The European Centre for Alternative Finance (ECAF) is a research centre within Utrecht University. It has a central role in guiding the international research agenda on alternative finance, supporting financial inclusion and access to finance. ECAF is a joint initiative of Utrecht University School of Economics (U.S.E.), CrowdfundingHub and Sustainable Finance Lab.
16 April 2019
The conference welcomes rigorous studies related to alternative finance and fintech from an economic, law, sociological or other perspective.
28 November 2018
Researchers, practioners and policymakers met in Utrecht for the second edition of the European Alternative Finance Research Conference. Keynote by Nir Vulkan.
11 April 2018
Ronald Kleverlaan, founding director of ECAF supports this collaboration, financed by the Dutch ministry of Economic Affairs.
1 June 2019 15:00
Why was it that, in developed Western economies, financial institutions like banks only began to reach deep into society during the 1960s and 1970s?
15 - 26
15 July 2019 09:00 - 26 July 2019 18:00
In this summer school, we investigate how FinTech entrepreneurs can grow in a sustainable manner and how policymakers and regulators can ensure this.
15 October 2019 09:00 - 18:00
This year’s theme of the European Alternative Finance Research Conference is: New forms of alternative finance for SMEs, Keynote speaker: Armin Schwienbacher.