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Dr Yannis Pierrakis

MSc, PhD
Senior Lecturer
Strategy, Marketing and Innovation

Kingston Business School, Kingston University
Kingston upon Thames, Kingston Hill KT2 7LB
Room: 429

+44(0) 20 8417 9000 Ext: 65563


Yannis joined Kingston Business School as a Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Innovation in September 2014. He teaches entrepreneurial finance and innovation and his research interests include venture capital, business angels, start up creation and crowdfunding. Yannis also manages on behalf of Kingston University, the INNOGROW project, an ERASMUS+ EU funded project which aims to develop innovative ‘learning path’ methods for innovative entrepreneurs.  Aside from his academic work, Yannis provides consultancy support to the World Bank’s InfoDev program, which helps innovative ventures through a global network of business innovation centers that assists early-stage entrepreneurs—offering mentoring, facilities, and seed funding.

Before joining Kingston, Yannis 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. He was previously Head of Investments Research at NESTA, the UK Innovation Agency (London, UK), and before that he worked in Intrasoft International (Luxembourg) and in Cardiff Business School. He received his PhD from Cardiff University in 2012. His thesis examined the role of different types of venture capital, public and private, in fostering innovation at the regional level. 


Between 2007 -2013, Yannis was Head of Investment Research at NESTA, where he designed, led and disseminated NESTA’s work on investments for innovation and extensively published research and industry reports in the area of innovation finance. He conducted due diligence on potential investment target sectors and assisted senior executives in formulating the VC fund investment strategy. In several occasions he advised the UK Department of Business Innovation and Skills, the UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) department, No 10, and the UK Treasury on issues related to innovation finance. Between 2009-2011 he worked together with Professor Josh Lerner, Harvard University, on an 18 month empirical research project that assessed the performance of VC funds and its drivers.

He has delivered numerous presentations, public speeches and executive workshops in entrepreneurship, innovation finance and economic growth and has participated in expert working groups and seminars organized by the UK Department of Business Innovation and Skills and the European Commission.

Research Interest(s)

Yannis’ research interests includes entrepreneurship, innovation, venture capital, crowdfunding and business angels finance. 

PhD Supervision:

Babangida Kure (Sep 2015 - present)

"A study of the development and impact of cross-border investment activity on the Nigerian Business Angels Market"



Innovation Management (MSc in International Business Management)

Consultancy in Practice (MSc in International Business Management)

Entrepreneurial Finance (MBA)

Entrepreneurial Finance and Innovation Management (MSc in Innovation, Management and Entrepreneurship)



INNOGROW – Erasmus+, Developing innovative ‘learning path’ methods for innovative entrepreneurs, European Commission (2015)

British Council – Executive Education on Innovation Finance (2015)

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)

Venture Capital Market Research, UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) (2013)

Development of the Research and Innovation Infrastructure Roadmap for the Serbian Ministry of Science and Education, Republic of Serbia, The World Bank (2013)

Innovation Support Program in the Republic of Tatarstan, Russian Federation, The World Bank (2012)

Evaluation of Xenos Business Angels Network, Finance Wales (2011)

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)

Recent Publications

Number of items: 18.


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, ISSN (online) 2352-6734 (In Press)

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

Book Section

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. ISBN 9781466695672 (In Press)

Conference or Workshop Item

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: Regional Studies Association (RSA) Winter Conference 2009: Global Recession: Regional Impacts on Housing, Jobs, Health and Wellbeing; 27 Nov 2009, London, U.K.. (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

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)


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 (2010) Venture capital: now and after the dotcom crash. (Project Report) London, U.K. : NESTA. 41 p. ISBN 9781848750968

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.

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