Fostering entrepreneurship and the growth of commercialization in university environments is often limited by the lack of adequate managerial and commercial skills and competences by researchers. Even when researchers develop a great idea/technology, they often lack business competences to be able to handle the transition from the initial idea to the final product.
The Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Linköping University has designed several programmes for incentivizing commercialization and helping the maturation of new technologies mainly by supporting the activities via courses and training. The most known programme in this respect is the Entrepreneurship and New Business Development Programme (ENP), launched to solve the issues of commercialization. Within the field of entrepreneurship, the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) manages a number of other programmes besides ENP designed to support knowledge-intensive firms at the local, national and international arena.