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Consistent with the mission of NC State to promote an integrated approach to problem solving that transforms lives and provides leadership for social, economic, and technological development across North Carolina and around the world, research by scholars affiliated with Innovation and Entrepreneurship aims to address practical, as well as theory-driven, questions with real-world impact.


  •  We capture data from students, and student interactions, with local ventures and make these data accessible to NC State researchers.
  • We bring together researchers who have overlapping interests who can envision and start research projects. 
  • We advocate for, and enhance, accessibility, diversity, equity, and inclusion in both research and practice for stakeholders in the area of entrepreneurship. 

Research and Grants

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Krukowski, K., Rutherford, M. W., & Pollack, J. M. (Forthcoming). Winning the opportunity to pitch: Piquing startup investors’ interest by sending the right signals in executive summaries. Business Horizons.

Ooms, F., Annen, J., Panda, R., Meunier, P., Tshibanda, J. F., Laureys, S., Pollack, J. M., Surlemont, B. (Forthcoming) Advancing (neuro) entrepreneurship cognition research through resting-state fMRI: A methodological brief. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice.

Carr, J. C., Marshall, D., Michaelis, T. L., Pollack, J. M., & Sheats, L. (2023). The role of work-to-venture conflict on hybrid entrepreneurs’ transition into entrepreneurship. Journal of Small Business Management, 61 (5), 2302-2325.

Billingsley, J., Pollack, J. M., Michaelis, T. L., Tracy, E. M., Barber, D. III., Beorchia, A., Carr, J. C., Gonzalez, G., Harris, M. L., Morrow, G., Phillips, D., Rutherford, M.W., & Sheats, L. (Forthcoming). Exploring objective  versus subjective social ties using entrepreneurs’ Gmail data. Journal of Business Venturing Insights.  

Pollack, J. M., Garcia, R., Michaelis, T. L., Hanson, S., Carr, J. C., & Sheats, L. (2021). Pursuing B Corp certification: Exploring firms’ entrepreneurial orientation and prosocial motivation. Academy of Management Discoveries, 7(2), 284-316.

Ring, J. K., Carr, J. C., Michaelis, T. L., & Pollack, J. M. (2020). Knowledge acquisition frequency and business model adaptation in nascent firms. Journal of Management Inquiry, 33(2), 120-139. 

Giones, F., Brem, A., Pollack, J. M., Michaelis, T. L., Klyver, K., & Brinckmann, J. (2020). Revising entrepreneurial action in response to exogenous shocks: Considering the COVID-19 global pandemic. Journal of Business Venturing Insights, 14, e00186.   

Burnette, J. L., Pollack, J. M., Forsyth, R. B., Hoyt, C. L.,Babij, A. D.,Thomas, F. N., & Coy, A. (2020). A growth mindset intervention: Enhancing students’ entrepreneurial self-efficacy and career development. Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 44(5), 878-908.  

Michaelis, T. L., Pollack, J. M., Mulvey, P., Ritter, B., & Carr, J. C. (2020). Gender bias and venture funding: Discussing bias in the entrepreneurship classroom. Entrepreneurship Education and Pedagogy, 3(2), 154-181.  

Pollack, J. M., Carr, J. C., Michaelis, T. L., & Marshall, D. R. (2019). Entrepreneurs’ self-efficacy and persistence change: A longitudinal exploration. Journal of Business Venturing Insights, 12, e00143


Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs and Canada`s International Development Research Centre Grant (Liz Tracy, Garima Sharma, Carla Bustamante, & Jeff Pollack). Exploring Gendered Language on Entrepreneurial Accelerator Application Announcements (28,500)

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Grant. Social network embeddedness and engagement (Jeff Pollack, Tim Michaelis, & Jon Carr), $440,594

Ford Foundation Grant. Exploring the systemic impact of investing in women- and people of color-owned businesses (Jessica Thomas, Jeff Pollack, Liz Tracy, & Ryan Honeyman), ($75,000) 

Innovation Growth Lab Grant with Kauffman Foundation & Nesta. Mindsets matter: A RCT approach to test if a growth mindset intervention can be leveraged to foster interest and diversity in entrepreneurship (Jeff Pollack & Jeni Burnette), $51,000

Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and Seed Grants

Each year, NC State Innovation and Entrepreneurship awards multiple small (~$2,500) seed grants to encourage and facilitate entrepreneurship-focused research. For more information, contact Jeff Pollack (

Research Faculty in Entrepreneurship

We recognize that many of society’s toughest problems can only be solved through powerful multi-disciplinary partnerships and an entrepreneurial approach.

Reach out to our active researchers and start collaborating.

Jon Carr

Jenkins Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship, Department of Management Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Elena Kulchina

Associate Professor of Strategic Management, Department of Management Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Stephen Markham

Goodnight Distinguished University Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Executive Director NC State Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Jeffrey Pollack

Lynn T. Clark II Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship, Department of Management Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Erin Powell

Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, Department of Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Jon Carr and Jeff Pollack Explore How Entrepreneurs Benefit From a Growth Mindset

“One way schools can achieve this goal is by helping students develop growth mindsets toward entrepreneurship. Such mindsets encourage them to believe that — with time, effort, and the right strategies — they will be able to improve their entrepreneurial ability throughout their lives and use it to create positive societal impact.”

A student works in the Jet Laser Lab. Photo by Marc Hall