The 1st International Symposium on Entrepreneurship, Blockchain and Crypto-Finance is jointly organized by the Telfer School of Management of the University of Ottawa; IPAG Center for Energy Economics and Environment; IPAG Institute for Entrepreneurship, Digital innovation and Performance; University of Paris 8, Vincennes saint Denis; ESSCA School of Management; and the University of Tunis Carthage. 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.
The rapid advancement in encryption and network computing gave birth to new tools and products that have influenced the local and global economy alike. One recent and notable example is the emergence of virtual currencies, also known as cryptocurrencies or digital currencies. Virtual currencies introduced a fundamental transformation that affected the way goods, services, and assets are exchanged. As a result of its distributed ledgers based on blockchain, cryptocurrencies not only offer some unique advantages to the economy, investors, and consumers, but also pose considerable risks to users and challenges for regulators when fitting the new technology into the old legal framework. This conference discusses the evidence on financial asset capabilities of virtual currencies, risk management, and risk-averse investors in anticipation of negative shocks to the market. Virtual currencies are experiencing an increasing popularity in the financial markets and in portfolio management as can be classified as financial asset or commodities on a scale from pure medium of exchange advantages to pure store of value advantages.