Main tasks/objectives

Coordinator: Dr. Andrea Herrmann (UU)

FIRES investigated in great detail how start-up processes differ across Europe. We selected the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy as cases for the three varieties of capitalism that these countries represent. Data collection on start-up processes is too involved and time consuming to extend this effort beyond these three countries, but fortunately earlier work allowed us to also compare with the United States. As start-up processes are at the core of the Entrepreneurial Society, this research provides us with valuable new information that will help us formulate reforms in this area.

But there is more to an Entrepreneurial Society than just start-ups of new firms. In this work package we have therefore also proposed case studies in the 9 countries involved in our consortium.

The case studies look into:

  1. Solo-self employment in the Netherlands,
  2. Crowd-funding the UK,
  3. Swedish intrapreneurship,
  4. The Italian Young Innovative Companies Program,
  5. German Active Labour Market Policy,
  6. Greek Philanthropy,
  7. Hungarian High Tech Entrepreneurship,
  8. Belgian Succession Practices
  9. Elderly Entrepreneurship in Portugal.

These case studies cover aspects of capital, labour and knowledge institutions and highlight best practices, concerns and problems in the Entrepreneurial Society. In depth case studies may reveal important reform suggestions for our reform agenda.


Deliverable Lead Due Date
D5.1 – Internationally comparative dataset on start-up processes and their institutional foundations in Germany, Italy, the UK and the US UU April 2018
D5.2 – Case Study on London’s Crowd Funding LSE April 2016
D5.3 – Case Study on Dutch Solo-Self Employment UU April 2016
D5.4 -Case Study on Swedish Intrapreneurship IFN October 2016
D5.5 – Case Study on Italy’s Young Innovative Companies Program FSU JENA October 2016
D5.6 – Case Study on Italy’s Young Innovative Companies Program POLIMI April 2017
D5.7 – Case Studies on Greek Philantropy UPRC October 2016
D5.8 – Case Study on the Hungarian new tech. entrepreneurial ecosystem PTE October 2017
D5.9 – Case Study on Stock Option Taxation and Entrepreneurship in Europe IFN  April 2017
 D5.10 – Case Study on Belgian business succession practices  KU Leuven  April 2017
 D5.11 – Case Study on Elderly Entrepreneurship in Portugal  IST  October 2017
 D5.12 – An institutional reform strategy for Germany, for Italy and for the UK  UU  April 2018