Method

This chapter builds on four Swedish case studies which illustrate, in a condensed form, how a focal start up collaborates with various types of counterparts in the surrounding network. The cases, which have their origin in previous or ongoing research projects, have been selected in order to display variety. Common to all of them is that R&D collaboration is important, and this is the main reason they have been selected. However, there are differences with regard to how the start ups do this and the context in terms of industry, technology and the company’s origin and age. Furthermore, in this chapter, we have chosen to focus on what we perceive to be especially important or interesting for each case from the point of view of R&D collaboration. This means that not all types of R&D partnerships are necessarily covered by the case. See Table 5.1.

For all the cases, the data have been collected primarily by interviewing key individuals, mainly the start ups’ managing directors and founders. For each case, one to two people were interviewed, usually on several occasions. The interviews took their starting point in our analytical framework consisting of the five key questions. In other words, we gathered information about why the company collaborated, with whom, during which development phases, in what ways, and the object of the collaboration. Secondary data, for example, in the form of homepages and press releases, were also used when appropriate. Based on the collected data, the cases in this chapter are described with the focus on key R&D collaborations that have taken place. The empirical observations laid the foundations for a discussion on what forms of R&D collaboration that start ups are involved in.

Table 5.1 Basic information about case companies

Company

name

Origin

Industry

Year

of

establ.

R&D partners in focus

Swedish

Algae

Factory

Spin-off from the University of Gothenburg

Life science and cleantech

2013

Research

organisations

Customers

Machine Says Hello

Founded by an independent entrepreneur

ICT

2012

Customers

Lamera

Corporate spin-off from AB Volvo

Materials

2005

Research

organisations

Customers

Suppliers

Micropos

Medical

University spin-off founded by four clinical researchers

Medtech

2003

Research

organisations

Customers

Suppliers

 
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