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Human capital and the internationalization of venture capital firms

  • Manigart, S.

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  • Collewaert, V.
  • Wright, M.
  • Pruthi, S.
  • Lockett, A.
  • Bruining, H.
  • Hommel, U.
  • Landstrom, H.

    (Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School)

We examine the neglected area of internationalisation by VCs. Using a representative sample of 195 VCs, we show that the decision of a European VC firm to invest internationally is driven by its human resources. Having more VC executives in general and more VC executives with previous international experience in specific, results in a higher probability of investing internationally. In contrast, more VC executives with experience in the VC industry or with an engineering background lead to a higher probability of remaining domestic.

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Paper provided by Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School in its series Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School Working Paper Series with number 2006-01.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: 12 Feb 2006
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Handle: RePEc:vlg:vlgwps:2006-01
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