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First-Round Valuation Of Angel-Backed Companies: The Role Of Investor Human Capital

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  • V. COLLEWAERT

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  • S. MANIGART
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This paper investigates how angel investors’ human capital affects the valuation of their portfolio companies at initial investment, based on the pre-money valuation of 59 investments in young Belgian companies. We show that entrepreneurs are able to negotiate higher valuations with angel investors who have a business degree, more entrepreneurial experience or previous professional law experience. As such, this result is in contrast with the behavior of venture capital investors. Angel investors with financial experience, however, value their investments lower: their financial background leads them to stress the financial side of the deal more.

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  • V. Collewaert & S. Manigart & -, 2009. "First-Round Valuation Of Angel-Backed Companies: The Role Of Investor Human Capital," Working Papers of Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent University, Belgium 09/624, Ghent University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration.
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    Keywords

    risk capital; business angels; angel investors; human capital; valuation;

    JEL classification:

    • G24 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Investment Banking; Venture Capital; Brokerage
    • M13 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - New Firms; Startups
    • L26 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Entrepreneurship

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