Heli Helanummi Cole

Heli Helanummi-Cole

Policy Fellow in Entrepreneurship

  • heli.helanummi-cole@sbs.ox.ac.uk

Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street


Heli is a Policy Fellow in Entrepreneurship.

Heli Helanummi-Cole is a Policy Fellow in Entrepreneurship working with Professor Thomas Hellmann in convening the Oxford Entrepreneurship Policy Roundtable. 

Heli completed her DPhil thesis that explored post-redundancy entrepreneurship at Oxford in 2018. Prior to commencing her doctorate studies, Heli held various management positions in high technology and acted as a board advisor for a London-based 3D printing company.

Heli's research interests include entrepreneurial systems, innovation, technology strategy and venture failure. Her research is motivated by the desire to understand the new ways in which works get organised. As such, she is interested in the platform economy, networked forms of organising and the role that these assume in labour policy. She regularly presents her work at global conferences.  

At Oxford, Heli facilitates the Ideas 2 Impact programme with Professor Ventresca. This programme enables early career research scientists to build entrepreneurial skills and networks for the commercialisation of research innovations. She also tutors undergraduates in entrepreneurship and innovation as well as in business ethics. Previously Heli has acted as a research assistant to Professor Colin Mayer in a Bank of England-sponsored, Big Innovation Centre-led ‘Purposeful Company’ project. 

Heli holds an MBA from London Business School and an MSc from the Tampere University of Technology in Finland.


  • Andrew White,
  • Basak Yakis-Douglas,
  • Heli Helanummi-Cole,
  • Marc Ventresca
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