VTT has started Finnentre, a project studying the success and failure factors
behind Finnish innovative companies and entrepreneurs. The project
investigates entrepreneurship and innovativeness over firms’ and innovations'
life-cycle, and especially the way innovative activities relate to the birth,
survival and success or failure of firms. In the main focus of the research
are companies, which have developed and commercialized one or more
The research project is divided into 3 main research modules. The first module
addresses the determinants of firm creation, the way innovative
entrepreneurial ideas get implemented, and how this may be related to firms’
early-stage survival and performance, as well as the way innovative ideas get
to the market, at any stage of the firm life-cycle.
second module investigates the product life-cycle of innovations themselves,
and the way innovation timing may relate to the survival and growth of firms,
or otherwise to their failure and exit from the market.
third module analyses the way location, and the possibility to profit from
incoming knowledge spillovers, may relate to the innovative activity and
performance of multi-plant firms.
The three research modules
are complemented by a strategy- and policy-focused analysis, aiming to provide
policy makers and managers with insights about innovativeness and
entrepreneurship, about how to better develop and commercialise new ideas.
other partners, two renowned experts in the field of innovation and
entrepreneurship studies, Prof. David B. Audretsch (Indiana University, USA,
and Max Plank Institute) and Prof. Reinhilde Veugelers (Katholieke
Universiteit Leuven), participate in the Finnentre project.
Finnentre project is funded by Tekes and is due to be completed by the end of