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I teach Entrepreneurial Finance and Innovation Management and my research interests include Venture Capital, Business Angels, Start up creation, Crowdfunding and Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). Before joining Kingston, I worked as an Innovation Consultant for The World Bank, Finance and Private Sector Development Department in Europe and Central Asia and as a Senior Expert for multimillion EU Pre-Accession Assistance projects. I was previously Head of Investments Research at NESTA, the UK Innovation Agency (London, UK), and before that, I worked in Intrasoft International (Luxembourg) and in Cardiff Business School. I received my PhD from Cardiff University in 2012. My thesis examined the role of different types of venture capital, public and private, in fostering innovation at the regional level.
Supporting Business Innovation Centres and Business Incubators in Morocco, Caribbean, Kenya, Ethiopia, 2015 - 2017, The World Bank
INNOGROW, ERASMUS+ Entrepreneurial Education, (2015), European Commission
British Council (2015), Innovation Finance Executive Training
Development of the Research & Technological Infrastructure of Gaziantep Technopark Project, Europeaid, Turkey, European Commission (2014)
Regional Innovation Observatory (InnObs) Project, Russian Federation, The World Bank (2012-2014)
Integrated Innovation Support Programme, Europeaid, Republic of Serbia, European Commission (2012-2013)
Development of the Research and Innovation Infrastructure Roadmap for the Serbian Ministry of Science and Education, Republic of Serbia, The World Bank (2013)
UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), (2013), Venture Capital Market Research
Innovation Support Program in the Republic of Tatarstan, Russian Federation, The World Bank (2012)
Finance Wales (2011), Evaluation of Xenos Business Angels Network (with Prof Colin Mason, Glasgow University)
Early Stage Investors for High Growth Businesses, Pro Inno Europe, European Commission (2007-2008)
PRO INNO Policy Trendchart, DG Enterprise, European Commission (2006)
Development and implementation of the Innovation Actions Programme for Wales, European Commission (ERDF) (2002-2004)
Invited expert positions
High Level Evaluator of the Pan European Fund of Funds Venture Capital program (£300m), European Commission (DG Research & Innovation) and European Investment Fund, Brussels, 2017
Academic Expert in Evaluation of the Horizon 2020 SME instrument, workshop organised by the in the European Court of Auditors, Brussels 2018
Invited Expert in the study on "Planning the future of Entrepreneurship and business support. A study to inform the Welsh Government's future direction of the support provided to aspiring entrepreneurs and established SME's, Welsh Government, 2018
Invited Expert - Publicly Guaranteed Debt to VC Funds, workshop organised by the European Commission (Economic & Financial Affairs), Brussels - 13 July 2017
Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation
BS7601 - Innovation Management and Entrepreneurial Finance
BS7033 - Innovation Management
BS7567 - Innovation Finance
Harrison, Richard T, Yohanna, Babangida and Pierrakis, Yannis (2020) Internationalisation and localisation : foreign venture capital investments in the United Kingdom. Local Economy, 35(3), pp. 230-256. ISSN (print) 0269-0942
Pierrakis, Yannis (2019) Peer to peer lending to businesses : investors' characteristics, investment criteria and motivation. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 20(4), pp. 239-251. ISSN (print) 1465-7503
Pierrakis, Yannis and Saridakis, George (2019) The role of venture capitalists in the regional innovation ecosystem : a comparison of networking patterns between private and publicly backed venture capital funds. The Journal of Technology Transfer, 44(3), pp. 850-873. ISSN (print) 0892-9912
Pierrakis, Yannis and Saridakis, George (2017) Do publicly backed venture capital investments promote innovation? Differences between privately and publicly backed funds in the UK Venture Capital Market. Journal of Business Venturing Insights, 7, pp. 55-64. ISSN (online) 2352-6734
Pierrakis, Yannis (2013) Venture capital in crisis: the impact of the economic downturn in company’s time to exit. Journal of Alternative Investments, 15(3), pp. 62-71. ISSN (print) 1520-3255
Mason, Colin and Pierrakis, Yannis (2013) Venture capital, the regions and public policy: the United Kingdom since the post-2000 technology crash. Regional Studies, 47(7), pp. 1156-1171. ISSN (print) 0034-3404
Pierrakis, Y. and Price, S. (2003) Towards a sustainable knowledge-based region (TASK). WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment, 67, pp. 505-512. ISSN (print) 1746-448X
Pierrakis, Yannis (2015) Public policies and public programs with a regional impact in promoting entrepreneurship: the case study of government backed venture capital schemes in the UK. In: Carvalho, Luisa, (ed.) Handbook of research on entrepreneurial success and its impact on regional development. Hershey, U.S. : IGI Global. pp. 122-150. ISBN 9781466695672
Babangida, Yohanna and Pierrakis, Ioannis (2019) The cross-regional flow of venture capital investments in the United Kingdom. In: 10th Annual Faculty Research Conference: Contemporary Issues in Business and Social Sciences in a period of uncertainty; 03 - 04 Jun 2019, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)
Yohanna, Babangida and Pierrakis, Ioannis (2018) The geography of foreign venture capital investments (FVCI) in UK regions. In: 9th Annual Faculty of Business Research Conference: Contemporary Issues in Business; 04 Jun 2018, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)
Pierrakis, Ioannis (2017) Do Business Accelerators invest in ‘lemons’? A comparison of the founders’ characteristics of Business Accelerator and Business Angels backed companies. In: 40th Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) Annual Conference: 'Borders', prosperity and entrepreneurial responses; 8-9 Nov 2017, Belfast, U.K..
