Mind the Gap: Europeâ€™s Early Stage Venture Capital Deficit
Reinhilde Veugelers ()
Review of Business and Economic Literature, 2011, vol. 56, issue 2, 206-224
Remedying EUâ€™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 Europeâ€™s â€œearly stage equity gapâ€ . The problem of Europeâ€™s early stage venture capital markets is a combination of an â€œequity gapâ€ (an undersupply of venture capital), and an â€œinvestment readiness gapâ€ (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 Europeâ€™s â€œearly stage equity gapâ€ .
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