Research Team

Julia Binder

Postdoctoral Researcher

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Julia joined ENTC in 2017. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the Technical University of Munich and an MSc in Marketing from the University of Edinburgh. Julia’s research focuses on entrepreneurship beyond profit, including sustainable and social entrepreneurship, as well as the role of founder identity and cognitive processes in identifying opportunities.

Christina Hertel

Postdoctoral Researcher

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Christina joined ENTC in 2018. She holds a PhD in Entrepreneurship, a MSc in Sustainable Resource Management and a BSc in Management and Technology from Technical University of Munich. Christina’s research focuses on community-based entrepreneurship as a means for tackling societal challenges and on cross-level identity dynamics in nascent entrepreneurial ventures.

  Shirah Foy

Postdoctoral Researcher

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Shirah joined ENTC in 2015. She holds an M.Sc. in Strategy from Aalto University in Helsinki and a B.B.A from Belmont University in International Entrepreneurship. Shirah’s research examines the interactions between identity, culture, and entrepreneurship. She is particularly interested in the two-way relationship: how macro-factors influence the microfoundations of entrepreneurship; and how, through their ventures, entrepreneurs⁠ effectuate change in society.

Davide Bavato


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Davide joined ENTC in the spring of 2020. He holds a double master degree in International Business from Stockholm School of Economics and CEMS – a global network of top-ranked business schools, with the defense of his doctoral dissertation on the subject of novelty at Erasmus University in 2020. In his research, Davide investigates how people and organizations evaluate and respond to new ideas. His studies brought him to examine the evaluation of new ideas in different empirical contexts, including crowdfunding campaigns, crowdsourcing platforms, pitch competitions and startup accelerators, and to employ both quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Enrico Bergamini

Doctoral Student

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Enrico joined ENTC in 2018. He holds a BSc and MSc in Aeronautical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano and gained extensive experience in aeronautical and automotive industry. He also holds a BSc in Work and Organisational Psychology from Conservatoire national des arts et métiers and attended the Conservatoire’s one-year seminar program in Philosophy of Work. Enrico’s research focuses on sustainable entrepreneurship and more specifically on ethical boundaries in the commercialization of emerging technologies.

Farzaneh Habibollahi

Doctoral Student

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Farzaneh joined ENTC in the summer of 2020. She holds a BSc in mechanical engineering from Sharif University of Technology and a MSc in Management of Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship from EPFL. After finishing her master studies she joined the Entrepreneurial Impact project (ROSE framework) as a Ph.D. candidate and is dedicating her research to the development of the ROSE (Return on Society and Environment) framework. Farzaneh’s research focuses on measuring and operationalizing tech start-ups’ non-financial sustainability-related performance. More specifically, she is interested to understand how the sustainability-related performance variables of the start-ups affect other relevant entrepreneurial performance variables to help investors in incorporating these aspects of start-up performance into their decision-making processes.