International Symposium on Entrepreneurship, Blockchain and Crypto-Finance ISEBC 2019 Tunis, Tunisia April 24-25, 2019


The 1st International Symposium on Entrepreneurship, Blockchain and Crypto-Finance is jointly organized by the Telfer School of Management of the University of Ottawa; IPAG Center for Energy Economics and Environment; IPAG Institute for Entrepreneurship, Digital innovation and Performance; University of Paris 8; ESSCA School of Management; and the University of Tunis Carthage. It will take place on 24 and 25 of April 2019 at the University Tunis Carthage. The event aims to provide academics, policymakers and practitioners with a valuable forum for discussion and critical analysis of the major issues and challenges interrelating Entrepreneurship, Crypto- Finance and Blockchain.

The rapid advancement in encryption and network computing gave birth to new tools and products that have influenced the local and global economy alike. One recent and notable example is the emergence of virtual currencies, also known as cryptocurrencies or digital currencies. Virtual currencies introduced a fundamental transformation that affected the way goods, services, and assets are exchanged. As a result of its distributed ledgers based on blockchain, cryptocurrencies not only offer some unique advantages to the economy, investors, and consumers, but also pose considerable risks to users and challenges for regulators when fitting the new technology into the old legal framework. This conference discusses the evidence on financial asset capabilities of virtual currencies, risk management, and risk-averse investors in anticipation of negative shocks to the market. Virtual currencies are experiencing an increasing popularity in the financial markets and in portfolio management as can be classified as financial asset or commodities on a scale from pure medium of exchange advantages to pure store of value advantages.


The conference organizers invite submission of both theoretical and empirical papers (in PDF files)

relating, but not limited, to:


  • Bitcoin Phenomenon
  • Future of cryptocurrencies
  • Trading crytocurrencies
  • Modelling of price and volatility of crytocurrencies
  • Initial Coin Offering: Challenges and Opportunities
  • How does Blockchain technology impact corporate governance?


  • What are the benefits and challenges of using Blockchain technologies for business organizations?
  • How Blockchain is empowering businesses and communities?
  • Marketing – how not to merge a budget for a Blockchain project
  • Blockchain for enterprise and business – challenges and opportunities
  • Digital innovation, Entrepreneurship and Blockchain
  • Entrepreneurship Education and Blockchain


  • What are the legal and ethical implications of Blockchain technologies?
  • Building relationships with clarity and transparency: simplifying PR for Token sales and Blockchain ventures
  • Supply chain management and Blockchain technologies
  • Smart contracts management
  • Cybersecurity and Blockchain technologies

Operational and Applications

  • Real world applications of Blockchain technologies
  • Will Blockchain drive the evolution of gaming industry?
  • Socially important projects – what sphere critically needs to be changed with Blockchain Scalability: when, where, how
  • Linking entrepreneurship, Blockchain and crypto-finance
  • Social entrepreneurship and crypto-finance


  • Dominique Guégan, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France
  • Leo Paul Dana, Montpellier Business School, France
  • Chris Georgen, Topl, USA


  • Tomaso Aste, University College London, UK
  • Kent Baker, American University in Washington DC, USA
  • Jean Pierre Boissin, Grenoble University, France
  • Didier Chabaud, University of Paris Sorbonne, France
  • Julien Chevallier, University of Paris 8, France
  • Mohsen Debbabi, IHEC, Tunisia
  • Inés Gabarret, ESSCA School of Management, France
  • Marjène Gana, Tunisia Polytechnic School, Tunisia
  • Yosra Ghabri, University of Tunis Carthage, Tunisia
  • Stéphane Goutte, University of Paris 8, France
  • Khaled Guesmi, IPAG Business School, France and ICBR
  • Giancarlo Guidici, Milan University, Italy
  • Christophe Hénot University Paris 1, France
  • Kose John, New York University, USA
  • Wadid Lamine, University of Ottawa, Canada
  • Séverine Leloarne Lemaire, Grenoble Ecole de management, France
  • Adnane Maalaoui, IPAG Business School, France
  • Lynnette Purda, Queen’s University, Canada
  • Kim Raath, Topl, USA
  • Houssem Rachdi, IHEC, Tunisia
  • Allan Riding, University of Ottawa, Canada
  • Ilyes Abid, ISC Paris Business School, France
  • Samir Saadi, Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa, Canada
  • Walid Saffar, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
  • Etienne Saint Jean, UQTR, Canada
  • Bénoit Sévi, University of Nantes, France
  • Erno Tornikoski, Grenoble EM & Polythechnique France
  • Hans-Jörg Von Mettenheim, IPAG Business School & ACANTO SAS, France


