Annamaria Conti is an associate professor of Strategy at IE Business School, co-editor of Strategy Science and the Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, advisory editor for Research Policy, and MIT Sloan Management Review Strategy forum chair. The common objective of her work is to understand the factors alleviating the effects of economic downturns and market failures inherent to the innovation process. Among these factors are signals young startups can send to attract venture capital investments, the characteristics of entrepreneurial ecosystems favoring these startups’ access to capital, the role of grants and sponsorships in stimulating innovative effort, the professionalization role of prominent investors, as well as the contribution of open source to firms’ innovation production function. Understanding these factors is critical to assess the sources of innovative firms’ competitive advantage, the market characteristics in which these firms operate, and, ultimately, the drivers of countries’ innovation and growth. Annamaria has published in top management and economics journals such as Management Science, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, and the Review of Economics and Statistics. Annamaria has received multiple grants and several research awards, including, most recently, the Best Paper Award at the 2022 Strategy Science Conference.