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Cultural Entrepreneurship

Meet the Cultural Entrepreneurship Faculty

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Dr. Aparna Katre

Associate Professor & Program Director, 
Cultural Entrepreneurship
Office: Humantities 468B
Phone: 218-726-8306

Dr. Katre is an Assistant Professor and the Director of the Cultural Entrepreneurship (CUE) degree program at the University of Minnesota Duluth. She is responsible for the program design, curriculum development and instruction, and foster international relationships. Dr. Katre emphasizes the need to develop a local ecosystem in order to support the development of entrepreneurial mindset of our students and to create a pathway for student led startups.

Dr. Katre’s research interests are at the nexus of entrepreneurship, strategy, and design thinking for social change. Her research has explored social entrepreneurs’ motivations, behaviors and strategies particularly during the startup stages of venture creation. Dr. Katre also studies social entrepreneurship in emerging economies, with an emphasis on women entrepreneurship.

Prior to her current role, Dr. Katre provided leadership in the areas of strategy, organizational change management, business process improvement, and program management at Global Information Technology consulting firms. She was also the founder of a nonprofit organization and was a small business owner.

Dr. Katre has Ph.D. in Management (Designing Sustainable Systems) from Case Western Reserve University and is associated with various academic and practitioner groups.

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Dr. Olaf Kuhlke

Associate Professer, College of Liberal Arts
Founder, Cultural Entrepreneurship Program
Office: Kirby Plaza 306
Phone: 218-726-7331

Dr. Kuhlke is the Founder of the Cultural Entrepreneurship program and an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Dr. Kuhlke’s research and teaching interests are in three principle areas: culture, population, and environment. As a cultural geographer, he examines the socio-spatial construction of nationalism and its expression in public spaces. In the area of population geography, he has worked on projects ranging from studying migrant behavior and representation to local demographic mapping using Geographic Information Systems. In the field of environmental studies, his focus is on urban ecology, especially habitat mapping and urban water issues.