On March 9, Kavita Surana presented on "Governments as Partners: The Role of Collaboration in Cleantech Startup Innovation" at a Global Sustainability Forum. 

During her presentation, Surana described the findings from her paper that she coauthored with Claudia Doblinger and Laura Diaz Anadon, which has yet to be published. 

"We use a new dataset on the global collaborations of 657 US cleantech startups from 2008 to 2012, to show that technology and licensing collaborations with governments are more important for startup innovation and follow-on financing investments when compared to startup collaborations with other firms, non-governmental research organizations, and not-for-profit organizations," Surana said. 

In the past, Surana has focused on achieving innovation via centralized coordination. This type of innovation requires long-term perspectives and relatively stable funding, she said. She and her partners discovered through their research that every additional government-tech collaboration increases patenting significantly. 

"Our results inform policymakers on efficient resource allocation by extending the understanding on the role of government beyond direct financiers of startup R&D activities through grants or in supporting innovation through the design of deployment (or market creation) policies for firms." Surana explained. "Entrepreneurs and investors can benefit from our findings that may help support resource-constrained startups to identify the type of partner and collaboration that are associated with the highest innovation and funding outcomes."