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Is Equity Crowdfunding a Good Tool for Social Enterprises?

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  • Stefano Cosma
  • Alessandro G. Grasso
  • Francesco Pagliacci
  • Alessia Pedrazzoli

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Equity crowdfunding is an emerging financing tool that can help social start-ups and firms to bring people and resources together around a project. This paper focuses on equity crowdfunding. We look at this as a complementary financing channel useful for promoting innovation and social change by paring down the traditional features of financial investment. Our unique dataset regards all the Italian Equity Crowdfunding campaigns launched by different platforms on the Italian equity crowdfunding market from 2013 to 2018. Our aim is twofold: a) to describe some characteristics of the Italian Equity crowdfunding market; b) to describe the characteristics of the social firms which have had recourse to equity crowdfunding, in order to investigate which factors influence the campaign’s success. The results suggest that social firms’ investment offerings are not different from those of non-social ones, but so far, the Italian equity crowdfunding market does not seem suitable for supporting the financial needs of this type of firm, on the side of either investors or firms.

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  • Stefano Cosma & Alessandro G. Grasso & Francesco Pagliacci & Alessia Pedrazzoli, 2018. "Is Equity Crowdfunding a Good Tool for Social Enterprises?," Centro Studi di Banca e Finanza (CEFIN) (Center for Studies in Banking and Finance) 0067, Universita di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Dipartimento di Economia "Marco Biagi".
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    Keywords

    equity crowdfunding; sustainability; social enterprises; entrepreneurial finance;
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    • G23 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Non-bank Financial Institutions; Financial Instruments; Institutional Investors
    • G24 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Investment Banking; Venture Capital; Brokerage
    • O35 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Social Innovation

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