Sofia Bapna

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 Platforms, Entrepreneurship, Gender Gaps


My research interests lie at the intersection of digital platforms, gender gaps, and entrepreneurship. I investigate these topics through the lens of organization theory, and utilize randomized field experiments.

Awards and Honors

2019 Nominee, Carlson Business Week, Faculty of the year award
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

Media Mentions

2019 Oct - StarTribune Addressing Dearth of Women Inventors
2019 June - IGL 2019 Gender and Innovation
2019 May - Experimental (by IGL) Balancing the Scales - Crowdfunding Sees Ideas Not Gender
2019 March - WSJ Custom Content The Evolution of Professional Networking
2018 Nov - Top 3 Takeaway from WiTH (Women in Technology Hollywood)
2018 Oct - Forbes How To Improve Gender Diversity In Entertainment Through Social Networking
2018 Aug - Entrepreneur The 5 Women All Female Entrepreneurs Need in their Corner
2018 June - UOWTV Women in STEM still at a disadvantage
2018 April - Carlson School Magazine The Job Market–Academically Speaking - Better Networking May Improve the STEM Gender Gap
2018 Jan - Discovery at Carlson Equity Investors and Entrepreneurs: The signals that matter
2017 Nov - Carlson News MIS Students learn tools of the trade
2016 Oct - Carlson News Sofia Bapna and Gordon Burtch Receive Kauffman Foundation-IGL Grant
2016 Aug - Growthology, "Keeping up with the Kauffman Dissertation Fellows" by Alex Krause
2015 Dec - Carlson Alumni Newsletter 
2012 Aug - Vogue (India), "Finding 40" by Shoba Narayan

Selected Works & Activities.

  • Sofia Bapna (2017) Complementarity of Signals in Early Stage Equity Investment Decisions: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment. Management Science.
  • Sofia Bapna, Mary Benner and Liangfei Qiu (2019) Nurturing Online Communities: An Empirical Investigation. MIS Quarterly.
  • Bapna, Sofia, and Russell Funk. An Experimental Assessment of Interventions for Improving Women’s Professional Networking: Results from IT. (R&R - Minor Revision)
  • Bapna, Sofia, and Martin Ganco. Evaluating Gender Gaps in Equity Crowdfunding: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment. (R&R - Minor Revision)
  • Bapna, Sofia, Martin Ganco, and Liangfei Qiu. Duality in User Entrepreneurs’ Prior Knowledge and Fundraising Performance: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment. (Under review)
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