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.

FALL 2021 Schedule

Seminar: October 4th, 2021

"Startup Experience, Venture Capital Experience, and First-time Venture Fund Performance" (Register)

Authors: David Brophy, Shane Miller, and Emmanuel Yimfor

Presenter: Emmanuel Yimfor (Univ. of Michigan)

Discussant: Sophie Calder-Wang (Wharton)

October 11th, 2021

Student Workshop

12:00pm - 2:30pm EST

Seminar: October 18th, 2021

"Entrepreneurial Migration" (Register)

Authors: Kevin A. Bryan and Jorge Guzman

Presenter: Jorge Guzman (Columbia)

Discussant: Cameron LaPoint (Yale)

Seminar: November 1st, 2021

"Beefing IT up for your Investor? Open Sourcing and Startup Funding: Evidence from GitHub"(Register)

Authors: Annamaria Conti, Christian Peukert, and Maria Roche

Presenter: Maria P. Roche (HBS)

Discussant: TBD

Seminar: December 6th, 2021

"Opening up Military Innovation: Causal Effects of ‘Bottom-Up’ Reforms to U.S. Defense Research" (Register)

Authors: Sabrina T. Howell, Jason Rathje, John Van Reenen and Jun Wong

Presenter: Sabrina T. Howell (NYU)

Discussant: Daniel P. Gross (Duke)


Bo Bian (UBC)

"Did Western CEO Incentives Contribute to China's Technological Rise?"

Authors: Bo Bian and Jean-Marie Meier

Presenter: Bo Bian (Univ. of British Columbia)

Discussant: Moqi Groen-Xu (Queen Mary Univ. of London)

John M. Barrios (Washington University in St. Louis)

"Rugged Entrepreneurs: The Geographic and Cultural Contours of New Business Formation"

Presenter: John M. Barrios (Washington University in St. Louis)

Discussant: Samuel Bazzi (UC San Diego)

Wei Jiang (Columbia)

"Surviving the FinTech Disruption"

Jay Ritter (Univ. of Florida)


Yulia Zhestkova (Chicago)

"Fencing Off Silicon Valley"