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The Business Angel portfolio under the European Angels Fund: An empirical analysis

The EIF Working Paper 2020/062: The Business Angel portfolio under the European Angels Fund: An empirical analysis.

This working paper, from member EIF, analyses the Business Angel (BA) portfolio of the European Angels Fund (EAF), which is an initiative of the European Investment Fund and engages in co-investment relationships with experienced business angels across Europe.

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Report: Accelerating the Flow of Funds into Early-Stage Ventures
The third annual Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI) report, "Accelerating the Flow of Funds into Early-Stage Ventures: An Initial Look at Program Differences and Design Choices," examines how the design and structure of accelerator programs correspond with increased business growth for program participants. With data from more than 2,...
White Paper: Microfinance and Economic Development
Microfinance is generally seen as a way to fix credit markets and unleash the productive capacities of poor people dependent on self-employment. The microfinance sector grew quickly since the 1990s, paving the way for other forms of social enterprise and social investment. But recent evidence shows only modest average impacts on customers,...
Venture Capitalists' Gender Constructions Versus Venturing Performance Facts
Although often discussed, there has been limited effort to match venture capitalists’ construction of gender notions with specific facts about the entrepreneurs’ venturing activities. This Journal of Business Venturing Insights study shows how stereotypical gender notions of both men and women entrepreneurs are embedded in venture capitalists’...
Microfinance and Business Start-ups: Review of the Current Practice in Europe
This paper explores the theoretical background and the emergent evidence related to the role of access to finance for business start-ups and self-employment in Europe, with a specific focus on the role of microfinance institutions. So far, microfinance has been supporting start-ups at certain maturity level on a limited scale, with only a handful...
World Bank Group White Paper: Microfinance and Economic Development
Microfinance is generally seen as a way to fix credit markets and unleash the productive capacities of poor people who are dependent on self-employment. The microfinance sector has grown quickly since the 1990s, paving the way for other forms of social enterprise and social investment. But recent evidence shows only modest average impacts on...
Australian Small Business Investment Barriers Identified
The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman released a study into factors impacting small to medium enterprise investment. Speaking at the Institute of Public Accountants national conference on the Gold Coast, Ombudsman Kate Carnell said barriers to investment included access to capital, red tape and energy prices. Carnell said...
2016 Small Business Credit Survey: Report on Startup Firms
Startups—small businesses that were five-years-old or younger in 2016 with full- or part-time employees—make up 34% of all small employer firms and are drivers of U.S. job growth. Results from the Small Business Credit Survey show that while startups have stronger growth and more optimism than mature firms, they have greater credit risk and...
The Entrepreneurial Ecosystem of South Africa: A Strategy for Global Leadership 2017
Based on the results of this analysis, the researchers present a prioritised strategy for action that assists investors, stakeholders, and policy actors in directing their resources towards generating the greatest impact for entrepreneurs in the country. One of their recommendations, based on the GEDI model and GEDI policy tool, is to improve the...
EIF European SME Finance
This European Investment Fund (EIF) analysis provides an overview of the main markets relevant to EIF, equity, guarantees, securitization, and microfinance. These main markets have been identified by the European Small Business Finance Outlook (ESBFO). Starting with a discussion of the general market environment for SME finance, analysts then look...
Fintech in MENA: Unbundling the financial services industry
This report was created with the aim to inform entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers, large corporations and the general public about the opportunities and challenges for fintech startups in MENA.IN particular this report tries to answer the following questions: What are the drivers and barriers for fintech in MENA? What solutions are fintech...