Interested authors can submit their research papers (in PDF files), no later than January 31st, 2019 via the Symposium website


A selection of high-quality papers submitted to the conference will be considered to be published in top international Journals such as Finance Research Letters, Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money, and International Journal Of entrepreneurship and Small Business.


The fee includes conference materials, coffee breaks, lunch buffets, and the gala dinner.

  • 350 € for academics and professionals (except MENA region)
  • 200 € for MENA participants
  • 100 € for PhD students


  • January 31st, 2019: Submission deadline (extended abstract and full papers)
  • February 15th, 2019: Notification of acceptance/rejection
  • March 15th, 2019: Registration deadline
  • 24-25 April 2019: Symposium event





The conference will be held at the campus of The University of Tunis Carthage, located in the Avenue Fattouma Bourguiba, Tunis 2036, Tunisia.

Doctoral scholarship in entrepreneurship and behavioral finance

Job Summary:

The candidate will do a “co-tutelle” Ph.D. in behavioral finance with the University of Strasbourg, France, and the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB),Belgium, under the joint supervision of Profs. Anaïs Hamelin and Marie Pfiffelmann in Strasbourg and Prof. Ariane Szafarz in Brussels. The research program addresses the impact of behavioral biases on entrepreneurs’ financial decision making, both theoretically and empirically. A doctoral formation in management science will be part of the fellowship.


Job Description:

 We are looking for a highly motivated person with an interest in studying and developing new ideas. A strong qualification in applied econometrics is required. Scientific rigor and conceptual ability are key for this position. Previous knowledge in behavioural finance is a plus. Fluency in English is a must. French is considered as an advantage. Finally, the candidate should have the experience of writing a master thesis.


We offer a comfortable working environment in two top-level European research centers. The selected candidate will also participate to conferences, workshops and other scientific events.


Research centers:

The doctoral fellow will integrate both CERMi-CEB at the ULB and the LaRGE Research Center at the University of Strasbourg.


The Centre for European Research in Microfinance (CERMi) is a multilingual, international research centre based in Belgium ( The Centre Emile Bernheim (CEB) is the ULB’s research centre in Management Science, affiliated to the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (SBS-EM).


LARGE is one of the major research centers in finance in France. LaRGE Research Center excels in four major fields: behavioural finance, banking, corporate finance, and public finance ( It has developed an active and strong international research network.


Practical information

The doctoral scholarship will provide the candidate with a financing during three years (with a gross salary of 1750€/month), starting on 01/09/2018.

To be considered for the position the candidate must fulfill one of the two following conditions:

  • Holding a five-year Master’s Degree in business administration, Economics or a related discipline (300 ECTS), obtained ( by September 2018) at least with honours (distinction) delivered by a non-French university.
  • Holding a five-year Master’s Degree in business administration, Economics or a related discipline (300 ECTS), obtained ( by September 2018) at least with honours (distinction) from a French university and Bachelor’s Degree from a non-French university.


Applications must include:

  • A full academic resume
  • A copy of the Master diploma (including grades) or a letter indicating the expected defense date
  • Official transcripts of records (undergraduate and graduate studies)
  • A letter of motivation
  • A three-page summary of the master’s thesis, including bibliography
  • Academic references (at least one) with detailed contact data.


Please send your application to Professor Anaïs Hamelin ( before the 25th of May 2018.

Multidisciplinary Perspective into Entrepreneurship: research in or at the cross borders of Finance, Psychology and Entrepreneurship May 7–8, 2018 – Ghent University, Belgium Call for Papers – Research Workshop

Multidisciplinary Perspective into Entrepreneurship: research in or at the cross borders of Finance, Psychology and Entrepreneurship

May 7–8, 2018 – Ghent University, Belgium

Call for Papers – Research Workshop


The Centre for Entrepreneurship Research in collaboration with the Consortium for Business Model Innovation and All Inclusive Growth at Ghent University is pleased to announce this call for papers for the research workshop: “A Multidisciplinary Perspective into Entrepreneurship: Research in or at the Cross Borders of Finance, Psychology and Entrepreneurship”.

