Those named to the list were nominated by tech executives, entrepreneurs, and investors making up the Hot Topic community and had to meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Have worked within a Tier 1 university or business school
- Have helped shape the direction of formal entrepreneurship learning globally
- Have had articles of significant impact around the subject of entrepreneurship published in academic journals
Sapienza is the Curtis L. Carlson Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies. His areas of expertise include entrepreneurship, interorganizational relationships, organizational learning, decision-making, boards of directors, and venture capital, among others. Sapienza researches venture capital governance and board processes, learning in high-tech ventures, and new venture team formation.
Zahra is the Robert E. Buuck Chair of Entrepreneurship and Professor of Strategy as well as the academic director of the Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship and the chair of the Department of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship. His expertise is in entrepreneurship and capability development in global industries; international entrepreneurship; and the role of corporate entrepreneurship in knowledge creation, absorption, and conversion.