Universities and research institutes around the world are increasingly expected to generate revenue through commercialisation of research. That puts pressure on researchers to become entrepreneurs. The problem is, it’s not easy being both a researcher and an entrepreneur, and not many do well at it. 

What makes researchers want to become entrepreneurs? What kind of support helps them to succeed? Fortunately, a growing body of peer-reviewed literature addresses these kinds of questions. This blog aims to look at some of the literature and summarise the findings.

A word of caution

Just about every study of researchers inevitably focuses on a subset of the community, for example those in selected countries, types of institutions, or fields of study. Therefore, before extrapolating any conclusions, it's important to consider whether the results apply to people outside the studied group.


For example, is a study of life science researchers relevant to physical science researchers? Sometimes it is, but sometimes it isn’t. Therefore, always check the source of data being used in a study. Each post on this blog mentions the source of data.

Also keep in mind that each post on this blog is a short summary of a longer article. Sometimes a post will only focus on one aspect of a broader study. Details may be omitted which could turn out to be relevant to your situation. If you think some findings sound useful, it’s a good idea to go back to the original article to understand the full context before making any important decisions.

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About me

Martin Puchert

I live in Sydney and enjoy working in intellectual property (IP). I run a firm called Intangium which helps research organisations with IP management. I’m particularly interested in the human side of IP: how can the seemingly dry topic of IP be made relevant to people in research-intensive organisations? 

I’m a registered Australian patent attorney and originally trained in physics in Australia (BSc, PhD). 


All the best
Martin Puchert