Research Team

Sharon Tal-Itzkovitch 
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In addition to her role as Executive Director of the Entrepreneurship Center at the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology), Sharon pursued her doctoral studies under the co-supervision of Prof Marc Gruber. Sharon’s research looked at startups’ market entry decisions and their consequences on firm performance and flexibility. She completed her Ph.D. in December 2013. Together with Prof Marc Gruber, Sharon co-created the ‘Market Opportunity Navigator’- a business tool that helps innovators in setting their market opportunity strategy, and co-authored the complementing book ‘Where to Play’. She gives lectures and workshops on a regular basis to students and start-ups dealing with high-tech marketing.
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.
Nettra Pan
Postdoctoral Researcher
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Nettra joined ENTC in 2013 as a doctoral student and defended her thesis in 2018. She holds an M.A. from the Institute of Political Studies in Paris (Sciences Po) and a B.A. from Columbia University where she studied International Public Management and Political Science, respectively. Nettra’s research focuses on investor decision-making, business model design, opportunity identification, and social entrepreneurship.
Anna Wagenschwanz
Postdoctoral Researcher
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Anna joined ENTC in 2019. She holds a PhD in Entrepreneurship from the Technical University of Munich (TUM), an MSc in Consumer Affairs from TUM, and a BSc in Business Administration from Mannheim University, Germany. Anna’s research focuses on founder identity and its influence on entrepreneurial behavior in social entrepreneurship. She explores how founders imprint their social business, as well as how they manage their dual financial and social venture missions. She also investigates how women entrepreneurs navigate their gender role in the context of Latin America.
Shirah Foy
Doctoral Student
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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.
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.