Governmental Venture Capital for Innovative Young Firms
19 Pages Posted: 26 Jul 2014 Last revised: 20 Nov 2014
Date Written: July 25, 2014
Governments around the world have set up Governmental Venture Capital (GVC) funds, and are increasingly doing so, with the aims of fostering the development of a private venture capital industry and to alleviate the equity capital gap of young innovative firms. The rationale and the appropriateness of these programs is controversial. In this paper, we borrow from the recent literature on entrepreneurial finance to document the evolution and to compare the effects of the different types of governmental support. In contrast with a lack of success in some countries, there have been successful GVC initiatives, such as the Australian Innovation Investment Fund. Consequently, the proper design of the investment processes of GVC funds is an urgent topic for scholars and policy makers.
Keywords: VC, GVC, intervention, entrepreneurial finance, IPOs
JEL Classification: G30
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