Jeffrey Sohl

Director, Center for Venture Research, Center for Venture Research

Decision Sciences
Phone: (603) 862-3373
Office: Decision Sciences, Paul College Rm 360N, Durham, NH 03824
Jeffrey Sohl

Jeffrey E. Sohl is Director of the Center for Venture Research and Professor of Entrepreneurship and Decision Sciences at the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire. He currently serves on the Board of Borealis Ventures and the Editorial Board for Venture Capital, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and Journal of Business Venturing. He previously served on the National Academy of Science Committee on Capitalizing Science, Technology and Innovation (2012-2016), and the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund’s VFG (2002-2016). In 2006 he was awarded the national Hans Severiens Award by the Kauffman Foundation in recognition of his research on angel investing in the US. He has written over 50 articles which have been published in academic journals. He has presented his research in academic and practitioner forums in North America, Europe and Asia, and in briefings for several government agencies and scholars from North America, Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, Asia and Africa. He has appeared on CNBC, MSNBC, National Public Radio, NHPTV’s NH Outlook, and has been quoted in Inc., Forbes, Fortune, the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Red Herring, Newsweek, Business Week, Newsweek-Japan, Financial Times, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and the Financial Times-France. Jeffrey is also the coordinator of all the Entrepreneurship programs, and the managing director of the Mel Rines Student Angel Investment Fund, at Paul College.


  • Ph.D., Management Science, Statistics and Economics, University of Maryland
  • M.A., Management Science, Finance, University of Maryland
  • B.A., Electrical&Electronic Eng. Tec, Villanova University

Courses Taught

  • ADMN 695: Independent Study
  • ADMN 834: Private Equity/Venture Capital
  • DS 444: Hon/Meaning of Entrepreneurshp
  • DS 650: Rines Angel Fund
  • DS 698: Top/Rines Stdnt Angel Invstmt
  • DS 741: Private Equity/Venture Capital
  • PAUL 695: Independent Study
  • PAUL 695W: Independent Study
  • PAUL 725: Independent Study

Selected Publications

Gwebu, K. L., Sohl, J., & Wang, J. (2019). Differential performance of science park firms: an integrative model. Small Business Economics, 52(1), 193-211. doi:10.1007/s11187-018-0025-5

Aktekin, T., Dutta, D. K., & Sohl, J. E. (2018). Entrepreneurial firms and financial attractiveness for securing debt capital: a Bayesian analysis. Venture Capital, 20(1), 27-50. doi:10.1080/13691066.2017.1336894

Becker-Blease, J. R., & Sohl, J. E. (2015). New venture legitimacy: the conditions for angel investors. Small Business Economics, 45(4), 735-749. doi:10.1007/s11187-015-9668-7

Sohl, J. E., & Gittell. (2014). Do Entrepreneurship and High Tech Concentration Create Jobs? Exploring the growth in employment in U.S. metropolitan areas from 1991 to 2007. Economic Development Quarterly, 28(3), 244-253.

Sohl, J. E., & Freear, J. (2012). Angles on Angels and Venture Capital: Financing Entrepreneurial Ventures. In S. White, & Z. Kotval (Eds.), Financing Economic Development in the 21st Century (2nd ed., pp. 224-244). Routledge.

Becker-Blease, J. R., & Sohl, J. E. (2007). Do women-owned businesses have equal access to angel capital?. Journal of Business Venturing, 22(4), 503-521. doi:10.1016/j.jbusvent.2006.06.003

Freear, J., Sohl, J. E., & Wetzel, W. (2002). Angles on angels: Financing technology-based ventures - a historical perspective. Venture Capital, 4(4), 275-287. doi:10.1080/1369106022000024923

Sohl, J. E. (1999). The early-stage equity market in the USA. Venture Capital, 1(2), 101-120. doi:10.1080/136910699295929

Freear, J., Sohl, J. E., & Wetzel, W. E. (1995). Angels: personal investors in the venture capital market. Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, 7(1), 85-94. doi:10.1080/08985629500000005

Freear, J., Sohl, J. E., & Wetzel, W. E. (1994). Angels and non-angels: Are there differences?. Journal of Business Venturing, 9(2), 109-123. doi:10.1016/0883-9026(94)90004-3

Most Cited Publications