Sophie Manigart

Full professor


Sophie ManigartSophie Manigart obtained her Master in electronic engineering and Ph.D. in management at Ghent University. She is full professor at Ghent University and at the Vlerick Business School, where she serves as Faculty Dean. She was/is a guest professor at Wharton Business School (University of Pennsylvania), London Business School, IE Business School (Madrid) and ESMT Berlin.
Her research focuses on the financing of entrepreneurial enterprises, as well from the demand perspective as from the supplier perspective. In particular she studies the interactions between business angels, venture capital investors and entrepreneurs. She is associate editor of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and editor of special issues on entrepreneurial finance-related topics in the Journal of Banking and Finance, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice and Small Business Economics. She published in journals like Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Banking and Finance and others.


Academy of Management , Research Associate, Enterprise Research Network.

Research awards

  • Best paper award, 11th EIASM Workshop on Family Firm Management Research, Lyon (France), May 29-30, 2015, with the paper “Working for divergent principals: effects of private equity on employment levels and employment terms in family firms” (with J. Neckebrouck and M. Meuleman).
  • 2012 Mentor Award, Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division
  • Holder of the Francqui-chair from the Université de Liège, 2008.
  • Best paper award ont the International Conference on Small Business, 52nd World Conference (Turku, Finland), Family Business and Transfer of Business Track, 2007, with the paper “Exit processes of micro-businesses: The decision to transfer” (with H. Leroy and M. Meuleman).
  • Gate2Growth European Best Paper Award, 2005, with the paper “Follow-on financing of venture-capital backed companies: The choice between debt, equity, existing and new shareholders” (with K. Baeyens).
  • Best Empirical Paper Award from the Academy of Management, Entrepreneurship Division, 1995 with paper “A comparison of venture capitalist governance and value-added in the U.S. and Western Europe” (with H. Sapienza and W. Vermeir).

Awards for education

  • Best Teacher Awards: Vlerick Business School (EMBA-Ghent Class 2014), IE Business School (2012), London Business School Excellence in Entrepreneurship Teaching Award (2003-2004).

Editorial boards and refereeing

Publications of the last 5 years