Entrepreneurship and the Digital Economy

Monday, March 28, 2022 – 17.00-20.00 (CEST)


This symposium brings together a diverse set of leading scholars from across Europe to exchange ideas, disseminate knowledge, and generate recommendations for entrepreneurship research in an increasingly digitized world. Practical and policy implications will also be addressed. The event will feature two interactive panels, which will discuss and debate the impact of digital technologies and digital innovation on entrepreneurship as well as the opportunities and challenges of data-driven entrepreneurship. Confirmed panelists include Angela Martinez Dy (Loughborough), Annamaria Conti (HEC Lausanne), Anu Wadhwa, (Imperial), Chris Tucci (Imperial), Donato Cutolo (Bologna), Gary Dushnitsky (LBS), Markus Fitza (Frankfurt School), Michael Jacobides (LBS), Oliver Alexy (TUM), and Pinar Ozcan (Oxford). The panels will be moderated by Christina Kyprianou (IE) and Julio De Castro (IE). 

This is the third symposium in the IE University Research Initiative on Policy and Management in the Digital Economy, which is gratefully funded by a two-year unrestricted gift from Meta. The previous two symposiums examined (“Balancing Ecosystem Governance between Public and Private benefits in the Digitization Era”, and “Framing Innovation in times of Digital Transformation”), with over 200 participants each.  

The event will be for an online audience. To register to attend on Zoom, please click here



Donato Cutolo is an incoming Assistant Professor of entrepreneurship at IE University / IE Business School. His research touches upon several areas at the intersection of entrepreneurship, strategic management, and economic sociology, focusing on the impacts of digital platforms on society and business and the interaction between these platforms and entrepreneurship. He is also interested in understanding how entrepreneurs can actively mobilize linguistic and structural narrative features to influence how they are perceived and evaluated. His research has been published in or invited for revisions at the Journal of Management, the Academy of Management Perspectives, the Sloan Management Review, and Advances in Strategic Management.

Donato holds a Ph.D. in Management and an MSc in Engineering from the University of Bologna, and he was a visiting scholar at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Before joining Academia, he played professional basketball in Italy and Europe for more than ten years.


Annamaria Conti is an associate professor of strategy at the University of Lausanne’s Faculty of Business and Economics and serves as co-editor of the Journal of Economics & Management Strategy. Professor Conti’s research in the fields of entrepreneurship and economics of science focuses on the organization and performance determinants of technology startups and determinants of Ph.D. students’ productivity and career outcomes. Professor Conti’s research has been published in journals including Management Science, The Review of Economics and Statistics, Organization Science, and the Strategic Management Journal.


Markus Fitza is an Associate Professor at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. He conducts research in the areas of entrepreneurship, strategy and corporate governance. In his works he explored a variety of contexts, such as venture capital investments, IPO underpricing, upper echelons and corporate boards; recently he also published in the intersection of Biology and Entrepreneurship. Markus is a Member of the Editorial Board of the Strategic Management Journal and his work appeared in leading journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, the Strategic Management Journal and the Journal of International Business Studies as well as in media outlets such as the Financial Times, USA Today, the Guardian and the Independent. 


Markus holds a Ph.D. in Strategy and Entrepreneurship from the University of Colorado at Boulder, an MBA from the University of Oxford and a Master in Molecular Biology from the University of Texas at Austin. He taught business strategy, innovation management and entrepreneurship to undergraduate, graduate and executive audiences in the US, Europe, Asia and Australia, and in addition to his academic career he worked in various start-ups, as well as a board member.


Gary Dushnitsky  is an Associate Professor of Strategy & Entrepreneurship at London Business School. He also serves as a Senior Fellow at The Mack Institute for Innovation Management at The Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania). 

Gary’s work focuses on the economics of entrepreneurship, innovation and marketplaces. He explores the shifting landscape of entrepreneurial finance, exploring such topics as accelerators, corporate venture capital and crowdfunding. His research appeared in leading academic journals, such as Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Research Policy, Strategic Management Journal, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, and Nature Biotechnology.

Gary serves as the Co-Editor of the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, and prior to that served as a Senior Editor at Organization Science. He received several academic distinctions including the 2013 SMS Emerging Scholar Award, the 2009 Kauffmann Junior Faculty Fellowship , and several best dissertation prizes. 

