MBA (cum laude) 2004
Babson College – F. W. Olin School of Business
B Tech 1993
Computer Engineering Manipal Institute of Technology, India
My research focuses on the strategies used by entrepreneurial ventures to influence their legitimacy and to acquire resources, including the use of signals and sensegiving communications. I explore these topics in digitally mediated social and economic environments such as equity crowdfunding and online social networks, through randomized field experiments and panel data methods.
Honors and Awards
2015 Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship award
2015 Carlson School of Management Dissertation Fellowship award
2015 Selected for the West Coast doctoral consortium (UW)
2015 and 2014 Selected for the Kauffman doctoral consortium (UMD)
2015 and 2013 Selected for the Great Lakes Entrepreneurship Network doctoral consortium (IU and OSU)
2013 and 2012 McNamara Women’s Fellowship award
2015 Dec - Featured in the Carlson Alumni Newsletter
Bapna, Sofia, and Mary Benner. “Entrepreneurship, Legitimacy and Online Social Communities: An Empirical Investigation.” Dissertation essay. Will be submitted for review shortly.
Bapna, Sofia, Gordon Burtch, and Harry Sapienza. “Evaluating the Role and Mechanism of Media Influence in Equity Crowdfunding.” Working paper.
Bapna, Sofia and Gordon Burtch. “Evaluating the Role of Lead Investors in Equity CrowdFunding.” Working paper.