Young Finance Scholars Conference

Call for papers

Submission is open to young researchers working in all areas of finance, especially (but not limited to) PhD students, post-doctoral and early career researchers.


Main theme

The main theme for this year’s event is Entrepreneurial Finance in a New Funding Landscape.

Apparent unwillingness of banks to lend to both smaller private enterprises (SMEs) and larger public firms are very much at the forefront of European governments concerns. The reluctance to lend is a manifestation of the phenomena of ‘de-leveraging’ and changes to bank regulations in the post-crisis period.

Low interest rates and the banks’ reluctance to lend resulted in an unprecedented growth of European corporate bond market. At the same time, new technologies (FinTech) facilitated innovative funding alternatives competing with traditional methods in the delivery of financial services.

Above described developments call for more in-depth analysis of financing strategies for entrepreneurs and new ventures. We particularly encourage submissions in the following areas:

  • Crowdfunding and FinTech
  • Buyouts
  • Bank Lending to SMEs
  • SMEs and Family Firms
  • Venture Capital and Business Angels
  • Private Equity
  • IPOs and other exits
  • Corporate Bonds.

Conference submissions are also encouraged in other areas of:

  • Corporate Finance
  • Quantitative Finance
  • Banking
  • Corporate Governance.

Conference format

This year’s format will have the usual parallel sessions on different themes, interspersed with special sessions: ‘Ask the Editor’ Panel Discussion, Practitioners Round Tables, and keynote talks on the main theme of the conference. Awards will be presented for the best conference papers at the evening reception.

Key dates

  • Deadline for submission to the conference is 20 April 2018
  • Authors will be notified about acceptance to conference by 1 May 2018
  • Registration deadline is 15 May 2018.

Papers/posters submission

Papers or detailed outline of research in progress (in case of poster presentation) should be submitted to Dr Nikolaos Karouzakis at; with the subject heading: YFC_2018.