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An assessment of government funding of business angel networks: a regional study

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  • Collewaert, V.
  • Manigart, S.

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  • Rudy Aernoudt

    (Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School)

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In this paper we evaluate whether government intervention through the public funding of business angel networks is warranted. Based on a regional study of four BANs, we find that these subsidies reach their goals in terms of contribution to economic development and reducing financing and information problems entrepreneurial companies face. However, they are partly based on the wrong assumptions as these companies are not (yet) value creating. Therefore, we advise caution in using the market failure argument as grounds for government intervention in the informal risk capital market.

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Paper provided by Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School in its series Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School Working Paper Series with number 2007-16.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: 05 Jun 2007
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Handle: RePEc:vlg:vlgwps:2007-16

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Keywords: risk capital; business angels; policy; economic development; market failure;

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