The Role of Universities in Harnessing Entrepreneurial Opportunities

  • Paola De Bernardi
  • Danny Azucar
Part of the Contributions to Management Science book series (MANAGEMENT SC.)


Universities have been documented as key influencers in the performance of agri-food innovation and entrepreneurial activities, and have been evidenced as significant contributors to building the competencies of food system members. Their role in promoting sustainable transitions in food systems through knowledge creation and human capital development cannot be ignored. The current food systems provide an array of entrepreneurial opportunities for its institutions and invidual members who seek to create value while simultaneously ameliorating the present challenges that threaten natural resources. However, it has been noted that individual entrepreneurial skills are not enough to fully assess the presence of opportunities in the complex food system. Universities are therefore seen as key elements to provide further practical education that includes social and interaction techniques, education for business creation, and provide access to diverse networks and viable markets in order to boost opportunity recognition capacities for aspiring entrepreneurs. In this chapter we provide a review of the main drivers of the university’s role in promoting research, innovation, and entrepreneurship through their entrepreneurial strategies and programmes.


Entrepreneurial university Knowledge spillover Entrepreneurship Entrepreneurial education Entrepreneurial opportunity 


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