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Chapter 8 Reflections on Technium Swansea: Ambition, Learning and Patience

Gareth Davies Orcid Logo, Sian Roderick, Michael D. Williams, Roderick Thomas Orcid Logo

Creating Entrepreneurial Space: Talking Through Multi-Voices, Reflections on Emerging Debates, Volume: 9, Pages: 137 - 151

Swansea University Authors: Gareth Davies Orcid Logo, Roderick Thomas Orcid Logo

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The Technium initiative started in 2001 with an initial Business and Innovation Centre established in the Swansea docklands area. Early success of this first Technium building led to the concept being rapidly proliferated into a pan-Wales network of primarily sector-focused centres. Whilst the Welsh...

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Published in: Creating Entrepreneurial Space: Talking Through Multi-Voices, Reflections on Emerging Debates
ISBN: 978-1-78769-578-8 978-1-78769-577-1
ISSN: 2040-7246
Published: 2019
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