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Khonika Gope

Khonika Gope

2017 Fall Graduate Research Funding Recipient
Stanford King Center on Global Development


Khonika Gope is a PhD student at the Stanford Technology Ventures Program in the Department of Management Science & Engineering. Broadly, her research interests focus on strategy and entrepreneurship. Particularly, she is interested in exploring the impact of institutions on entrepreneurship and innovation. She received numerous grants and awards, such as Fulbright Scholarship, Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (SEED) Ph.D. I-Award, Stanford Center for South Asia (CSA) Fellowship and Heitz Fellowship among others.

Khonika received her BS in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. She received her MBA from Goizueta Business School, Emory University, as a Fulbright Scholar. Prior to joining Stanford, she worked at as a Lecturer and Assistant Professor at University of Dhaka’s Institute of Business Administration, the leading business school in her home country, Bangladesh.

Fellowship research abstract

The Effects of Customized Entrepreneurship Training Programs on Entrepreneurial Ventures in Developing Economies

Research shows that entrepreneurial training programs are unsuccessful in developing countries. The likely suspect is the mismatch between the needs of entrepreneurs in developing countries and training materials usually tailored for entrepreneurs of developed countries. In this two-phase study, first, we undertake a qualitative fieldwork to understand the entrepreneurship landscape of developing countries, identify the strategies successful entrepreneurs deploy and then design a training program that fits the entrepreneurs in those countries. In the second phase, we plan to do an RCT to assess the efficacy of our training program and the optimal method of delivering the program.