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The internationally oriented IfM Research Fellow Network offers its members a platform for regular exchange on current research topics, the opportunity for guest residencies and research collaborations. The institute also provides access to scientific data.

Prof. Candida Brush

Babson College

Research fields

  • Gender and women’s entrepreneurship
  • Resource acquisition of growing firms, in particular angel and venture capital
  • Experiences of women entrepreneurs in incubators and accelerators
  • Entrepreneurship education


Prof. Candida G. Brush holds the Franklin W. Olin Chair in Entrepreneurship and is the Faculty Director for the Diana International Research Institute at Babson College (USA).  
She is one of the early pioneers in entrepreneurship research, and conducted one of the first and largest studies in the US on women entrepreneurs.  She has co-authored reports for OECD, the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor and the Goldman Sachs Foundation, and presented her work at the World Economic Forum in Davos and the US Department of Commerce.  

Prof. Candida G. Brush has authored more than 180 publications in entrepreneurship, including 14 books, and is one of the most highly cited researchers in the field (hi10 index= 160).  She is a co-founder of the Diana International Project, a research collaboration of more than 600 researchers, which investigates growth-oriented women entrepreneurs around the world. She was recognized in 2007 by the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers as a 21st Century Entrepreneurship Scholar, and in 2015 was awarded a lifetime membership for her contributions to the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Consortium.  She also received lifetime achievement awards from the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) and the International Conference on Small Business (ICSB).

Prof. Candida G. Brush is a co-author of a best-selling book for educators on teaching entrepreneurship (Teaching Entrepreneurship, a Practice Based Approach).  She is a Senior Editor for Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and serves on several other editorial review boards.  Her current research investigates angel capital funding of nascent ventures and venture capital funding of women entrepreneurs.   

Prof. Candida G. Brush is on the board of directors for Anchor Capital Advisors, LLC,  Clarke’s Organics (Dominican Republic), is a member of the Boston Harbor Angels investment group, and participates in Portfolia, an investment fund supporting high growth women entrepreneurs. She has coached and advised hundreds start-up ventures. Prof. Candida G. Brush previously served as Vice Provost of Global Entrepreneurial Leadership, and Department Chair at Babson College.  She holds a doctorate from Boston University, and an honorary PhD from Jonkoping University. Prof. Candida G. Brush is a visiting professor at Bodo Graduate School, Nord University in Bodo, Norway and at Dublin City University in Dublin, Ireland.