Pierrakis, Yannis and Saridakis, George (2016) Do publicly backed venture capital investments promote innovation? Differences between privately and publicly backed funds in the UK Venture Capital Market. In: 39th Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) Annual Conference: Institutional Voids, Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development; 27-28 Oct 2016, Paris, France.
Pierrakis, Yannis (2015) Publicly backed venture capital funds and business innovation: empirical analysis of venture capital backed firms in the UK regions. In: European Academy of Management (EURAM) Annual Conference 2015: Uncertainty is a Great Opportunity; 17-20 Jun 2015, Warsaw, Poland. (Unpublished)
Pierrakis, Yannis (2013) The academic/research view on financing. In: European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) Roundtable of Entrepreneurs 2013: Matching Entrepreneurship with Venture Capital; 11-13 Jul 2013, Grundlsee, Austria. (Unpublished)
Mason, Colin and Pierrakis, Yannis (2009) Venture capital, the regions and public policy: the United Kingdom since the post-2000 technology crash. In: 32nd Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) Conference: Celebrating 3 decades of excellence in education, research and practice: at the cutting edge of international entrepreneurship; 3-6 Nov 2009, Liverpool, U.K.. ISBN 9781900862165
Mason, Colin and Pierrakis, Yannis (2009) Venture capital, the regions and public policy: the United Kingdom since the post-2000 technology crash. In: Regional Studies Association (RSA) Winter Conference 2009: Global Recession: Regional Impacts on Housing, Jobs, Health and Wellbeing; 27 Nov 2009, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)
Pierrakis, Yannis (2006) Regional growth poles: regional ingredients and innovative recipes for growth in European regions. In: 46th Congress of the European Regional Science Association: Enlargement, Southern Europe and the Mediterranean; 30 Aug - 3 Sep 2006, Volos, Greece. (Unpublished)
Rhisiart, Martin and Pierrakis, Yannis (2003) Knowledge based approaches to sustainability: the TASK programme. In: 11th International Conference of the Greening of Industry Network (GIN): Innovating for Sustainability; 12-15 Oct 2003, San Francisco, U.S.. (Unpublished)
Vecchiato, Riccardo, Do, Hang, Blackburn, Robert and Pierrakis, Yannis (2019) Technology foresight for growth and productivity: the design and implementation of a new foresight approach for UK SMEs. (Project Report) Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Innovate UK. (In Press)
Pierrakis, Yannis and Collins, Liam (2013) Banking on each other: peer-to-peer lending to business: evidence from funding circle. (Project Report) London, U.K. : NESTA. 43 p.
Collins, Liam and Pierrakis, Yannis (2012) The venture crowd: crowdfunding equity investments into business. (Project Report) London, U.K. : NESTA. 36 p.
Lerner, Josh, Pierrakis, Yannis, Collins, Liam and Bravo Biosca, Albert (2011) Atlantic drift: venture capital performance in the UK and the US. (Project Report) London, U.K. : NESTA. 52 p. ISBN 9781848751262
Pierrakis, Yannis and Westlake, Stian (2009) Reshaping the UK economy: the role of public investment in financing growth. (Project Report) London, U.K. : NESTA. 32 p. ISBN 9781848750463
Pierrakis, Yannis and Mason, Colin (2008) Shifting sands: the changing nature of the early stage venture capital market in the UK. (Project Report) London, U.K. : NESTA. 28 p. ISBN 9781848750289
Iurcovich, Luis, Komninos, Nicos, Reid, Alasdair and Pierrakis, Yannis (2006) Mutual learning platform: blueprint for regional innovation benchmarking. (Project Report) Luxembourg : Innovation Regions in Europe Secretariat. 21 p.
Pierrakis, Ioannis (2012) Investments and innovation: regional venture capital activity, business innovation and an ecology of interactions. (PhD thesis), Cardiff University, .