Workshop on Entrepreneurial
Finance and Innovation

A bi-weekly, virtual workshop featuring research in entrepreneurial finance and innovation. The workshop is open to submissions at

The WEFI organizers are Michael Ewens, Yael Hochberg, Song Ma and David Robinson.

  • 40 minute presentation (Zoom)

  • 15 minute invited discussion

  • 10 min moderated Q&A (collect questions during presentations)

  • More details here

Use this sign-up form join the mailing list for workshop announcements and the call for papers. We will send separate RSVPs for the presentations.

Spring 2022 Schedule

June 6th

"Knowledge Cycles and Corporate Investment"[Register]

by M. Cecilia Bustamante (Univ. of Maryland), Julien Cujean (Univ. of Bern) and Laurent Frésard (USI Lugano)

Discussant: Yufeng Wu (UIUC)


May 16th

"Do Startup Patent Acquisitions Affect Inventor Productivity?" [pdf]

by Joan Farre-Mensa (Univ. of IL, Chicago), Zack Liu (Univ. of Houston) and Jordan Nickerson (Univ. of Wash.)

Discussant: Jan Bena (UBC)

Amir Sariri (Purdue)

"Does Mentorship Drive Startup Performance?"

Sophie Calder-Wang (Wharton)

"Diversity and Performance in Entrepreneurial Teams"

Simone Lenzu (NYU Stern)

"Propagation and Amplification of Local Productivity Spillovers"

Wei Jiang (Columbia)

"Surviving the FinTech Disruption"

Jay Ritter (Univ. of Florida)


Yulia Zhestkova (Chicago)

"Fencing Off Silicon Valley"