Cho Named Kauffman Dissertation Fellow

October 26, 2015

In early October, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation named Jae Beum Cho (Ph.D. CRP '19) a recipient of a 2016 Kauffman Dissertation Fellow (KDF). He will receive $20,000 towards completion of his dissertation.

Titled "Social Capital, the Missing Link: Three Essays on the Importance of Social Processes in Entrepreneurial Ecosystems," Cho's work will explore what comprises an entrepreneurial ecosystem with a focus on social dimensions, something that has largely been overlooked in previous work. According to Cho, "By integrating new developments in complexity science and network analysis with empirical analysis using data from secondary and firsthand sources, this dissertation aims to shed light on how the social capital of entrepreneurs and their ecosystems play a role in bringing together different dimensions of the entrepreneurial ecosystem while also improving the overall economic development prospects of cities and regions." 

Cho's proposal was selected by a panel of reviewers as one of the 15 best submissions from among a pool of the 127 proposals submitted.

KDF is an annual competitive program that awards up to 20 grants to Ph.D., D.B.A., or other doctoral students at accredited U.S. universities to support dissertations in the area of entrepreneurship. 

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