Cristiano Bellavitis is assistant professor (lecturer) of innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of Auckland since 2016. After obtaining his doctorate in management from Cass Business School, London, he moved to the Higher School of Economics (Moscow, Russia) and served there from 2014 to 2016. He serves as a chair for the track of Entrepreneurial Finance for European Academy of Management annual conference and was guest editor of Venture Capital: An International Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance. His research interests include network theory, strategic partnering, and interﬁrm networking in entrepreneurial ﬁnance settings and creative industries. His work has been published in leading international journals such as the British Journal of Management, Journal of Small Business Management, Managerial and Decision Economics, Venture Capital, Journal of Management and Organization and Journal of General Management.