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 2018 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 International Conference "Emerging Trends in Entrepreneurial Finance", was held May 31st - June 1st, 2018 at the Lawrence T. Babbio Center, 525 River Street, Hoboken, NJ (USA). The conference aimed at selecting a small number of cutting-edge papers by top scholars in the field of entrepreneurial finance, venture capital and startup financing, crowdfunding and angel investing.

In the last few years the emergence of innovative funding sources for new ventures has substantially increased the complexity of the start-up financing eco-system. Business angels, angels groups, crowd-investors, business incubators and accelerators, and the exponential diffusion of Fintech and distributed-ledger technology have replaced or complemented traditional venture capital as a provider of financing to innovative new companies and a catalyst of growth. However, our knowledge of the functioning, interactions and effects of these changes is still limited. The conference solicited submissions of high-quality, original papers that shed light on the ongoing transformation of entrepreneurial finance as a major research area, with a special emphasis on the role of Initial Coin Offering (ICO) as an alternative and as of now, unregulated funding option available to startups.

A set of papers presented at the conference were invited for consideration in a Special Issue of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (TBC) by the Guest Editors: Sophie Manigart, Ghent University, Stefano Bonini, Stevens Institute of Technology School of Business and Vincenzo Capizzi, University of Piemonte Orientale.

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Michael C. Jensen
Financial Economics Network

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