreneurial universities to the ecosystem.


innovation ecosystem; entrepreneurial university; university innovation

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