Gary serves on advisory boards and also advises corporations in the Financial Industry, FMCG, Clean Tech, and Pharma sectors on a host of corporate venturing issues. He has been involved in several industry reports, as well as keynotes and panels such as the YPO, World Economic Forum, OECD, EVCA, BVCA, and others. 


Oliver Alexy joined the TUM School of Management in 2012 as Professor of Strategic Entrepreneurship. Previously, he held several roles in the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Group at Imperial College Business School in London, England. He teaches on topics such as organizational design, open innovation, entrepreneurial strategy & growth, and social entrepreneurship at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive programs at TUM School of Management and other schools of TUM, such as Informatics.


In his research, Oliver studies how to design organizations that effectively deal with extreme uncertainty, such as high-tech start-ups, R&D units, or online communities. His work has been published in leading academic and practitioner-oriented outlets, including for example Administrative Science Quarterly and Academy of Management Review as well as Harvard Business Review and Sloan Management Review. His recent interests mainly revolve around how collaboration, knowledge disclosure, or framing strategies may help uncertainty-facing organizations become more legitimate or more innovative, grow or reestablish themselves, or build or commandeer innovation ecosystems. Oliver is a co-editor of Strategic Organization and sits on the editorial review board of several management journals.


Christopher L. Tucci is Professor of Digital Strategy & Innovation at Imperial College Business School, where he directs the Centre for Digital Transformation and is co-Director of I-X, a new campus concept for Imperial College London.  Professor Tucci held the Chair in Corporate Strategy and Innovation from 2003-2020 at EPFL and was Dean of the College of Management there from 2013-2018. In 2018, he was Visiting Thought Leader at CEIBS in Shanghai, China.  He received the degrees of Ph.D. in Management from the Sloan School of Management, MIT; SM (Technology & Policy) from MIT; and BS (Mathematical Sciences), AB (Music), and MS (Computer Science) from Stanford University. He was an industrial computer scientist involved in developing Internet protocols and applying artificial intelligence tools in the 1980s. Professor Tucci teaches courses in Design Thinking, Digital Strategy, and Innovation Management. His primary area of interest is in how firms make transitions to new business models, technologies, and organizational forms. He also studies crowdsourcing, Internetworking, and digital innovations.  He has published articles in, among others, Academy of Management Review (AMR), SMJ, Management Science, Research Policy, Communications of the ACM, SEJ, Academy of Management Annals, and JPIM.  His article with Allan Afuah, “Crowdsourcing as solution to distant search,” won the Best Paper of 2012 for AMR.  He has served in leadership positions in the Academy of Management and the Strategic Management Society.


Pinar Ozcan is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. She also serves as the Director of the Oxford Future of Finance and Technology (Fintech) Initiative.

Pinar specializes in strategy, entrepreneurship, and technology markets. Her current research includes AI and business models in fintech, open banking and digital disruption in banking, and the rise of big tech platforms.

Pinar completed her Ph.D. at the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP) at the Stanford University Management Science and Engineering Department, and also holds a Master of Science and dual Bachelors degrees from Stanford.

At Stanford, Pinar directed the AEA Stanford Executive Institute, a summer executive program for the high tech industry for three consecutive years. She also organized the Stanford Entrepreneurship Thought Leaders Seminars, and helped create the Stanford Entrepreneurship Corner for entrepreneurship educators worldwide.

Since completing her PhD, Pinar has received the Excellence in Research Award at IESE, the EFMD Best Teaching Case Award, the IDEA Entrepreneurship Thought Leader Award, and Best Paper Nominations and Awards at Academy of Management Journal and Strategic Management Society. Pinar is also the 2015 recipient of the British Academy Newton Grant for the study of open innovation, the 2016 SWIFT award for the study of the UK Banking industry’s transition into open application programming interfaces (API’s), and the 2016 Best Conference Paper Award at Strategic Management Society.


Dr Angela Martinez Dy is Senior Lecturer at the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Loughborough University London.

She holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Washington in her hometown of Seattle, USA where she double majored in Mathematics and Creative Writing, and MA (Dist) and PhD in Entrepreneurship from Nottingham University Business School.

A scholar-activist and trained anti-racist and intersectional feminist community organiser, she has a track record of creating impact through building new community-based organisations, including Youth Speaks Seattle, a vehicle for youth empowerment through arts education which she co-founded at age 17.

