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Deepak Hegde

Deepak  Hegde

Joined Stern 2010

Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Tisch Hall
40 West Fourth Street, 722
New York, NY 10012

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Deepak Hegde, Ph.D., is Professor of Management and NEC Faculty Fellow at New York University’s Stern School of Business. He is founder and director of the Endless Frontier Labs, a program designed to transform scientific breakthroughs into high-growth businesses. He also leads the Berkley Center for Entrepreneurship, a center that supports entrepreneurs transition their early stage ideas into prototypes and beyond.

Professor Hegde’s research studies how entrepreneurs and innovators commercialize their ideas. His work focuses on science and technology intensive industries and has been accepted for publication in journals such as Science, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Finance, Management Science, Review of Financial Studies, Organization Science, Journal of Law & Economics, Nature Biotechnology, Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, Yale Journal of Law & Technology and Research Policy. His work has also been featured in outlets such as Nature, Harvard Business Review, and The Wall Street Journal. Professor Hegde’s research has won numerous awards, including the Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship, which recognizes young faculty making significant contributions to the field of entrepreneurship, and the Thomas Alva Edison Fellowship, awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He was named one of the world’s best 40 under 40 business school professors by Poets & Quants.

Professor Hegde teaches MBA courses on Entrepreneurship, Competitive Strategy and Corporate Strategy, and coordinates a PhD seminar on innovation.

Prior to joining Stern in 2010, he worked at Bosch, a large technology-based German company, and Abt Associates, a research and consulting firm for the U.S. government and business sectors. Originally trained as an engineer, Professor Hegde earned his Ph.D. in Business Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Research Interests

  • Technological innovation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Political economy and public policy

Courses Taught

  • Advanced Strategy PhD Seminar
  • Competitive Strategy
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Endless Frontier Labs

Academic Background

B.E., Industrial Engineering
Mysore University

M.S., Public Policy
Georgia Institute of Technology

Ph.D., Business Administration
University of California, Berkeley

Awards & Appointments

Distinguished Teaching Award NYU Stern 2022
Faculty Leadership Award NYU Stern 2018
Thomas Alva Edison Fellow U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 2017

Selected Publications

Hegde, D. (2013)
Tacit knowledge and the structure of license contracts: evidence from the biomedical industry.
Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, Forthcoming

Hegde, D. (2012)
Funding and performance at the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Nature Biotechnology, 30(2) Feb 2012.

Related News & Research

Endless Frontier Labs Announces 2021-2022 Application Launch, New Digital Tech Track & Graduating Cohort

Information Frictions and Entrepreneurship

Why Are Workers at Some Companies More Innovative Than Others?

Professor Deepak Hegde, Director of Stern’s Endless Frontier Labs, discusses how weakening links between employers and employees could put the American economy in a weak position when the global economy restarts following the COVID-19 pandemic

The PPP Isn’t Working. Here’s an Idea — Get Paychecks to People, Directly

Professor and EFL Director Deepak Hegde explains why cultivating a positive culture is one of the most important priorities startups need to consider when scaling up; Endless Frontier Labs is mentioned

America’s Economic Future Hinges on this Overlooked Educational Skill

Professor Deepak Hegde is interviewed for a story on the prevalence of female-founded unicorn startups in 2019

Professor Deepak Hegde offers advice to entrepreneurs who are looking to scale startup companies

Professor Deepak Hegde's joint research on the impact of social proximity between venture capitalists and startups is referenced

What Makes an Entrepreneur?

Professor Deepak Hegde's joint research on entrepreneurship is featured

Professor Deepak Hegde's joint research on entrepreneurship is featured

Professor Deepak Hegde and Vice Dean of MBA Programs Raghu Sundaram are quoted about the launch of Stern's new Creative Destruction Lab (CDL)

Professor Deepak Hegde comments on high-tech entrepreneurship in New York City; Stern's Creative Destruction Lab-New York City is highlighted

NYU Stern Announces the Establishment of the First Creative Destruction Lab in the U.S.

Professor Deepak Hegde and Alexander Ljungqvist's joint research on patent applications is featured

Professor Deepak Hegde discusses his research on patents, co-authored with Professor Alexander Ljungqvist

Patents Prove their Worth

Professor Deepak Hegde and Alexander Ljungqvist's research on patents and the growth of start-up businesses is cited

Areas of Expertise


  • Business Strategy
  • Industrial Organization
  • Political Economy


  • Entrepreneurship
  • Venture Capital/Financing


  • Competitive Analysis
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Technology & Innovation