Research network

The IGL Research Network includes researchers from around the world working on randomised trials related to innovation, high-growth entrepreneurship and growth.

Christina Ungerer

Constance University of Applied Sciences IST Institute for Strategic Innovation & Technology Management
Other affiliations: 
NITIM graduate school
Research interests: 
Technology Management
Market Research
Strategic Management

Christina Ungerer joined the IST institute at Constance University of Applied Sciences in July 2015. She is a PhD candidate at the NITIM doctoral program ( under the supervision of Guido Baltes. Within the research fields of entrepreneurship and innovation, she is exploring indicators for survival and growth of technology-based ventures. Current projects in particular focus on the effectiveness of business coaching on ventures’ survival capabilities and the analysis of business plans. 

Before starting her PhD, Christina worked as a consultant in the automotive industry where she engaged in strategy development as well as project and process management. Being involved in a technology-based startup between 2010 and 2015, she simultaneously gathered experience in the high-tech venture ecosystem. She graduated with a BSc in International Business from Pforzheim University in 2011 and with a MSc in International Management from Northeastern University (Boston) and Reutlingen University in 2014.

Xavier Cirera

The World Bank
Research interests: 
Trade Policy
Development Economics

Xavier Cirera is an economist in the Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (ITE) unit in the Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice of the World Bank. He has more than 10 years’ experience working in different areas of trade and competitiveness in developing countries; mainly entrepreneurship, innovation, firm level dynamics, trade policy and competitiveness and firm level dynamics. Prior to joining the Bank he was a Research Fellow at the institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex.

He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Sussex. His current work at ITE spans over different areas of entrepreneurship and innovation. These include supporting innovation policy programmes in Kenya, Colombia or Kazakhstan, and impact evaluations of women entrepreneurship programmes in Pakistan and Nigeria, or innovation programmes in the Western Balkans.   

Yael Hochberg

Rice University
Other affiliations: 
MIT Sloan
Research interests: 
Venture Capital

Professor Hochberg is the Ralph S. O’Connor Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at Rice University. In 2015, she was named one of the world’s 40 under 40 best business school professors by Poets and Quants. In 2016, she was awarded the Ewing Marion Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship. 

Her research and teaching interests are focused on entrepreneurship, innovation, and the financing of entrepreneurial activity. Prof. Hochberg serves as the Head of the Entrepreneurship Initiative at Rice University and as Academic Director of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship. She holds a Research Affiliate position with MIT’s Sloan School of Management and is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Prof. Hochberg is also Managing Director of the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project, which publishes the annual ranking of accelerator programs in the U.S. Prior to her appointment at Rice, Prof. Hochberg was previously on the (tenure track) faculty at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University and most recently was a visiting faculty member at the MIT Sloan School of Management.