An insight into the innovative start-up landscape of South Tyrol
A language barrier to effective policy transfer?
The characteristics of innovative start-up firms in South Tyrol, the northernmost
province of Italy, entirely mountainous, hosting a high-income population belonging
to three main language groups. This work is part of a series of thematic papers on
sub-national start-up landscapes in Italy, produced by the OECD Trento Centre for
Local Development. It represents a first attempt to analyse the effect of the Italian
policy framework for young innovative firms at the local level. South Tyrol is home
to a relatively small number of registered innovative start-ups, pointing to the presence
of obstacles to policy transfer. Evidence suggests that language barriers may play
a critical role. Firm dynamism, in particular high-growth and exit trends, the spread
of emerging technologies among local start-ups as well as their propensity to uptake
national incentives are other major focuses of this work, which concludes with a set
of evidence-based recommendations for policy-makers.
Available from November 17, 2020