Tom Vanacker

Associate professor


Tom VanackerTom Vanacker is Associate Professor in Entrepreneurial Finance at Ghent University and Distinguished Research Professor in Entrepreneurship at University of Exeter Business School. He received his Ph.D. in Business Economics from Ghent University. He was also visiting lecturer at ESMT Berlin (2019-2022) and visiting scholar at the Carlson School of Management (University of Minnesota), the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania), Politecnico di Milano, and the University of Bergamo. His research is focused on entrepreneurial finance. More specifically, he explores how entrepreneurs mobilize and deploy resources, especially financial, and how these resources impact venture development. His research has been published in management, entrepreneurship, and finance academic journals including Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Business Venturing and Journal of Banking & Finance.


  • Entrepreneurial finance
  • New venture resource acquisition
  • Venture capital
  • Crowdfunding
  • Slack resources


  • Academy of Management: Entrepreneurship division


  • 2019 Best Quantitative Paper Award at the ACERE conference (with Cristiano Bellavitis and Douglas Cumming).
  • 2014 Karen Legge Prize (awarded in 2015) for outstanding contribution by an early career researcher to the Journal of Management Studies and the management studies community
  • 2015 Nominee Carolyn Dexter Award for Best International Paper, Academy of Management
  • 2015 Ph.D. Tutor Award from Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent University
  • 2014 Outstanding Reviewer from Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice
  • 2010 Honourable mention biennial “Andreas De Leenheer Prijs” for talented young post-doc researchers awarded by the International Club of Flanders
  • 2010 Heizer Award, Certificate of Distinction, Best Dissertation in Entrepreneurship
  • Honorary Belgian American Educational Foundation (BAEF) Fellow
  • Intercollegiate Center for Management Science Doctoral (ICM) Fellowship

Editorial Boards

  • Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice
  • Journal of Business Venturing
  • Small Business Economics
  • Venture Capital-an International Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance

Ad-hoc Reviewer (Selected journals)

  • Academy of Management Journal
  • Journal of Banking & Finance
  • Journal of Corporate Finance
  • Journal of Management Studies
  • Journal of World Business
  • Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal
  • Strategic Management Journal