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3rd Entrepreneurial Finance Conference

Start date

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June 26, 2018 June 27, 2018


Milan, Italy [Map it]


The School of Management of Politecnico di Milano will organize the third conference on Entrepreneurial Finance in the vibrant city of Milan, Italy, on June 26-27, 2018.

Data paradigm offer start-ups the opportunities to introduce radical innovations, in technology and business models, creating new industries and fostering economic growth. To capture these opportunities, smart financing plays a key role. At the same time, the digital revolution opens alternative sources of finance for start-ups (crowdfunding, token offerings, angel investing), which both complement and compete with traditional sources.

The conference aims at exploring questions as:

  • How do entrepreneurs choose between alternative sources of finance for new ventures?
  • What is the relationship between innovation and financing?
  • How is the role of stock markets in financing new ventures changing?
  • Is the Fintech revolution transforming new venture financing?
  • Is crowdfunding an effective source of finance for new ventures?
  • Are blockchain technologies, cryptocurrencies and ICOs revolutionizing startup financing?
  • What is the new role of business angels in the changing eco-system of entrepreneurial finance?
  • What is the role of public institutions in the entrepreneurial finance market?
  • What is the role of tourist investors (e.g., hedge funds and mutual funds) in startup financing?
  • Why venture capital investments continue to be highly concentrated in particular districts?


Proceedings, special Issue and book

The conference proceedings will be published with ISBN and the papers will be invited to apply to a special issue on “Entrepreneurial finance in the digital era”, that will be published on a top journal.

Moreover, all participants will be encouraged to submit a practitioners-oriented version of the papers for publication on the book “New Frontiers in Entrepreneurial Finance Research” edited by Anita Quas, Yan Alperovych, Cristiano Bellavitis, Ine Paeleman, Kamuriwo Dzidziso Samuel and published by World Scientific Publishing.

Paper submission & registration

We welcome submissions of high-quality research on entrepreneurial finance. Please submit your paper via the web platform www.entfin2018.polimi.it no later than April 1, 2018. Papers will be reviewed anonymously and authors will be notified of the decision by May 1, 2018. All presenting authors are expected to discuss another paper. The conference registration fee is €300 (VAT incl.), including meals, a conference dinner and a welcome event. Questions? Please contact the conference organizers via entfin2018@polimi.it.


Keynote speakers

The keynote speakers for the 2018 Entrepreneurial Finance Conference will be Professor Thomas Hellmann (Saïd Business School) and Professor Gary Dushnitsky (London Business School).

Important dates

Deadline submission: April 1, 2018

Deadline registration for participants: June 1, 2018

Conference: June 26-27, 2018 (welcome cocktail on June 25)

Conference organizers

Massimo Colombo (Politecnico di Milano), Giancarlo Giudici (Politecnico di Milano), Vincenzo Butticè (Politecnico di Milano), Massimilano Guerini (Politecnico di Milano), Anita Quas (EMLYON Business School), Silvio Vismara (Università di Bergamo)