Notes to editors
About the research
Imperial College Business School undertook the research for this report from January to February 2015. Country-level data on low-carbon ventures is drawn from the i3 database published by the Cleantech Group. Broader country-level data are drawn from OECD statistics.
Country-level data on spin-outs is also drawn from SpinoutsUK for UK data and from the STATT database of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) for US data. No such national dataset appears to exist in Germany.
University-level data for the top universities in each country studied within the report (UK, US and Germany), was gathered by Imperial researchers from published information from their Technology Transfer Offices. We have focussed on the top three universities in each territory, identifying them in the US from the AUTM data, in the UK from the SpinoutsUK data, and in Germany from a review of leading technology universities (in the absence of national data). Each TTO list of spinouts was reviewed to identify the low-carbon spinouts in the period.
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