Yong Li

Yong Li, Ph.D.

Professor, Lee Professor of Entrepreneurship, Research Director for Troesh Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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Dr. Li is Professor and Lee Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Lee Business School, and Research Director of Troesh Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He serves as an associate editor for Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, and on the editorial boards of AMR, JBV, and JIBS. 

Dr. Li conducts research at the confluence of strategic entrepreneurship, innovation and internationalization, studying venture capital, crowdfunding, new venture innovation and international expansion. He has published extensively in major management journals such as AMJ, JIBS, OS, and SMJ, and in major entrepreneurship journals including JBV, SEJ and ETP. His research has been supported by the Kauffman Foundation and SSHRC Canada, recognized by AOM, SMS and IACMR, and featured on Forbes, Entrepreneur, Crowdfund Insider, and Knowledge@Wharton. He has led the SMS Doctoral Workshop and organized several PDWs at AOM on advancing theory development in entrepreneurship.

Dr. Li has taught strategy and entrepreneurship courses at the undergraduate, MBA and Ph.D. levels, developed well-received courses such as “Technology Entrepreneurship” and “Entrepreneurship Lab”, and authored best-selling cases. His teaching was recognized by the University of Illinois. Student teams from his classes have secured significant funding from angels, venture capital firms and crowdfunding platforms, and won numerous business plan competitions, including first place at the New York State Business Plan Competition. 

Dr. Li has given keynote speeches on various aspects of starting a business. He has consulted for companies and startups, and currently serves on the advisory boards of several startups. He was previously a professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at the State University of New York at Buffalo and served as the inaugural academic director of the university’s Entrepreneurship Academy. He received Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and MBA from the University of Queensland, Australia.