Invest Local or Remote? The Effects of COVID-19 Lockdowns on Venture Capital Investment around the World
115 Pages Posted: 7 Jul 2021 Last revised: 29 Jan 2023
Date Written: November 14, 2022
We find the “death of distance” in venture capital investment caused by the COVID-19 pandemic: VCs invest in more distant startups during the COVID-19 lockdowns and such effects continue and accelerate after the economy reopens. The death of distance is more pronounced when there is better internet infrastructure, lower information asymmetry between VCs and entrepreneurs, and smaller deal size. The pandemic-spurred advancement and adoption of remote communication technology contribute to the documented observations. The post-pandemic VC industry witnesses more vibrant entry of outside VCs into geographically localized markets, intensified competition among VCs, and mitigated regional inequality of VC financing.
Keywords: Venture Capital, Entrepreneurship, COVID-19, Pandemic, Lockdown
JEL Classification: G24, G23, L26
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