From December 7-9, 2011, Alicia Robb, PhD, is a visiting researcher in the ZEW Research Department "Industrial Economics and International Management". She is a Senior Research Fellow at the Kauffman Foundation and at the University of California. Alicia Robb is responsible for the Kauffman Firm Survey, an annual survey among start-ups in the USA. Her research focuses on start-ups and the financing of new business foundations. During her stay at ZEW she will be working together with ZEW researchers on the differences between German and US start-ups.