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Mind the Gap: Europe’s Early Stage Venture Capital Deficit

Reinhilde Veugelers ()

Review of Business and Economic Literature, 2011, vol. 56, issue 2, 206-224

Abstract: Remedying EU’s deficient overall business R&D performance will require the EU to put more emphasis on nurturing more new firms in new sectors to grow to leading innovator status. It requires addressing the specific barriers faced by these companies, which is first and foremost their access to external finance, particularly tackling Europe’s “early stage equity gap†. The problem of Europe’s early stage venture capital markets is a combination of an “equity gap†(an undersupply of venture capital), and an “investment readiness gap†(an undersupply of investment ready projects). European venture markets are too thin. Drawing on a review of the literature, this contribution provides suggestions on how to design government policy to close Europe’s “early stage equity gap†.

Date: 2011
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