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Start-Up Investment With Scarce Venture Capital Support

  • Christian Keuschnigg

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Venture capitalists, representing informed capital, screen, monitor and advise start-up entrepreneurs. The paper reports three new results on venture capital (VC) finance. First, there is an optimal number of companies in the VC portfolio with a trade-off between the number of companies and the value of managerial advice. Second, dilution of advice plays an important role in the adjustment of the VC industry. Third, as a welfare result, a VC tends to provide too little advisory effort but takes too many companies to be advised. Testable implications are discussed.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of St. Gallen in its series University of St. Gallen Department of Economics working paper series 2002 with number 2002-03.

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Length: 43 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2002
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Handle: RePEc:usg:dp2002:2002-03
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