Entrepreneurship Innovation and Strategy — Business Administration
Mark V.  Cannice

Mark V. Cannice, Ph.D.

Department Chair / Professor

Mark V. Cannice, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized scholar, teacher, and speaker on entrepreneurship and venture capital. He is Department Chair and Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation with the University of San Francisco School of Management.

Dr. Cannice writes the widely-followed quarterly Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Confidence Index Report® which is published by ProQuest and EBSCO, carried globally on Bloomberg Professional Services in 125 countries (Bloomberg ticker symbol: SVVCCI), and has been referenced in the Economist, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Xinhua News Service, Der Speigel, CNBC, National Public Radio, and many other media. He has written similar quarterly reports on the Chinese venture capital industry, China Venture Capitalist Confidence Index Report™ (Bloomberg ticker symbol: CVCCI).

Professor Cannice's research in venture capital and technology management has been published in many leading academic journals (e.g. Management International Review, Journal of High Technology Management Research, Venture Capital: An International Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance, Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship), and he is the co-author of Management: A Global, Innovative, and Entrepreneurial Perspective, 14th edition (2013) (published and distributed by McGraw-Hill in four languages).

Professor Cannice founded the USF Entrepreneurship Program, which under his leadership grew to become recognized among the nation's best entrepreneurship programs:
2004 - 12th most entrepreneurial campus in the nation according to Princeton Review and Forbes.com
2005 - Top tier university entrepreneurship program according to Entrepreneur Magazine
2006 - Top 25 graduate program in entrepreneurship in the nation according to Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine
He also founded the USF International Business Plan Competition which attracted top graduate student entrepreneurial teams from around the globe and hundreds of venture captialist and entrepreneurial executive judges over the six annual international contests he chaired.

Dr. Cannice has advised and lectured governmental organizations and universities from Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America on entrepreneurial education, given keynote addresses to CEO/CTO, attorney, and private equity manager audiences, and has been a Visiting Professor with the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (2006) and Peking University (2005) - two of China's top universities. He founded his own company, Pacific Business Development, Inc., an international trading firm. He also served nine years active duty as a Naval Flight Officer in the U.S. Navy - most notably as a Patrol Plane Mission Commander leading an aircrew in military operations throughout the Pacific, and was promoted to Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserves. He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. from Indiana University Kelley School of Business, an MBA from USF, and a B.S. from the United States Naval Academy (Annapolis).


Ph.D., Indiana University (1997)
M.S., Indiana University (1996)
MBA, University of San Francisco (1992)
B. S., United States Naval Academy (1984)

Administrative Appointments

Chair, Department of Entrepreneurship, Strategy and International Business

Research Areas

Venture Capital
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Technology Management

Courses Offered
  • The following courses represent the last 3 years of teaching and do not represent the current course offerings.

"The Right Moves: Creating Experiential Management Learning with Chess," International Journal of Management Education (Elsevier) (2013).

"Venture Capital in China: Development, Confidence, and Lessons," Economy, Management and Development (2012). With Cathy Goldberg and Ling Ding.

"Metaphors Used by Venture Capitalists: Darwinism, Architecture, and Myth," Venture Capital: An International Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance. (Routledge) (2010). With Art Bell.

"Venture Capitalists Confidence, Asymmetric Information, and Liquidity Events," Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (Routledge) (2009). With Cathy Goldberg.


United States Trademark #3,751,321 'Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Confidence Index' 2010