Announcing 2017 Emerging Trends in Entrepreneurial Finance Conference eJournal
In cooperation with the School of Business at Stevens Institute of Technology in association with the Stevens Venture Center, the Financial Economics Network (FEN) is pleased to announce the 2017 Emerging Trends in Entrepreneurial Finance Conference. This eJournal is available to all subscribers at no charge and contains abstracts of the meeting papers with links to the full text in the SSRN eLibrary.
The School of Business at Stevens Institute of Technology in association with the Stevens Venture Center hosted the international conference titled "Emerging Trends in Entrepreneurial Finance." The conference was held Thursday, June 1 and Friday, June 2 in the Lawrence T. Babbio, Jr. Center for Business and Technology Management.
Traditional venture capital is a major provider of financing to innovative new companies and a catalyst of growth. However, in the aftermath of the financial crisis new sources of financing have substantially pushed the envelope of financing sources available to new ventures. Business angels and angels groups, crowdfunding, incubators and accelerators and the disrupting advent of Fintech have massively widened the menu of funding channels creating a new eco-system for new ventures, with deep implications for both investors and entrepreneurs and ultimately for global growth.
During the two-day conference, emerging new capital sources for startups in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis was addressed. On Thursday and Friday morning high-caliber academics presented cutting-edge research that shed light on the ongoing transformation of startup financing. On Thursday evening, Colin Mason, full professor at Glasgow University, founder and Editor in chief of "Venture Capital - An International Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance", delivered his Distinguished Speaker Lecture. Friday at noon Professor Josh Lerner, the Jacob H. Schiff Professor of Investment Banking at Harvard Business School, delivered the Keynote speech. Friday afternoon two roundtables tackled the conference themes from a practitioner's perspective: venture capitalists, business angels, fintech executives, advisors and entrepreneurs discussed the issues of market validation of a new product/venture and the changing ecosystem of startup financing.
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