Sofia Bapna
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Sofia Bapna

Assistant Professor
Information & Decision Sciences


  • PhD 2016
    Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship University of Minnesota

  • Master of Business Administration 2004
    Babson College – F. W. Olin School of Business

  • Bachelor of Technology in Computer Engineering 1993
    Computer Engineering Manipal Institute of Technology, India


Digital innovations are having a significant impact on entrepreneurship, as new ventures are increasingly weaving digital technologies into their business strategies. One stream of my research focuses on the strategies used by entrepreneurial ventures in digital contexts such as equity crowdfunding and online social networks, to influence their legitimacy and to acquire resources. A more recent stream of my research centers on examining ways in which gender bias can be mitigated in the context of equity crowd funding well as in the context of networking events for IT professionals.

I investigate these topics through the lens of organization theory, and utilize randomized field experiments as wells as rigorous econometric methods.

Awards and Honors

2017 Finalist, Carlson Business Week, Faculty of the year award
2017 Dean’s Small Research Grant, Carlson School of Management
2016 Kauffman-IGL grant for RCTs in entrepreneurship
2016 Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship award
2016 Social Media and Business Analytics Collaborative (SOBACO) research grant, with Russell Funk
2015 Carlson School of Management Dissertation Fellowship award
2013 and 2012 McNamara Women’s Fellowship award

2016 Oct - Carlson website news Sofia Bapna and Gordon Burtch Receive Kauffman Foundation-IGL Grant
2016 Aug - Featured in Growthology, "Keeping up with the Kauffman Dissertation Fellows" by Alex Krause
2015 Dec - Featured in the Carlson Alumni Newsletter 
2012 Aug - Referenced in Vogue (India), "Finding 40" by Shoba Narayan

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