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Firm Level Implications of Early Stage Venture Capital Investment - An Empiri cal Investigation

Max Keilbach and Dirk Engel

Papers on Entrepreneurship, Growth and Public Policy from Max Planck Institute of Economics, Entrepreneurship, Growth and Public Policy Group

Abstract: The paper analyses the impact of venture capital finance on growth and innovation activities of young German firms. Among other variables, our panel of firm data includes data on venture capital funding and patent applications. With statistical matching procedures we draw an adequate control group of non­venture funded but otherwise comparable firms. The analysis confirms other findings that venture funded firms in Germany have higher number of patent applications than those in the control group. However, they do so already before the venture capitalists engagement. After this engagement, the number of patent applications does not differ significantly from that of the control group, however the venture funded firms display significantly larger growthrates. We conclude that the higher innovation output of venture funded firms is mainly driven by the selection process made by the venture capitalist.

Keywords: Firm Demography; Firm Start­Ups; Firm Growth; Venture Capital; Patented Inventions; Microeconometric Evaluation Methods (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C14 C33 D21 D92 L21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 24 pages
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-acc, nep-cfn, nep-ent, nep-ino, nep-mic and nep-tid
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