At Maastricht University they are thinking about how they can invest academic pension funds in a way that will lead to long-lasting benefits to society. The investment of these funds into academic spin-offs could be a solution while, at the same time, creating a relationship linking universities to the private business section and the government in the region.
In Maastricht, there is key participation between the Dutch civil service pension and research institutes, such as the Brightlands Health Campus. These institutions, in turn can, generate profit while taking advantage of university research. Even though academic spin-offs probably won’t ever be multi-billion euro companies, they have access to the newest information in scientific communities and can transform this knowledge into something that benefits society.
In many countries, such as the UK , both governments and universities are planting the question about how to incorporate academic spin-offs into the economy. Perhaps the Netherlands has an answer to some of these questions.