Start-Up Coaching: What Does It Add To Societal Impact of Research?

Inma Aleixos Borrás
University of Stuttgart
Thursday, 15 June 2023 - 11:00

This is an on-going study in which we explore inductively start-up coaches’ role in developing an entrepreneurial identity in researchers and having impact in research institutions. Our initial working hypothesis was that start-up coaches can play a relevant role in embedding an entrepreneurial mindset in researchers, or steering researchers towards an entrepreneurial horizon. Contrary to our working hypothesis, we found that start-up coaches’ strong commitment with neutrality prevents them from doing so. Coaches’ work consists on helping researchers to reflect on their main intrinsic and extrinsic motivations to create a start-up, and on both the impact and consequences of creating a start-up. After such reflection researchers have to decide whether they want to engage in a process of creating a start-up. During this reflexive process coaches adopt different coaching approaches depending on researchers’ intrinsic or extrinsic motivations to engage in commercializing their own research. Governmental funding to support the transfer of research to society allows both researchers and coaches to enter into a transitional process of venture creation during which researchers may or may not adopt an entrepreneurial identity. Based on our findings, we suggest that start-up coaches contribute to societal impact of research in several ways.


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Inma Aleixos-Borrás is a post-doctoral Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Science of the University of Stuttgart. Her MSCA project, entitled “Disrupting gendered stereotypes and disclosing neglected value-laden motivations of academic entrepreneurship" (UNGENDERED VALUES), will run from 1st August 2022 to 31st July 2024 under the supervision of Ferran Giones. UNGENDERED VALUES includes, on the one hand, an unprecedented interventional study that aims to disrupt gendered stereotypes of entrepreneurship among STEM scientists with the use of cinematography. On the other hand, it encompasses a multimethod study aimed to disclose the role that (un)gendered neglected pro-social and intrinsic values and other broader mix of causes play in triggering, maintaining, and dissuading researchers' entrepreneurial initiatives over time.

She has a B.A. of Library and Information Science (Universitat de València), a B.S. of Information Science (Universitat Politècnica de València), and a M.A. of Science in Information (University of Michigan) with a Fulbright Fellowship. During her PhD research (Universitat Politècnica de València and Eramus Mundus Fellow at the University of Ottawa) on the reuse of research data, and her participation in the EXREL research project, she has become interest in researchers’ behavior in general, and in disciplines such as, for instance, sociology of science, STS, and science policy studies.