Alternative Finance-A Framework for Innovative and Sustainable Business Models

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Alternative Finance-A Framework for Innovative and Sustainable Business Models

The book will be included in the book series: Routledge International Studies in Money and Banking


Hasnan Baber- Assistant Professor- Department of Management, Strategy & Entrepreneurship, School of Business Administration, American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Prof. Habil. Mina Fanea-Ivanovici- Professor- Department of Economics and Economic Policies, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania

The alternative financing space has grown exponentially in the last few decades, namely as a consequence of the financial crisis, technological advancement, niche customer segments, and more recently the pandemic.  Now, with the inclusion of Fintech, online lenders, crowdfunding, accelerators, venture capitalists, or angel investors, this funding channel is no longer seen as a substitute for formal financing, but rather a core one. 

This book is a comprehensive guide to alternative financing methods, offering insights into emerging trends, the role of FinTech, and the intersection of finance with sustainability and entrepreneurship. It fills a knowledge gap by exploring innovative financing channels such as crowdfunding and venture capital as well as other non-traditional ways of raising funds, which have become crucial for startups and businesses. It discusses the impact of financial technology (FinTech) on these methods and their function in supporting entrepreneurship and sustainable business, while also examining the implications of these technological advancements in the wider financial sector. It addresses challenges and opportunities for entrepreneurs and explores how alternative financing options can support growth and innovation, particularly in the context of environmentally and socially focused ventures, including how to integrate economic, social, and environmental considerations. The emphasis on sustainability and green finance aligns with the growing global concern for responsible business practices and the Sustainable Development Goals.

While the primary audience for the book is scholars, researchers and students, the inclusion of case studies, and the exploration of various financing options, extends practical cues for policymakers and practitioners, and contributes to the understanding of how finance, entrepreneurship, and sustainability intersect in real-world business scenarios.

Language - English.

Chapter proposal submission- Please submit your chapter proposal on or before November 30, 2023.

This will be a brief description (200-300 words maximum) as to how the proposed book chapter fits the scope and vision of this book.

Submissions should be emailed to:

Dr, Hasnan Baber at or

Prof. Habil. Mina Fanea-Ivanovici at

Submission or Publication Fees - None. There will be no submission, publication, or translation fees.

Number of Words- 3000 – 6000 words (Shorter contributions will be accepted for case studies)

Important Dates

Proposal Submission Deadline                                       November 30, 2023

Feedback on Proposals                                                  December 31, 2023

Full Chapters Submission                                             March 01, 2024

Peer Review Results Returned to Authors                      April 01, 2024

Revised Chapter Submission                                         June 01, 2024

Submission to publisher                                                June 30, 2024

Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for chapters in their area of expertise.

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Preliminary Table of Contents

Introduction- Editors

  1. Alternative financing method of entrepreneurship.

Social entrepreneurship.

Innovative entrepreneurship.

Hustler entrepreneurship.

Imitator entrepreneurship.

Researcher entrepreneurship.

Digital entrepreneurship.

Institutional entrepreneurship.

Political entrepreneurship

  1. Alternative financing method of sustainable business models.

  • Sustainable business model archetypes

  • Environment-centred archetypes include:

Green finance

Lower content for products and packaging

LEAN manufacturing principles

Low-carbon manufacturing

Increased functionality of products

Moving from non-renewable to renewable energy sources

Local energy solutions.

  •  Socially responsible archetype examples are:

Consumer Education

Demand management

Product durability and longevity, e.g., durable outdoor clothing designed to last, such as Patagonia.

Market places for second-hand goods, e.g., eBay, clothing swaps

Responsible for product distribution/ promotion.

  1. Alternative financing method for civic engagements and initiatives

  2. Alternative Funding Options·


Business Grants.

Venture Capitalists and Angel Investors.

Pitch competitions.


Fintech (Online Lenders)

  1. Crowdfunding as an alternate method of financing start-ups and sustainable ventures and business models.

Rewards-Based Crowdfunding

Equity Crowdfunding (Crowd-investing)

Donation Crowdfunding

Debt Crowdfunding (Peer-To-Peer Lending or Crowdlending)

  1. Case studies

Case studies on any above themes are invited and encouraged to be submitted. Case studies can be either posted after the relevant theme or a dedicated chapter will be proposed if cases are received in good numbers.