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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 Sixth Entrepreneurial Finance and Innovation Conference

September 18-20 2015
Brandeis International Business School
415 South Street
Waltham, MA 02453

Keynote Speaker:
TBD

Conference Organizers:
Thomas Chemmanur, Paolo Fulghieri and Debarshi Nandy

The sixth annual Entrepreneurial Finance and Innovation Conference (EFIC) will be held on September 18, 19, and 20, 2015 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. 

Call for papers for EFIC 2015 TBD.

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.

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  
Program committee members are TBD. Stay tuned! 
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 Anthem Media Group and the former president of CanWest Global Communications, Canada's largest media conglomerate.

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