Her research interests and communities of practice revolve around digital entrepreneurship, intersectional cyberfeminism, and critical realist philosophy. She takes a sociological, cyberfeminist perspective to understand the ways that society and technology interact and impact the world of work.

Anu Wadhwa


Anu Wadhwa is an Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship in the department of Management and Entrepreneurship at Imperial College London. Prior to joining Imperial College, she was on the faculty at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. She received her Ph.D. from the Foster School of Business at University of Washington, Seattle. 

Michael Jacobides


Michael G Jacobides (see is the Sir Donald Gordon Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation and Professor of Strategy at London Business School.

His work, which has received the Sloan Foundation Award, has appeared in the top academic journals such as SMJ, AMJ, AMR, OrgSci and Industrial & Corporate Change, where he is a co-Editor.

He studies industry evolution, value migration, firm boundaries and organization design. His recent work has shed light on the emergence and development of digital platforms and ecosystems and has looked at the strategic and policy issues this raises. He has visited Harvard, NYU, Cambridge, Imperial, Bocconi and Wharton, where he obtained his PhD, after studying at Athens, Cambridge and Stanford.

He is the Chief Expert Advisor on the Digital Economy at the Hellenic Competition Commission and a co-author of the WEF’s White Paper on Digital Platforms and Ecosystems. He is also a Visiting Scholar at the New York Fed, working on the shifting business model of financial intermediation.


Julia Reuss


Dr. Julia Reuss, Facebook’s Director Public Policy Central Europe. Julia Reuss joined Facebook in February 2021 and is responsible for regulatory affairs and policy strategy as well as policy programs in 30 Central European countries since February 2021. The region includes the BeNeLux countries, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, as well as 23 countries in Central and Eastern Europe and Russia. Julia Reuss previously held various management positions in the federal administration. Her positions led from the German Bundestag to the Federal Ministry of Transport and the Federal Chancellery. Julia Reuss was responsible for international strategic business development for Deutsche Bahn and represented the group in Paris for four years.

Julia Reuss studied political science in Vienna, Washington D.C. and Berlin and holds a PhD from the Free University of Berlin.

Probir Mehta


Probir Mehta is a Public Policy Director at Meta, where he leads policy work on media, IP, e-commerce, and trade policy. Previously, he served as Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Innovation & IP at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, where he was responsible for developing and overseeing U.S. trade policy related to innovation and IP and served as the lead IP negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).  Probir previously served as Associate General Counsel at USTR, where he provided legal counsel and analysis on intellectual property, standards, labor, and trade preference programs for emerging markets. While at USTR, he was selected to serve as a senior advisor to the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator where he developed and coordinated innovation-related international economic policy.  

 Prior to his government service, Probir practiced law in Washington, DC, clerked for the Honorable Federico A. Moreno of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, was a Visiting Scholar at the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences in Kolkata, India, and an Associate Professorial Lecturer in Law at The George Washington University Law School.

 Probir holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan, a MSc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School.



Julio O. de Castro is a professor and Chair of the Department of Entrepreneurship at IE Business School in Madrid. Prior to that, he was the Lewis family distinguished professor of Global Management and professor of Entrepreneurship at Babson College, Associate Dean of Research and Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship Management at Instituto de Empresa and associate professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Professor de Castro teaches in the areas of strategy and entrepreneurship. His research examines entrepreneurial and cross-cultural aspects of firm management and strategy. In particular, it examines the characteristics of the process of entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial failure and exits, the nature of entrepreneurship among women and Hispanics, and the nature of the entrepreneurial process in micro-enterprises.


Christina Kyprianou is Assistant Professor in the Entrepreneurship Department at IE. Her research examines platform launch and growth strategies as well as platform governance in the sharing economy. She is especially interested in how platform owners shape the behaviors of users, customers and other external stakeholders both formally and informally, and the impact of these activities on building and managing collaborative systems of value creation. She typically studies these topics using mixed methods, which combine traditional approaches to inductive theory building with software-enabled content analysis and text mining techniques. She has published and presented her work in various premier management journals and conferences. Christina also teaches classes on Entrepreneurship and Corporate Entrepreneurship in IE’s graduate programs. She earned her PhD in Strategic Management from the University of Texas at Austin and her MBA from Babson College.


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