Professor Dan Cohen
Professor of Practice
After a successful fifteen year career as an entrepreneur that included founding, growing, and eventually selling his company, Dan Cohen transitioned to academia full time in 2005 teaching entrepreneurship and strategy courses at The University of Iowa's Tippie College of Business from 2005-2007 while earning accolades for teaching, advising and mentoring excellence before moving on to Cornell University from 2007 to 2015. While at Cornell, Dr. Cohen taught courses on entrepreneurship and business at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive levels and founded and directed eLab--Cornell's entrepreneurship accelerator program hailed by Forbes Magazine as a major driver of Cornell's ascent to a #4 national ranking in entrepreneurship. Professor Cohen was also awarded the Robert N. Stern Memorial Award for Mentoring Excellence in 2012 before moving on to Wake Forest University in Summer 2015 as a Full Professor of Practice. In terms of research, Professor Cohen studies how nascent entrepreneurs develop passion for entrepreneurship and how, and under what conditions, they form an entrepreneurial identity.
Entrepreneurship: Dr. Cohen successfully founded, built, and sold a company over a fifteen year period and has a research focus on Entrepreneurial Psychology. He also founded eLab--Cornell's startup accelerator program and has been teaching entrepreneurship at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive levels for the past 10.5 years. Strategy: Prior to his academic career, Professor Cohen built a successful company that earned substantial profit margins due to the effective strategic positioning and execution capabilities of our company. As CEO, Cohen led the management team that created the mission, vision, core values and charted the strategy of the company. He also taught strategy at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive levels for the past 10.5 years.
- Doctor of Management, Case Western Reserve University (Management) - 2003
- MBA, Johns Hopkins University (Management ) - 2000
- Master of Accountancy, George Washington University (Accounting ) - 1995
- BS, Towson University (Business Administration) - 1987
- Professor Cohen conducts research on entrepreneurial psychology with a specific focus on entrepreneurial passion and the formation of an entrepreneurial identity. He also is beginning a stream of pedagogical research designed to facilitate improvements in a student's ability to spot and evaluate entrepreneurial opportunities.
- Professor Cohen loves teaching courses on entrepreneurship, strategy, marketing, and business. Business and entrepreneurship are dynamic domains and are constantly changing. Over the past ten years, Professor Cohen has taught extensively at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive levels and enjoys the opportunities and challenges unique to each of these groups. Professor Cohen also created the curriculum for eLab--Cornell's entrepreneurship accelerator program-- and he very much enjoys teaching and mentoring students interested in launching startups.