This workshop aims at bringing together junior and senior researchers in Entrepreneurship to present and discuss current research in a cordial environment. We welcome submissions that significantly advance the theoretical and empirical understanding of entrepreneurship and related fields. In particular, we are looking for contributions in the following four themes, or at the cross borders of these themes:


Technology Transfer and Academic Entrepreneurship

Academic entrepreneurship has changed dramatically in recent years. Particularly, new technology transfer activities have emerged, new modes of facilitating academic entrepreneurship were developed and a broader range of stakeholders is currently involved. Relevant research endeavors may, amongst others, be oriented toward understanding the role, contribution and boundary conditions of technology transfer initiatives such as accelerator programs and entrepreneurship garages. Further, the importance and implications of the university ecosystem and the interplay between its different actors, just as the economic and societal impact of academic entrepreneurship are relevant research areas.


Psychological and Cognitive Foundations of Entrepreneurship

Within the entrepreneurship research field, cognitive and psychological perspectives have increasingly been applied to explore entrepreneurial intentions and behaviors at different stages of the entrepreneurial process. Emotion, cognition and motivation have proven to be key in understanding entrepreneurial actions and outcomes. The entrepreneurship field may however still significantly benefit from work at the cross borders of psychology and entrepreneurship, which may contribute to a deeper understanding of core entrepreneurship phenomena, such as opportunity recognition and development, business founding, development, failure and re-entry


Entrepreneurial Finance

Entrepreneurs have access to an increasingly wide range of new financing sources (e.g., crowdfunding, accelerators and incubators, universitybased seed funds) that may help young and innovative entrepreneurial firms to bridge the financing gap and grow. Yet, we lack evidence on how these new financing sources interact with traditional sources, their (dis)advantages, and their subsequent impact on firm performance. More broadly, there is a need for a more comprehensive understanding of financial decision-making by entrepreneurs that takes into account the complexity of the evolving entrepreneurial finance ecosystem, the heterogeneity in entrepreneurial characteristics, and firm characteristics.


Social Entrepreneurship

Social entrepreneurship has gained increasing attention within the entrepreneurship research field. Social enterprises engage in commercial activities to solve social or ecological problems. As such, they face the challenge of pursuing financial sustainability and social goal achievement. There is a growing interest in how social enterprises deal with their hybrid nature. Future research may address what makes newly created as well as established social enterprises successful in fulfilling their financial and social goals and how they deal with the challenges they are confronted with.


Workshop Format

In order to facilitate networking and fruitful information exchange, the workshop will be limited to approximately 50 participants. The workshop will be organized in 2 parallel sessions, and will have space for 30 papers. Each paper will get a discussant assigned, and each session will be moderated by a senior researcher in the particular theme. Paper submitters should be willing to act as a discussant for other participants’ papers.


Submission Guidelines

Full papers or extended abstracts should be sent to no later than March 1, 2018. Please make sure you include the title of your work, the author(s), affiliation(s) and correct contact information of the corresponding author. The organizing committee will consider both conceptual and empirical papers that fit in one or more of the four workshop themes. We will give preference to theoretically substantiated papers that clearly describe the methods used to collect and analyze the data. Authors of accepted papers will be informed by March 15, 2018.


Workshop Registration

Authors and coauthors of accepted papers can participate in the workshop. Participants are required to register and confirm participation on the website ( between March 15 and April 1, 2018. Participation in this workshop is free of charge and includes two lunches (May 7 and 8) and one dinner (May 7). Participants are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and incidental expenses.


Important Dates

  • Deadline for submission paper/extended abstract by email: March 1, 2018
  • Communication of paper/extended abstract acceptance: March 15, 2018
  • Registration opening: March 15, 2018
  • End of registration: April 1, 2018
  • Deadline for submission final version of accepted paper: April 10, 2018
  • Final program: April 15, 2018
  • Distribution of papers to discussants: April 15, 2018
  • Research Workshop May 7 – 8, 2018

For any further information, please consult or send an email to

We are looking forward to seeing you in Ghent!