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Prof. Helle Neergaard

Professor of Entrepreneurship
Aarhus University

Helle Neergaard is Professor of Entrepreneurship and the leader of iCARE (interdisciplinary Community for Advanced Research in Entrepreneurship) at Aarhus University. She is also distinguished visiting professor at Aalto University and docent at Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki, Finland. Her service to the entrepreneurship field also includes a long-term position on the board of the European Council of Small Business where she presently serves as president. She is also a co-preneur in a vineyard start-up in Denmark.

She is presently leading the PACE research project (Promoting a Culture of Entrepreneurship), the largest European research project in entrepreneurship education. She is on a number of editorial boards including: International Small Business Journal, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice and International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship. Her most cited publication is Handbook of Qualitative Research Methods in Entrepreneurship. Dr. Neergaard is particularly interested in the individual’s role in shaping enterprising activities and how socialization and significant past experiences influence how individuals unfold and narrate entrepreneurship. Her other long-term research interests include female entrepreneurs, social capital and business growth.