Evangelos Souitaris

Evangelos Souitaris

Evangelos Souitaris

Prof. PhD
Full Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Büro 2-241
Dufourstrasse 40a
9000 St. Gallen
Main Focuses
  • Entrepreneurial finance
  • Academic and technology entrepreneurship
  • Behavioural Entrepreneurship
Fields of research
  • Entrepreneurial inspiration
  • Polychronicity
  • Analysis versus intuition
  • Escalation of commitment
  • Institutional and network

PhD, University of Bradford (UK, 1998)

MBA, Cardiff Business School (UK, 1995)

BSc in Chemical Engineering, University of Thessaloniki (Greece, 1994)

Professional Career

2018- now  University of St. Gallen, Global Centre of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

2006-now   Cass Business School, City University, Professor of Entrepreneurship   

2009-now   Visiting Professor, International Hellenic University

2015-2016  Visiting Scholar, London Business School

2014-2018  Visiting Professor, LUISS University

2008-2009  Visiting Scholar, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

2008           Visiting professor, University of Bologna

2004-2006  Cass Business School, City University, Senior Lecturer of Entrepreneurship and Innovation  

2005           Visiting Scholar, Vlerick Leuven-Gent Business School 

1998-2004   Imperial College London, Lecturer in Entrepreneurship

Teaching Activities

Prof. Dr. Vangelis Souitaris teaches Innovation and Entrepreneurship to undergraduates MScs and MBAs since 1998. He has established academic leadership in teaching and his courses are consistently highly rated (for example his MBA Innovation and Entrepreneurship elective had 4.5 out of 5, one of the highest feedback scores at Cass). He employs an innovative mix of theory, theory-driven practical frameworks, case studies and simulations, which usually excites student-audiences across the programmes. He has also developed an entrepreneurship case study (Corex) published and used across European programmes.


The tech community “hot topics” - Top 100 entrepreneurship professors globally (2015)

Poets and Quants Top 40 business professors under 40 (2011)

The Cass award of excellence in postgraduate teaching (2010) 

ESRC award: £95000 (2007) 

The City University award of excellence in teaching (2006)

Gate2Growth Research fellowship: EUR 11800 (2005)

The Cass award of excellence in undergraduate teaching (2004)

NATO full-time PhD scholarship: £30000 (1995-1998)

Editorial Board

2020-now Field Editor - Journal of Business Venturing

2017-now  Journal of Management Studies (editorial board)

2015-now  Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (editorial board)

2019-now Academy of Management Perspectives (editorial board)

Research Cooperation Prof. Dr. Vangelis Souitaris is an active PhD supervisor. He has supervised 9 doctoral students in total. 7 of his students have already completed. Four of them joined academia as assistant professors or post-docs (Konstantinos Pitsakis joined Tilburg, Tori Huang joined Nottingham, Bo Peng joined Warwick, Kevin Curran joined Oxford). Three more (Marcello Maestro, Grace Liu & Djordje Djokovic) went to the industry to work for Bravemarket, AC Nielsen and Liquid Capital respectively. PhD supervision is one of his greatest strengths. He has built a team of PhD students working on Entrepreneurship. His aim is to train young scholars, keep them motivated and hard-working and most importantly to help them deliver research results, i.e. complete their PhD and publish their work.  
Additional Information

During Prof. Dr. Vangelis Souitaris' 6 years at Imperial (between 1998-2004), he has taught and published in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and actively participated in the start-up of Imperial’s Entrepreneurship Centre under the direction of Professor Sue Birley. He was the centre’s research co-ordinator, supervised two PhD students and advised venture teams for Imperial’s £55K annual business plan competition. 

After being promoted as the full professor at Cass Business School in 2006, Prof. Dr. Vangelis Souitaris became the founding subject leader for entrepreneurship, by founding a new subject group in 2008. He grew the group to (currently) six full-time faculty members: two professors (Costas Andriopoulos and himself), three senior lecturers Susan Hill, Annelore Huyghe and Stefania Zerbinati) and one lecturer (Ruben van-Werden).

The main activities of the group are as follows.

  • offering entrepreneurship courses across the student body (undergraduate, MSc, MBA and PhD).
  • designing and launching a new specialist MSc in Entrepreneurship, producing excitement and substantial financial contribution for the school.
  • creating an ecosystem of mentors and entrepreneurs to help the students grow their businesses.
  • attracting a £10million donation from a wealthy alumnus to invest in start-ups coming from Cass.
  • engaging industry, such as the ‘Cullum fund’, professionally run like a VC operation and producing a series of investments over the past 5 years. 
During 2011-2015, Prof. Dr. Vangelis Souitaris was the PhD director for Management at Cass. He led the transformation of the PhD programme from a traditional three-year apprentice system to a four-year, training-based, system with a focus on top quality output and placement of students in good academic positions.