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Sandy Yu

Assistant Professor
Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship


  • PhD
    Economics New York University

  • MS
    Electrical Engineering Stanford University

  • BS
    Electrical Engineering Stanford University


  • Entrepreneurship
  • Technology & Innovation

Sandy Yu is an Assistant Professor in the Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship department at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Business. Her research examines key strategic concerns of entrepreneurs: fundraising and growth. Her current work focuses on the impact of start-up financing from sources such as venture capital, accelerators, and crowdfunding. Her work is supported by the Kauffman Foundation and the National Science Foundation.

Sandy holds a Ph.D. in Economics from New York University, a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Prior to academia, she worked at Microsoft, Toshiba, and Ooma. 

Selected Works

Yu, Sandy & Johnson, Scott & Lai, Chiayu & Cricelli, Antonio & Fleming, Lee, 2017. "Crowdfunding and regional entrepreneurial investment: an application of the CrowdBerkeley database," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 46(10), pages 1723-1737.
Yu, Sandy. "How Do Accelerators Impact the Performance of High-Technology Ventures?"

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