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Crowdfunding In France: A New Revolution?

  • Aurélie SANNAJUST
  • Fabien ROUX
  • Anissa CHAIBI

In the last few years, small firms have had difficulties to finance their projects via the traditional bank system. A new type of financing has recently appeared in Europe and in particular in France: the crowdfunding. It is a method for funding a variety of new ventures, allowing individual founders of for-profit, cultural, or social projects to request funding from many individuals via Internet. Our paper contributes to the literature by introducing this financial innovation and building a theoretical framework to explain its success. We also discuss some more practical issues to enhance crowdfunding in France.

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Paper provided by Department of Research, Ipag Business School in its series Working Papers with number 2014-234.

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Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: 22 Apr 2014
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Handle: RePEc:ipg:wpaper:2014-234
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