Imperial College London


Business School

Chair in Entrepreneurship



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Bart Clarysse holds the Chair in Entrepreneurship at Imperial College London Business School. Bart joined the Business School’s Entrepreneurship Hub in 2007 from Nottingham University business school and Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School where he taught innovation and technology management, entrepreneurial marketing and entrepreneurship. He is a founder of several high tech start-ups in businesses such as digital cinema, mobile internet and venture incubation.

Following his Phd studies, Bart was an advisor in technology policy at the European Commission and he still consults on innovation and technology matters for various European governments and agencies. He is founding partner of Inceptum, a company that offers support to build a business plan out of an initial idea; and he sits on the board of Siruna, a mobile internet start-up. He also is an advisor in innovation policy to the Flemish Government, the Belgian Government and European Commission. He has over 50 publications in the field of high tech start-ups and managing growth of these companies and has been an executive teacher for several multinationals such as KLM, Belgacom, Recticel, USG People, Johnson&Johnson in corporate venturing and innovative turnaround strategies.

His on-going research interests include the analysis of acquisition decisions by established companies to enter new technological domain or adjacent markets. He analysis the growth strategies of technology ventures in adjacent markets and the valuation patterns of these ventures.

Bart's new book, The Smart Entrepreneur: How to Build for a Successful Business, authored with Sabrina Kiefer, is available now.


Cholakova M, Clarysse B, 2015, Does the Possibility to Make Equity Investments in Crowdfunding Projects Crowd Out Reward-Based Investments?, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Vol:39, ISSN:1042-2587, Pages:145-172

Stevens R, Moray N, Bruneel J, et al., 2015, Attention allocation to multiple goals: The case of for-profit social enterprises, Strategic Management Journal, Vol:36, ISSN:0143-2095, Pages:1006-1016

Knockaert M, Spithoven A, Clarysse B, 2014, The impact of technology intermediaries on firm cognitive capacity additionality, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Vol:81, ISSN:0040-1625, Pages:376-387

Clarysse B, Wright M, Bruneel J, et al., 2014, Creating value in ecosystems: Crossing the chasm between, knowledge and business ecosystems, Research Policy, Vol:43, ISSN:0048-7333, Pages:1164-1176

Bruneel J, Van de Velde E, Clarysse B, 2013, Impact of the Type of Corporate Spin-Off on Growth, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Vol:37, ISSN:1042-2587, Pages:943-959

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