Conference on « The changing entrepreneurial finance landscape: challenges for policy»

Announcement and call for papers

The EIC is pleased to announce the EU-SPRI conference on “The changing entrepreneurial finance landscape: challenges for policy” with a Special Issue at Technological Forecasting and Social Change, to be held at the Politecnico di Torino on 24th-25th September 2019.


Some broad topics that might be addressed in papers submitted to the conference include:

  • Public policy towards the financing of high-tech entrepreneurship and innovative firms;
  • The role of the Fintech revolution in the changing eco-system of entrepreneurial finance;
  • The effects of the financial crisis on SMEs and new ventures;
  • New forms of technology-enabled entrepreneurial finance (e.g. proof-of-concepts, ICOs);
  • The relationship between different forms of finance (crowdlending, crowdfunding, business angels, venture
  • The role of location and institutional characteristics in shaping the ecosystem of actors (and their relationships) surrounding start-up financing;
  • Entrepreneurs and investors’ social capital and positioning into a network;
  • Business models and different sources of financing;
  • Policy challenges and the integration of European entrepreneurial finance policie;
  • The impact of the digital transformation on regional equity gap;
  • Financial markets, regulatory framework and the provision of finance for SMEs;
  • Crowdfunding: opportunities, challenges and critical factors;
  • Venture capital, innovation and high-tech start-ups performance through technological change;
  • Macro perspectives on financial markets, innovation, high-tech entrepreneurship and economic growth;
  • Innovative policy tools to finance innovative and high potential SMEs.

The international academic Journal “Technological Forecasting and Social Change” has accepted to link a Special Issue to the topic of this conference, entitled “Digital technologies and the changing entrepreneurial finance landscape”. Submission to the Special Issue takes place separately and will only be open after the conference. Details on the special issue are provided on the Journal website. Dual submission is possible but not mandatory. Authors can submit to the conference without automatic submission at the Journal, and it is possible to submit to the Special Issue without having presented at the conference. Authors are advised to include the feedback from the conference into a potential submission to the special issue. Final decisions on papers submitted to the Special Issue will be made by the regular editors of the Journal based on the peer-review process at TFSC.

Organizing Committee

  • Elisa Ughetto (Politecnico di Torino) – Scientific Coordinator
  • Annalisa Croce (Politecnico di Milano School of Management) – Scientific Coordinator
  • Massimo G. Colombo (Politecnico di Milano School of Management)
  • Emilio Paolucci (Politecnico di Torino)
  • Vincenzo Butticè (Politecnico di Milano School of Management)
  • Carlotta Orsenigo (Politecnico di Milano School of Management)
  • Francesca Tenca (Politecnico di Milano School of Management)
  • Daniele Battaglia (Politecnico di Torino)
  • Antonio De Marco (Politecnico di Torino)
  • Francesco Fontana (Politecnico di Torino)

Keynote speaker

  • Rosemarie Ziedonis (Questrom School of Business, Boston University)

Target audience

The conference aims at involving a selected group of scholars. The participation from scholars at the Assistant Professor level, at the post-doc level, or at early stages of their career is particularly encouraged. PhD candidates at the final stage of their dissertation are also encouraged to attend.

Submissions and selection

Participants are invited to submit a full paper or an extended abstract and their CV. Full papers should be no longer than 30 pages, including figures and tables. Extended abstracts should be no longer than 3,000 words and clearly specify the objective of the study, its approach and results. The CV should indicate the PhD dissertation topic for PhD students and the main research projects for research assistants and post-doctoral researchers. Full papers/extended abstracts and CVs should be submitted by email to the following address as PDF files.Participants will be selected basing upon the quality of the submitted paper/extended abstract, the coherence with the conference theme, and their CV. Once acceptance will be notified, participants should confirm their participation and send the final version of their full paper.

Main deadlines

  • Deadline for full papers/extended abstracts submission: June 16th, 2019
  • Notification of acceptance: July 5th, 2019
  • Deadline for sending full papers and registration (including the payment of the fee): August 25th, 2019
  • Conference: September 24th-25th, 2019
  • Deadline for submission to the Special Issue: December 15th, 2019

Conference venue

Politecnico di Torino, Energy Center
Via Paolo Borsellino 38/16 – 10138 Torino (Italy).

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