Tommaso Minola is Associate Professor at the Department of Management, Information and Production Engineering (DIGIP), and co-founder and Director of the Center for Young and Family Enterprise (CYFE) at the University of Bergamo. In his research, he is interested in studying how the different dimensions of the entrepreneur (e.g., motivation, cognition, behavior), as well as the entrepreneurial processes (e.g., opportunity identification and enactment) and outcomes, develop within distinctive contexts of social embeddedness. In particular, he looks at family and university as unique contexts that interact with enterprising individuals, venture creation, and firm performance.
Tommaso has been visiting researcher, amongst others, at University of Cambridge (UK) and University of St. Gallen (Switzerland). He has also been TOFT Visiting Professor at Jonkoping International Business School (Sweden). He has established several research collaborations, mainly across Europe and US. His works have been published in leading academic journals in innovation, entrepreneurship and small business, such as Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Small Business Economics, Journal of Small Business Management, The Journal of Technology Transfer and R&D Management.
Tommaso has also developed an extensive experience in teaching and designing educational activities in entrepreneurship, innovation and technology management, at undergraduate, graduate and executive level. He is scientific director of Start Cup Bergamo and Go.In’, two executive education programs for entrepreneurs. He has also supported several start-ups, SMEs, and family firms – especially in high-tech sectors or resulting from university technology transfer – through advisory and mentoring programs. He has also extensively engaged in and has coordinated different policy-oriented research projects.