Kauffman Foundation Honors Promising Scholars for Ground-Breaking Research in Entrepreneurship

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Kauffman Emerging Scholars Awards Inspire Young Researchers to Study Entrepreneurship

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation announced today the recipient of the 2016 Ewing Marion Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research and the recipients of the 2016 Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship. The awards were presented Monday, Jan. 4, at the Allied Social Science Associations’ annual meeting in San Francisco.

“We are proud to recognize and support these bright, emerging scholars,” said Dane Stangler, vice president of Research and Policy at the Foundation. “The strong research of our past scholars in the field of entrepreneurship has lead the Foundation to continue to support and expand our Emerging Scholars program.”

The Kauffman Foundation funds a series of programs and initiatives designed to create a substantial body of research on entrepreneurship. The Foundation’s Emerging Scholars programs assist promising scholars in their efforts to earn doctoral degrees, encourage scholars to conduct research early in their careers and recognize ground-breaking research—all with a focus on entrepreneurship. These programs support and recognize achievements at each career level of an academic professional. Following are the recipients of this year’s awards:

Ewing Marion Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship

As a tribute to Ewing Marion Kauffman and his entrepreneurial work, the Kauffman Foundation established the Ewing Marion Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship in 2005 to inspire young scholars to contribute new insight into the field of entrepreneurship. The Medal is awarded annually to recognize a scholar early into his or her career as an associate professor or full professor whose research has made a significant contribution to entrepreneurship. The Kauffman Prize is judged by an independent panel of senior scholars from the field. More information on the Kauffman Prize Medal can be found at http://www.kauffman.org/kauffmanprize.

The 2016 recipient is:

Yael V. Hochberg serves as the head of the Entrepreneurship Initiative at Rice University and as academic director of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship. She holds a research affiliate position with MIT’s Sloan School of Management and is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She is also managing director of the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project, which publishes the annual ranking of accelerator programs in the United States.

Hochberg’s research and teaching interests focus on entrepreneurship, innovation and the financing of entrepreneurial activity. Her research focuses on the venture capital industry, accelerators, networks and corporate governance and compensation policies. In addition to her doctorate in finance from Stanford, she holds a B.Sc. in industrial engineering and management from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and an A.M. in economics from Stanford University. Her research has been published in top-tier journals, including Science Magazine, the Journal of Finance, the Review of Financial Studies, the Journal of Accounting Research, and the Journal of Financial Economics, and has been presented at numerous universities and governmental bodies around the world. She previously served as an associate editor at the Review of Finance. Hochberg serves on the advisory board and board of directors for a number of early-stage startups, and was named one of the world’s 40 under 40 best business school professors by Poets and Quants in 2015.

Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program

The Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program (KDFP) annually recognizes up to 20 exceptional doctoral students and their universities. Fellowships in the amount of $20,000 each will be awarded to the students to support their dissertation research in the area of entrepreneurship. Previously supporting up to 15 students per year with fellowships in the amount of $15,000, the KDFP was expanded in 2016 to reach additional doctoral students conducting excellent research in the field of entrepreneurship. Including the current class of fellows, 188 awards have been made since the program was created in 2003. More information on the Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program can be found at http://www.kauffman.org/kdfp.

The 2016 fellowship recipients, along with their university affiliations and the titles of their dissertations, are:

Michael Andrews, University of Iowa
Fuel of Interest and Fire of Genius: Essays on the Timing, Direction, and Location of Innovation

Sofia Bapna, University of Minnesota
Entrepreneurship and Digital Communities: Harnessing Legitimacy and Resources

Jae Beum Cho, Cornell University
Social Capital, the Missing Link: Three Essays on the Importance of Social Processes in Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

Joonkyu Choi, University of Maryland
Endogenous Risk Taking and Young Business Dynamics

Emanuele Colonnelli, Stanford University
Political Uncertainty, Entrepreneurship, and Labor Reallocation within Firms

Eliana Crosina, Boston College
The Making of an Entrepreneur: Unpacking the Role of Space in Entrepreneurial Identity Development

Tünde Cserpes, University of Illinois at Chicago
From Constrained Brokerage to Market: The Organizational and Spatial Dynamics in the Distribution Side of the Beer Industry

Daniel Davis, University of California, San Diego
University Innovation Labs: Transforming Approaches to Design Thinking, Social Change, and Student Entrepreneurism

Jake B. Grandy, University of Southern California
Regulatory Discretion and New Venture Outcomes: An Examination of U.S. Hydroelectric Power Sector, 1970-2014

Jorge Guzman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Idea, the Ecosystem, and the Startup: A Study of Innovation as the Source of Entrepreneurial Quality

Erik Hovenkamp, Northwestern University
Essays on Patents, Competition, and Legal Policy

Xavier Jaravel, Harvard Business School
Essays on the Economics of Innovation

Jacqueline Kirtley, Boston University
How Strategy Evolves in Entrepreneurial Nascent Technology Firms

Rembrand Koning, Stanford University
Field Experiments in Networks, Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Evidence from a Startup Bootcamp

Kyle R. Myers, University of Pennsylvania
Technical Marginality and Differentiation in Contests for New Ideas

Daniel M. Olson, University of Maryland
Social Comparison, Wages, and Career Attainment: Employee Entrepreneurship and Mobility in the Legal Services Industry

Meredith Lundberg Startz, Yale University
Information and Contracting Problems in Trade in Developing Countries

Andy Wu, University of Pennsylvania
Organizational Resource Assembly in Technology Ventures

Xin (Power) Xue, University of Virginia
Agency Cost under Information Asymmetry in Crowdfunding

Qianqian Yu, Boston College
Top Management Turnover, Inventor Mobility, and Corporate Innovation in Venture-backed Private Firms

About the Kauffman Foundation

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private, nonpartisan foundation that aims to foster economic independence by advancing educational achievement and entrepreneurial success. Founded by late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman, the Foundation is based in Kansas City, Mo., and has approximately $2 billion in assets. For more information, visit http://www.kauffman.org, and follow the Foundation on http://www.twitter.com/kauffmanfdn and http://www.facebook.com/kauffmanfdn.

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