May 09, 2016
The SCIENT project surveyed 1080 PhD STEM students and graduates from across Europe including Italy, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, Lithuania, the UK and Germany in the summer of 2015.
STEM PhD students show a desire to engage with entrepreneurial activity. Our survey found that 69% of respondents were willing to use their research findings to develop new marketable products and that 59% have considered starting their own business. However, they face barriers to acting on that desire. Gaining access to funding, the costs of patenting, and access to facilities and premises are the three most prominent barriers according to the respondents.
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