Public Venture Capital: Missing Link or Weakest Link?

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, Vol. 9, No. 4, pp. 453-465, 2009

13 Pages Posted: 1 Apr 2009 Last revised: 29 Jul 2014

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Thierry Rayna

École Polytechnique, i3-CRG, UMR CNRS 9217

Ludmila Striukova

SKEMA Business School - Paris la Défense Campus

Date Written: April 1, 2009

Abstract

The aim of the article is to examine whether Venture Capital Trusts (VCTs) meet government's expectations and help to solve the problem of underinvestment in young companies. In order to do so a survey of companies that were funded by one of the VCTs, the Oxford Technology Trust, was conducted and the results of this exploratory study are presented in this article. VCTs are compared to two recent government initiatives that also target the lack of investment in young firms. Finally, an attempt is made to assess the effectiveness of VCTs, in particular, and such policies, in general.

Keywords: Venture capital trust, VCT, equity gap, business angels, start-ups, enterprise capital funds, ECF, London Technology Fund, LTF, UK

Suggested Citation

Rayna, Thierry and Striukova, Ludmila, Public Venture Capital: Missing Link or Weakest Link? (April 1, 2009). International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, Vol. 9, No. 4, pp. 453-465, 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1371459

Thierry Rayna

École Polytechnique, i3-CRG, UMR CNRS 9217 ( email )

828 boulevard Marshals
Paris, 91762
France

Ludmila Striukova (Contact Author)

SKEMA Business School - Paris la Défense Campus ( email )

Paris la Défense, 92916
France

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