Dr Yannis Pierrakis


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)

Academic responsibilities

Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation


  • 2017 - Higher Education Academy Fellow
  • 2012 - PhD in Investments and Innovation, Cardiff University, UK
  • 2002 - MSc in European Regional Development, Cardiff University, UK
  • 2000 - BSc in International and European Studies, Panteion University of Athens, Greece

Teaching and learning

BS7601 - Innovation Management and Entrepreneurial Finance

BS7033 - Innovation Management

BS7567 - Innovation Finance

Undergraduate courses taught

Postgraduate courses taught


PhD supervision

  • Yohanna Babangida,  "Cross-regional Venture Capital Investments", 2015 - present

Research student supervision


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