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Public venture capital: missing link or weakest link?


  • Thierry Rayna
  • Ludmila Striukova


The aim of the article is to examine whether venture capital trusts (VCTs) meet government's expectations and help 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 (OTT), 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.

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  • Thierry Rayna & Ludmila Striukova, 2009. "Public venture capital: missing link or weakest link?," International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 9(4), pages 453-465.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:ijeima:v:9:y:2009:i:4:p:453-465

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    1. Simon Forge & Colin Blackman & Itzhak Goldberg & Federico Biagi, 2013. "Comparing Innovation Performance in the EU and the USA: Lessons from Three ICT Sub-Sectors," JRC Working Papers JRC81448, Joint Research Centre (Seville site).


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