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Entrepreneurial Finance and Innovation Conference (EFIC)

Welcome

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Asper Center for Global Entrepreneurship are pleased to announce the Fifth Entrepreneurial Finance and Innovation Conference

November 14-16, 2014
Brandeis International Business School
415 South Street
Waltham, MA 02453

Keynote Speaker:
Professor Antoinette Schoar
Michael Koerner '49, Professor of Entrepreneurial Finance, MIT Sloan School of Management

Conference Organizers:
Thomas Chemmanur, Paolo Fulghieri and Debarshi Nandy

The fifth Entrepreneurial Finance and Innovation Conference (EFIC) will be held on November 14, 15, and 16, 2014 at Brandeis International Business School. The conference is jointly sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Asper Center for Global Entrepreneurship at Brandeis International Business School. 

The aim of this conference is to bring to the forefront issues related to the financing of entrepreneurial firms and small businesses and the financing of innovation. The conference will explore various institutional, legal, and financial sector developments that affect the creation of firms, their rate of success, the dynamism of incumbent firms, and their contribution to innovation and economic development.

The conference will cover reasonable travel expenses including airfare (up to a maximum of $550) and accommodation for the presenting authors. Papers on the program will be considered for the Asper Best Paper Award for $1,000. 

Paper submissions for EFIC 2014 are now closed. We will inform those who have submitted of acceptance decision by October. If you have elected to submit for a dual review with the Review of Corporate Finance Studies, then you will also hear separately from RCFS regarding their decision.

CONFERENCE TOPICS  

While submissions from a wide range of perspectives are welcome, the following are some of the topics the conference will focus on:

  • The role of access to finance in creating entrepreneurial firms, fostering their success, affecting innovation, and in their exit choice decisions
  • The role of financial intermediaries like banks, and private equity investors including venture capitalists and angels in entrepreneurial business creation and in the success of such ventures
  • The role of market structure and product market competition on the creation, financing, and success of entrepreneurial firms and in shaping innovation at entrepreneurial firms
  • Governance and board structure of entrepreneurial firms and its impact on the development and success of entrepreneurial firms
  • The capital structure of new firms
  • International comparison of institutional, legal, and contractual structures fostering entrepreneurship
  • The impact of the recent financial crisis on entrepreneurship and new business creation and innovation.
  • Policy proposals to encourage new business creation and innovation.

While both theoretical papers and empirical papers using any relevant data source are welcome, submission of papers using microdata (for example, Census datasets such as the ILBD, LBD, LEHD, LRA and SBO, as well as other microdata such as the Kauffman Firm Survey, Survey of Small Business Finances, Panel Survey of Entrepreneurial Dynamics, and Small Business Economic Trends, and the National Small Business Poll) to analyze any of the above issues was particularly encouraged.

Reasonable domestic travel expenses including airfare (max. $550) and accommodation for the presenting authors will be borne by the conference.

Paper submissions for EFIC 2014 are now closed. The organizers will inform authors submitting a paper by the first week in October about inclusion in the conference program.

BEST PAPER AWARD  

The Asper Center for Global Entrepreneurship at Brandeis International Business School will present a $1,000 Best Paper Award for the most original paper presented at the conference, which will be selected by the program committee members.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE  
Daniel Bergstresser Brandeis University
Thomas Hellmann University of British Columbia
William Kerr Harvard University
Karthik Krishnan Northeastern University
Josh Lerner Harvard University
Gustavo Manso University of California at Berkeley
Ramana Nanda Harvard University
Vikram Nanda Georgia Institute of Technology
Matthew Rhodes-Kropf Harvard University
Alicia Robb Kauffman Foundation
David Robinson Duke University
Morten Sorensen Columbia University
Robert Strom Kauffman Foundation
Heather Tookes Yale University
ABOUT ASPER CENTER FOR GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP  

The Asper Center for Global Entrepreneurship serves as Brandeis' platform to probe and understand the key trends affecting entrepreneurship across cultures and borders. It provides an array of learning experiences through courses, seminars and conferences, internships, business plan competitions, field visits and meetings with global entrepreneurs. The Center was established by Leonard J. Asper '86, the current CEO of The Fight Network and the former president of CanWest Global Communications, Canada's largest media conglomerate.

Supported by:
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation,
Asper Center for Global Entrepreneurship, IBS, Brandeis University,
Society for Financial Studies