The 1st International Symposium on Entrepreneurship, Blockchain, and Crypto-Finance is jointly organized by the Telfer School of Management of the University of Ottawa, Canada; IPAG Center for Energy Economics and Environment; IPAG Institute for Entrepreneurship, Digital innovation and Performance; University of Paris 8; ESSCA School of Management; and the University of Tunis Carthage, Tunisia. It will take place on 24 and 25 of April 2019 at the University Tunis Carthage. The event aims to provide academics, policymakers, and practitioners with a valuable forum for discussion and critical analysis of the major issues and challenges interrelating Entrepreneurship, Crypto-Finance, and Blockchain. While the conference’s main theme is related to FinTech, the event is open to submission of scientific research papers on all topics in Finance, Entrepreneurship and Management.


All papers will be double-blind peer-reviewed by members of the conference.

Papers/Abstracts can be written in English or French.



Dominique Guégan, Professor Emeritus, University Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France


Prof. Dominique Guégan is Emeritus Professor at the University Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Her domains of expertise are Risk measures in finance – Financial Regulation - Deterministic dynamical systems- Nonlinear time series - Non-parametric statistics – Contagion and Systemic risks – Extreme value theory – Fintech technology.  She belongs to the LaBex “Financial Regulation”, through the Finance team of the University Paris 1 – CES and she is affiliated to the Financial Engineering Department inside NYU (New York, USA) and to the IPAG Business School (Paris and Nice, France). She has supervised 37 Ph.D. and published 10 books, 110 academic papers, and 30 chapters. She also participates to several international projects supported by Governments or supra-national bodies, and she is regularly invited to the most well-known universities in Europe, USA, Australia, and Asia.

Adnane Maalaoui, Director for Entrepreneurship Programs chez IPAG Business School - Entreprise CEO OTZII, Paris


Dr. Adnan Maalaoui is the Head Strategy and management Department, and head of the chair Entrepreneurship and Disadvantage at IPAG Business School. His research mainly focuses on issues of entrepreneurship, and disadvantaged entrepreneurs (elderly, refugees, disabled entrepreneurs, etc.) He works on topics such as: entrepreneurial intention and the cognitive approach to entrepreneurship. He mainly applies those questions to cases of diversity and social entrepreneurship. Adnan Maalaoui is associate editor for several academic journal (IJESB, JSBM, ...etc) and the author of 30+ academic articles; he also authored articles published in professional journals, and in edited books. Adnane is also the author of a series of French speaking MOOCs on entrepreneurship. He Also developed several European projects on Prisonniers, Disabled and refugee’s entrepreneurs.

 Chris Georgen, Topl,  USA


As Founder and CEO, Chris leads the design Topl's blockchain platform. He obtained degrees in Mathematics, Chemical Physics, and Philosophy from Rice University. During his time in college, Chris performed interdisciplinary research focused on emergent phenomena in complex systems and developed the core economic theories that led to the founding of Topl. He has a deep interest in the application of new technologies to economic and financial problems and is motivated by the potential for new economic systems to improve standards of living around the world.



February 28th, 2019: Submission deadline (extended abstract and full papers)

March 10th, 2019: Notification of acceptance/rejection

March 22nd, 2019: Registration deadline

24-25 April 2019: Symposium event


A selection of high-quality papers presented at the ISEBC 2019 symposium will be considered to be published in top international Journals such as Finance Research Letters, Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money, and International Journal Of entrepreneurship and Small Business.




Inés Gabarret, ESSCA School of Management, France

Yosra Ghabri, University of Tunis Carthage, Tunisia

Stéphane Goutte, University of Paris 8, France 

Khaled Guesmi, IPAG Business School, France and ICBR

Samir Saadi, Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa, Canada

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