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Biography: He is Quality & Accreditation Advisor and a researcher affiliated to the SMEs and Entrepreneurship Research Unit of HEC-ULg. His research bears on the economic recognition of universtiy research through the creation of new activities (university spin-offs ), which was the topic of his doctoral research (2001, University of Lille 2). Within the SMEs Research Unit (HEC-ULg), Fabrice Pirnay has taken part in various research projects relating to female entrepreneurship, consultancy resources for SMEs, traditional entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship development in education, family companies and the growth factors of university spin offs. He has written extensively on case studies relating to Walloon entreprises. His has won various awards for his research: Prix de l ALD-Lg (1992), Prix de la Fondation pour la Recherche (2000) et Prix FNEGE (2003), the latter being awarded every other year in recognition for the the best PhD thesis relating to entrepreneurship defended in the French-speaking countries (France, Quebec, Switzerland and Belgium). F. Pirnay is a contributor to several prominent scientific journals (Small Business Economics ; Technovation ; International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation ; Entrepreneurship & Regional Development) and takes part in numerous international conferences.
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