Michaela Hruskova

Email: m.hruskova.1@research.gla.ac.uk



Research title: (Meta)Governance of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: The Case of Edinburgh

Research Summary

My research focuses on the governance of entrepreneurial ecosystems, which are areas supportive of entrepreneurial activity. In essence, I am studying the various individual and organisational actors and how they nurture their local ecosystem through interactions such as collaboration, coordination, and leadership.


• Recipient of an inaugural complimentary place for Early Career Researchers at the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference 2019 (£300);
• Recipient of Adam Smith Business School Seed Corn Funding for Primary Research (£1,350);
• Recipient of a highly competitive stipend by Babson College & Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to attend the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference & Doctoral Consortium 2018 (approx. $1,500);
• Recipient of the Economic and Social Research Council 1+3 scholarship


• Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange Conference in Adelaide, Australia in February 2020 – three full paper presentations;
• Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference in Newcastle, UK in November 2019 – two full paper presentations;
• International Symposium on Temporal Dynamics in Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in Hannover, Germany in July 2019 – research pitch (invitation-only);
• UK-Japan Symposia as part of the ESRC-AHRC funded project on “Entrepreneurial and Innovation Ecosystems in the UK and Japan” in Glasgow, UK in May 2019 and in Tokyo, Japan in June 2019 – research presentation (invitation-only);
• Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference in Waterford, Ireland in June 2018 – poster presentation and doctoral consortium.


Researcher Development Programme Facilitator in the College of Social Sciences, University of Glasgow (September 2019 – present)
• Professional identity for researchers (RSDB6098)
• Developing self-confidence and assertiveness (RSDD 6090)
• Navigating academic conferences, presentations and networking (RSDD 6088)
• Engaging presentations: how to do it and why it matters (RSDB 6100)
• Working collaboratively in academia (RSDB 6099)
• Establishing your online presence as a researcher (RSDD 6089)
• First Year Workshop Series: Time & Project Management (RSDB/6086)

Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow (September 2018 – present)
• Business Models for Innovation in Finance (MGT 5396)
• Digital Entrepreneurship (MGT 5397)
• Entrepreneurship (MGT2014)
• International Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MGT5180)

Graduate Skills Programme Lead Tutor in the College of Social Sciences, University of Glasgow (September 2013 – present)

Additional Information

Michaela is a PhD researcher funded by the ESRC to undertake world-class research on entrepreneurial ecosystems. Prior to her PhD, Michaela undertook a Master's degree in research in management (MRes in Management) through which she received training in both qualitative and quantitative research methods as well as the underlying research philosophies. Michaela’s MRes dissertation investigated and mapped entrepreneurship support organisations in Glasgow. Michaela also holds an MA with First Class Honours in Business & Management. In her undergraduate dissertation, she studied the role of gender in how business angels evaluate investment opportunities.

Alongside her studies, Michaela has worked for several entrepreneurship support organisations. In summary, she completed a placement at Scottish Development International, interned for and then consequently assisted with the coordination of the intern programme at the Scottish Institute for Enterprise, was selected as a 2015 Saltire Scholar by the Saltire Foundation, and helped deliver the prestigious Saltire Fellowship Programme at Entrepreneurial Scotland. Through her role at Entrepreneurial Scotland, she also had the opportunity to undertake a two-week entrepreneurship & leadership executive education programme at Babson College and participated in a learning journey to Silicon Valley.

Michaela also has several years of teaching experience which she obtained by delivering employability workshops to students in the College of Social Science through the Graduate Skills Programme and through her Graduate Teaching Assistant role for several entrepreneurship courses in the Adam Smith Business School.

Currently, Michaela is the Director of Startup Grind University of Glasgow, which aims to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurially-minded students, staff, and alumni, as well as the broader business community in Glasgow. She hosts monthly networking events where she interviews local entrepreneurs.