SME Finance, 10 years after the Global Financial Crisis

This one day conference will examine the ongoing development of alternative forms of entrepreneurial finance a decade after the Global Financial Crisis. During this turbulent period which has seen both banks and private equity participants withdraw from the early stage entrepreneurial finance markets in the UK and most developed economies (Wilson and Silver, 2013), a large number of alternative forms of early stage entrepreneurial finance have emerged. These include crowd funding, incubators and accelerators, angel groups, asset finance, alternative public investment, government interventions into grants, loans, mezzanine and pure equity finance (Baldock and Mason, 2015).

This conference will present the latest research and practitioner evidence from the UK and developed economies, addressing how the early stage entrepreneurial finance escalator has evolved since the post GFC breakages (Gill, 2010).

We anticipate a strong international presence, concentrating on the UK and Europe. Alongside leading academic research the conference will showcase policymaker and practitioner activity.

Provisional line-up of speakers:
Colin Mason
 (Glasgow University),
Daniel Van Der Schans (British Business Bank),
Osman Anwar (SQW),
Keith Arundale (Henley Business School),
Professor Javed Hussain (Birmingham City University),
Tom Britton (Co-founder of SyndicateRoom),
Professor Othmar Lehner (University of Upper Austria).

Conference co-chairs: Robyn Owen (CEEDR Middlesex University) and Ciarán Mac an Bhaird (ISBE and Dublin City University).

For further information and to register to attend please click here.

**Places are now limited, so please book early**