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2nd Entrepreneurial Finance Conference

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July 6, 2017 July 7, 2017


Ghent, Belgium [Map it]


After the successful Entfin Conference in Lyon (2016), the Vlerick Business School, the University of Antwerp and Ghent University will organize the second conference on Entrepreneurial Finance in the historical city of Ghent, Belgium on July 6-7, 2017.

Special Issue Journal of Banking and Finance

Following the conference, a special issue of the Journal of Banking and Finance will be published on “New Developments in Entrepreneurial Finance”. Guest editors of the JBF Special Issue are Douglas Cumming (York University, managing editor), Marc Deloof (University of Antwerp), Sophie Manigart (Vlerick Business School and Ghent University), Mike Wright (Imperial College).


The financing of entrepreneurial ventures has dramatically changed during the last years. On the one hand, regulatory tightening of institutional investors post-financial crisis has reduced the supply of traditional funding sources, such as bank financing. On the other hand, low interest rate environments have fueled new entrants, such as family offices, sovereign wealth funds and hedge funds, while technological developments have led to crowdfunding platforms emerging around the globe. This highlights that more in-depth insights are needed on optimal financing strategies for new ventures.

  • The conference and the special issue of the Journal of Banking and Finance aim at exploring questions as:
  • What are optimal financing strategies for a new venture? How are these depending on a new venture’s characteristics? How do entrepreneurs choose between alternatives?
  • What is the current role of bank financing, given tighter bank regulations and alternative players?
  • Are different sources of funding substitutes or complements? Do they appeal to different types of ventures? How do they play together when co-investing? What are governance issues in syndicates?
  • What is the current role of the stock market in financing new ventures? Why do some new ventures still go public, while others prefer private rounds? What are the effects of delaying IPOs and continuing to rely on internal rounds?
  • What returns do the different types of investors generate? Do they compensate for the risks?
  • What are the real effects of (combinations of) different sources of funding, both at the micro and macro level? How do financiers impact firm innovation and wealth creation, or a region’s competitiveness?
  • How do institutional and regulatory differences induce differences in entrepreneurial finance practices around the world?
  • What is the role of policy makers (beyond regulation) in enabling an efficient market for entrepreneurial finance?