28 November 2018

European Alternative Finance Research Conference 2018 Summary

Around sixty researchers, practioners and  policymakers met in Utrecht for the 2nd edition of the European Alternative Finance Research Conference to discuss ongoing research and its implications for theory and practice.

After the keynote by Nir Vulkan entitled ‘Equity crowdfunding –a good idea?’ which centred around the evolution of equity crowdfunding in the UK and Europe, the participants listened and discussed ideas around (in)formal institutions for crowdfunding in different sectors, the phenomenon equity crowdfunding and later peer-to-business lending as well as new trends such as ICOs. In the afternoon Joachim Schwerin, Armando  Melone (both European Commission)  and Robert Pettigrew (UK P2P Finance Association) reflected upon the current state of crowdfunding  regulation  in  the  UK  and  Europe  and  different  approaches  to  policy  making. The  conference  concluded  with several  break-out sessions  on  access  to  finance  for sustainability and reward-based crowdfunding.

European Alternative Finance Research Conference 2018
Video report of the conference at Utrecht University.