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The Centre for Entrepreneurship presents: Catalyzing Local Innovation Ecosystems by Prof. Rangapriya (Priya) Kannan

Science, Innovation, Technology, Entrepreneurship (SITE) Public Speaker Series

An University of Exeter Business School business event
Date14 January 2020
Time18:15 to 20:00
PlaceXFI Henderson Lecture Theatre


The Centre for Entrepreneurship presents: Catalyzing Local Innovation Ecosystems by Prof. Rangapriya (Priya) Kannan as part of the Science, Innovation, Technology, Entrepreneurship (SITE) Public Speaker Series.

Talk title: Catalyzing Local Innovation Ecosystems
Date and Time: Tuesday 14 January 2020, 18:15 - 20:00
Venue: XFI Henderson Lecture Theatre, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4ST

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18:15 -18:45 - Networking with drinks

18:50 - talk starts followed by Q&A

20:00 - event ends

About the talk

San Diego is considered as one of America’s best cities (#4) for Startup Entrepreneurship per 2017 Kauffman’s Index of Startup Activity. From what was considered to be one of the best places to retire in the US, the transformation of San Diego from a retirement town to one of the hottest startup spots has been remarkable. The purpose of this talk is to identify the specific role of universities and the local communities in engaging with each other to create such vibrant ecosystems for entrepreneurship & innovation. Specific questions that will be considered are what are the specific practices that ecosystem players employ to catalyze successful entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems?


Rangapriya (Priya) Kannan is the Founding Director of the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Catalyzer (The CatalyZer) at University of San Diego’s School of Business and an Associate Professor of Management. She is a  Professor of Entrepreneurship at University of Exeter Business School. At USD, Priya is also an Affiliate Faculty at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies. She is a Board Member of CONNECT, San Diego’s premier start up accelerator. Priya received her Ph.D. from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. She was also a visiting Research Fellow at Cambridge Judge Business School over her sabbatical.

Priya’s primary research stream focuses on how entrepreneurs negotiate constraints in their environmental contexts by engaging in creative resourcing to accomplish their innovations. She has papers published in several premier innovation and business journals such as the Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Organization Studies, and Journal of Business Ethics. Priya has earned several awards recognizing her excellence in research, teaching and for her contributions to institution building, including the prestigious Clarence L. Steber Professorship; a distinguished university award. Priya has won a previous Kauffman grant for research on entrepreneurship and several CIBER grants for international research relating to innovation and entrepreneurship.

At USD Priya teaches strategy and innovation management, entrepreneurship, and sustainable business models to executives, graduates, and undergraduate students. She has developed several new classes some of which have been featured and accepted in media outlets for their innovative pedagogical approaches to entrepreneurship and innovation. To continue to bring real world perspectives into her research and teaching, Priya continues to be affiliated as a Senior Associate Consultant with Management Systems Consulting Corporation, a niche strategy consulting firm with Fortune 100 clients, as well as high potential entrepreneurial firms.

ProviderUniversity of Exeter Business School
OrganizerBusiness School Events

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