Cohen is one of only six faculty members across the nation to receive the fellowship, which includes a three-year, $35,000 grant to support her scholarship.
Cohen was chosen for the fellowship based on her record of innovative and important research in the field of entrepreneurship. She plans to use the grant money to further her scholarship into the role of startup accelerator programs.
“Accelerators are limited-duration programs for cohorts of startup businesses. They help startups in earliest stages of development through intensive mentoring and education over short periods,” she said. “These cohorts tend to be very important because the startups in each cohort learn from each other and batching startups makes it efficient for investors and experts to come in and talk to the group. My research explores how these programs operate and why some of them are more effective than others.”
The Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research program was established in 2008 to recognize and support entrepreneurship scholars who exhibit the potential to make significant contributions to research. It is considered among the highest honors in entrepreneurship scholarship.
Cohen is the first faculty member from the University of Georgia to be named a fellow.