Entrepreneurship is encouraged and supported in academia, at every level of study. At MIT, doctoral students now weigh the pros and cons of pausing their academic pursuits (or dropping out) to develop their work commercially against completing their doctorate. Do they let licenses run out, developed inside of the University? Or do they stay in school? It is hard to run a company and do the work required for graduation, but where is their obligation? This article in The Chronicle describes some examples. “The public has invested in university research and will now reap the benefits. At the bottom of these initiatives, though, are students like Ms. Brikner, who now must balance two obligations to MIT: as student and licensee.”
via Start Up, Slow Down – Research – The Chronicle of Higher Education.
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