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Silvio Vismara

Affiliated professor
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Silvio Vismara is Professor of Entrepreneurial Finance at the University of Bergamo, Italy. He received his Ph.D. in Economics and management from Politecnico di Torino and University of Bergamo in 2004. He was visiting scholar at the Manchester Business School, at the Cass Business School, and at the University of Florida. He is co-founder of the CCSE research center with the University of Augsburg, Germany.  His research on IPOs and crowdfunding has been covered by The Economist, Financial Times, and Investors Chronicle. He has been the guest editor of special issues in Small Business Economics (three times), Corporate Governance An International Review, Journal of Technology Transfer, International Review of Entrepreneurship, Eurasian Business Review, and Journal of Industrial and Business Economics. He established a academic spinoff (Universoft) in 2004 and currently serves as scientific consultant for the Italian Stock Exchange.

Research interests

  • Entrepreneurial finance
  • Initial Public Offerings
  • Initial coin offerings
  • Crowdfunding


2016        Pearson Prize for the best paper in Financial Management, FMA ($7,500)
2016-18  Excellence Initiative of university internationalization, Lombardy Region (98,000 €)
2016       CFA Society Toronto & Hillsdale Canadian Investment Research Award (10,000 CAD)
2014       Euspri European Forum for Studies of Policies for Research and Innovation (15,000 €)
2012       FYRE grant, Fostering Young Researchers, Cariplo Foundation (5,000 €)
2010       Research Award, School of Management of the University of Bergamo (5,000 €)
2007       Morelli Prize, Rotary International (28,000 €)
2002-03  EU Marie Curie Research Fellowship, Manchester Business School (10,000 €)
2001       Postgraduate Student Scholarship, Federmanager (2,500 €)
2001-04  PhD Scholarship Grant, Promatech (36,000 €)
2001       Postgraduate Student Grant, Servizi Interbancari (5,000 €)

Editorial Boards

2015-present       Editor of Small Business Economics
2017- present      Associate editor of the Journal of Technology Transfer
2017-present       Associate Editor of Management Review Quarterly
2014-present       Associate Editor of The Financial Review
2015-present       Editorial Review Board member of Journal of Technology Transfer
2013-present       Editorial Review Board member of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice
2013-present       Editorial Review Board member of Journal of Industrial and Business Economics
2012-2015           Associate Editor (Entrepreneurial Finance Specialism) of Small Business Economics
2008-2011           Associate Editor (Finance Specialism) of the International Journal of Strategic Decision Sciences