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Prof. Armin Schwienbacher

SKEMA Business School, France

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Dr. Clara Guerra

Office for Financial Market Innovation, Liechtenstein

The 3rd International Conference for Alternative Finance Research is a dedicated forum for alternative finance researchers and practitioners from all around the globe. It covers themes addressing crowdfunding, digital fundraising and lending, microfinance and prosocial lending, invoice trading, crypto assets and currencies, etc.


The conference serves as a cross-disciplinary meeting place for scholars of information systems, economics, finance, entrepreneurship, and marketing under one roof to exchange ideas and help develop the field both theoretically and practically, while engaging in close dialog with industry stakeholders and policy makers.

The 2023 event is organized as a collaboration between the University of Agder's School of Business and Law and the Utrecht University European Center of Alternative Finance, and is hosted by the IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems

Important Dates:

Paper submission deadline: 05.02.2024

Author notification: by 15.03.2024

Early-bird registration: until 15.04.2024

Abstract submission for proceedings: 25.05.2024

Paper presentation delivery: 29.05.2024

Keynote Speakers


Panel Discussion Participants: (to be continuously announced)

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Prof. Andrew Schwartz

School of Law, University of Colorado, USA

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Peter Morgan

Asia Development Bank Institute, Japan

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Prof. Ziaul Haque Munim

University of South-Eastern Norway, Norway

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Tok Yoke Wang

IMF International Monetary Fund, Singapore

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Dr. Vanesa Pesqué-Cela

Liverpool Business School, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

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Siri-Helen Egeland

School of Business and Law, University of Agder, Norway

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Dr. Godsway Korku Tetteh

University of Strathclyde, UK


Prof. Rotem Shneor

School of Business and Law, University of Agder, Norway

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Prof. Angela Itzkovich

ESN Africa, South Africa


Paul Pöltner

President, Digital Asset Association Austria, and Founder of Simply Tokenized, Austria

05.06.2024 - Panel 1:

Alternative Finance and Financial Inclusion: Expectations, Reality, and What's Next?


06.06.2024 - Panel 2:

Blockchain Applications in Crowdfunding: Opportunities and Challenges

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