Sophie Manigart


Sophie Manigart holds a Civil Engineering and an MBA degree and is Doctor in Management (Ghent University). She is Professor and Faculty Dean at Vlerick Business School, and is Professor at Ghent University. She was/is Visiting Researcher at Wharton School of Business (University of Pennsylvania, USA) and Guest Professor at London Business School, IE Business School (Madrid) and ESMT (Berlin).

She has published on entrepreneurial finance, venture capital, private equity and entrepreneurship in journals like Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Management Studies and Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and written numerous book chapters and cases. She is Associate Editor of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, a leading academic journal.

For more than two decades, Sophie Manigart has researched the financing strategies of entrepreneurial companies, including venture capital, private equity and business angel finance. She has developed her research through stays at Wharton School (Philadelphia) and IE Business School (Madrid). This experience enables her to hold the position of Associate Editor at a leading journal, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. Her research is published in two books and over 40 academic publications. It enabled her to develop original courses on entrepreneurial finance aimed at both entrepreneurs and investors. She is or has been teaching on this subject at Vlerick Business School, London Business School and IE Business School (Madrid), and ESMT Berlin, next to short lectures in business schools around the world.

She has advised numerous start-ups on their financing strategies and venture capital funds such as Quest for Growth and was a member of the investment committee of Baekeland Fund (spin-off fund of Ghent University). She is consulted as a topic expert by the European Parliament, InvestEurope (formerly the European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association) and Belgian and regional governments. Experiencing a gap in the financing of start-ups, she was one of the founders of the first Belgian business angel network, BAN Vlaanderen. She is currently also a board member of AXA Belgium, BW Ryhove, Ovinto and EnergyVision, and was an independent board member of Gimv for 10 years.


Job Title : Professor of Corporate Finance and Faculty Dean

Management Domain
Accounting & Finance


Teaching in
Executive Master Class in Corporate Finance
Online MBA
Masters in Financial Management
Executive MBA

Expert in
Corporate Finance
Business Angels
Entrepreneurial Finance
Accounting & Finance
Venture Capital, Management Buy-outs, Private Equity
Venture Capital
Public Policy to alleviate Finance Constraints