Yael Hochberg, head of the Entrepreneurship Initiative at Rice University and the academic director of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, is leading a five year effort to study the effects of entrepreneurship education on entrepreneurial success. The research project is made possible by a $1.5 million grant from the Kauffman Foundation.
“Our research agenda aims to explore these new institutions and their features, and to answer a number of fundamental questions about their nature and efficacy,” Hochberg said. “We expect the results of our study to be of considerable interest to many groups, including accelerators, incubators, local governments considering entrepreneurship education programs and educational institutions.”
Hochberg was awarded the 2016 Ewing Marion Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research — and its $50,000 prize — last week for her work on the venture capital industry, accelerators, networks and corporate governance and compensation policies. In addition to her position at Rice, she holds a research affiliate position with MIT’s Sloan School of Management and is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She is also managing director of the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project, which publishes an annual ranking of accelerator programs in the United States.
Kauffman Foundation Recognizes Promising Young Researchers
In addition to Hochberg, the Kauffman Foundation also recognized the potential of promising young researchers in announcing the recipients of the 2016 Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship. The 20 students each receive fellowships in the amount of $20,000 to support their dissertation research in the area of entrepreneurship.