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Venture capital programmes in the UK and Germany: In what sense regional policies?

  • Peter Sunley
  • Britta Klagge
  • Christian Berndt
  • Ron Martin

Sunley P., Klagge B., Berndt C. and Martin R. (2005) Venture capital programmes in the UK and Germany: in what sense regional policies?, Regional Studies 39 , 255-273. The paper considers how far and in what ways venture capital policies in the UK and Germany have been constructed as regional policy interventions. It begins by explaining two justifications for adding a regional dimension to venture capital policy and outlines the development of such policy in the two states. It explains the contrasting policy regimes and the means of intervention employed. Despite their marked differences, venture capital policies in both states are regionalized to only a limited degree. However, the uneven regional operations and effects of such policies are likely to produce an unintended regionalization of outcomes that may contradict the aims of closing regional disparities in risk finance and entrepreneurialism.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Regional Studies.

Volume (Year): 39 (2005)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 255-273

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  1. Andrea Schertler, 2002. "Comparative Advantages of Public Loan and Public Equity Schemes in Venture Capital Markets," Kiel Working Papers 1118, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
  2. Josh Lerner, 2002. "When Bureaucrats Meet Entrepreneurs: The Design of Effective "Public Venture Capital" Programmes," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 112(477), pages F73-F84, February.
  3. Ron Martin & Peter Sunley, 2002. "Taking risks in regions: the geographical anatomy of Europe's emerging venture capital market," Journal of Economic Geography, Oxford University Press, vol. 2(2), pages 121-150, April.
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