People

Meet The Team

Management Team

Bernd Wurth
Co-Founder & Managing Director

Bernd is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship within Strathclyde Business School. Prior to taking up his lectureship at HCE, he has worked at Utrecht University School of Economics and was a Fulbright scholar during his graduate studies in the USA. His research aims to understand the economy as a complex system and using entrepreneurial ecosystems as a frame of reference for understanding why some regions prosper and others struggle. Bernd’s doctoral research focuses on developing a hybrid SD/ABM simulation in the context of academic entrepreneurship and university ecosystems. This provides the foundation for further research on ecosystems and methodological developments to model the dynamics of complex systems.

Georg Fürlinger
Co-Founder

Georg Fuerlinger is Technology Officer at Advantage Austria, Austria’s Official Trade Promotion and Innovation Agency, and Co-Director of the Open Austria office in San Francisco/Silicon Valley. He supports Austrian companies with their US market entry strategy as well as with technology, partner and investor scouting. Prior he worked at Stanford University’s Startup Accelerator StartX in Silicon Valley and was researcher at the Austrian Institute of Technology. Georg co-authored the book “Beyond Silicon Valley”, publishes and presents in the field of entrepreneurship and innovation and is currently writing his PhD thesis (Social Capital and Startup Performance: Unveiling the Support Networks in the US and Europe).

Christina Theodoraki
Management Team (Business Development)

Christina Theodoraki is Assistant professor in Entrepreneurship & Strategy at Toulouse Business School. She publicly defended her thesis entitled “Towards an Ecosystem Approach to the Strategy and Performance of Incubators” on November 28, 2017. Her thesis received two Best Dissertations Awards from the AEI academy and the AIREPME research association. She is also Junior Research Fellow at the Institute for Development Strategies at SPEA at the University of Indiana. Her teaching areas are Management, Strategy, Business Plan and Entrepreneurial Support. Her areas of research include entrepreneurial ecosystem, entrepreneurial support, and inter-organizational strategies with a focus on business incubators.

Sarah Herzog
Extended Management Team (Strategy)

Sarah Herzog is a PhD scholar at the Adam Smith Business School (University of Glasgow). Her research focuses on entrepreneurial ecosystems, which she already pursued during her MBA studies and received two awards for the outstanding contribution. The roots of her interest in entrepreneurship and the context it develops in date back to her undergraduate studies in Bangalore (India) where she initiated social entrepreneurship projects. This has guided her work experience in executing an EU-funded research project, aiming to revive the innovative spirit of a rural area in Germany. Prior, she has consulted international corporate clients in innovation and digitization projects.

Advisory Board

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