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Finnish entrepreneurship expert honoured by the British Academy

Professor Erkko Autio has been made a Fellow of the British Academy, a leading institution for humanities and social sciences.
Professor Erkko Autio. Photo: © Imperial College Business School.
Professor Erkko Autio. Photo: © Imperial College Business School.
Finnish entrepreneurship expert honoured by the British Academy

Professor Erkko Autio, Chair in Technology Venturing and Entrepreneurship at Imperial College Business School, has been awarded Fellowship by the British Academy, joining a community of over 1400 of the leading minds that make up the UK’s national academy for the humanities and social sciences.

According to an article published by London´s Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, Professor Autio was distinguished together with 76 scholars.

Erkko Autio joined Imperial College Business School in 2006. His achievements include being the co-investigator of Imperial’s Digital City Exchange project, and co-founder of the Global Entrepreneurship and Development Institute, the Global Entrepreneurship Index and the EU Regional Entrepreneurship Index.

Professor Autio is also a founding team member of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor GEM initiative, the world's largest ongoing research consortium in social sciences that has been running since 1997.

I hope this Fellowship will highlight the important research we’re doing around the challenges and opportunities facing entrepreneurs in this digital era

"I’m delighted to receive this recognition by the British Academy for my work. I hope this Fellowship will highlight the important research we’re doing around the challenges and opportunities facing entrepreneurs in this digital era, particularly given the current uncertain political and economic climate", Erkko Autio said responding to the news about his fellowship.

Expert in entrepreneurial ecosystems

Professor Autio is the fourth current academic from the Business School to have been made a Fellow of the British Academy.

Regarding this honour, Professor Francisco Veloso, Dean of Imperial College Business School said: “I’m pleased to congratulate Erkko on his new Fellowship. Entrepreneurship is a key research theme at the Business School and Erkko has made a significant contribution to our research output in this area, most notably his work on national and international entrepreneurial ecosystems. This Fellowship is an acknowledgement of Erkko’s dedication to academia and teaching and is a proud moment for the Business School.”

Professor Autio joins current Fellows in the British Academy that include the classicist Dame Mary Beard, the historian Sir Simon Schama and philosopher Baroness Onora O’Neill. Past Fellows have included Dame Frances Yates, Sir Winston Churchill, Baroness Mary Warnock, C.S Lewis, Seamus Heaney and Beatrice Webb.

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