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Skills or networks? Success and fundraising determinants in a low performing venture capital market

Miona Milosevic

Research Policy, 2018, vol. 47, issue 1, 49-60

Abstract: This paper provides a novel interpretation of the factors leading to low performance in venture capital (VC) markets. By using human and social capital perspectives, we investigate the relationship between the professional experience and education of VC firm managers and i) the success of their portfolio firms on one hand and ii) their fundraising activity on the other. Our study focuses on the French VC market. The French business environment is characterized by tight links between businesses and the state and by powerful elite networks, while the VC industry has been dominated by government funding and incentives since the global financial crisis. We evidence a positive relationship between task-specific human capital variables and the exit success of VC-backed firms. However, unlike the research from the US market, we find no support for the claim that success determinants impact fundraising activity. Instead, we substantiate the importance of higher social networks for raising larger funds in markets with strong networks.

Keywords: Venture capital; Performance; Fundraising; Human capital; Social capital (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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