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  1. Optimist or opportunist?

    Recent research by Veroniek Collewaert, Professor of Entrepreneurship, has shown that entrepreneurs’ over-optimism towards a possible investor cannot always be put down to an ‘enthusiastic belief in their business’. Sometimes prognoses are deliberately presented in an excessively rosy light. Peter Maenhout, the Head Connected Consumer at our Chair Partner Gimv, the regional investment company in Flanders, explains: ‘Just give us the “raw data” of an entrepreneur who knows his market.’

  2. Stricter than the EU? Surely that’s not necessary?

    How do unlisted companies – starters and rapidly growing businesses – finance their growth? How are their potential transfers or buyouts financed? And what impact do financing choices have on their continued development? At the request of the Belgian Federal Science Policy Office, a team of researchers from a number of different universities has been examining these questions. Professor Sophie Manigart was the project leader. Below, she comments on the key results that emerged from the study.

  3. Conflict is not always bad. It’s not always good either.

    Research literature is awash with studies that describe how angel investors are involved in their portfolio ventures and the various value-adding roles they take on. But how the very nature of their involvement actually influences ventures’ performance, particularly their innovativeness, has so far not been addressed. This research paper examines how task conflicts between angel investors and entrepreneurs are related to the innovativeness of the portfolio companies in question and how this relationship is moderated by the level of agreement on priorities, diversity of entrepreneurial experience, and communication frequency.

  4. Study by Vlerick and UGent shows the socioeconomic impact of ARKimedes in Flanders

    A socioeconomic impact study under the leadership of Professor Sophie Manigart shows the importance of further support for the Flemish venture capital industry and argues for the expansion of the ARKimedes scheme. Various parameters reveal that the ARKimedes scheme appears to have a significant impact on the Flemish venture economy.

  5. Not all venture capital is the same

    Many big-name companies such as Apple, Rovio (of Angry Birds fame), Spotify, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Starbucks would never have existed, or certainly never have grown so big, without venture capital. “Venture capital is vitally important for start-up companies that have an idea or perhaps even a prototype, but often no finished product that they can put onto the market,” explains David Devigne, whose doctoral research under Sophie Manigart, professor and expert in venture capital, investigated cross-border venture capitalists and their portfolio companies in Europe. This research has shown that businesses need to think carefully about which financier they take on board. This is because the origin of the capital affects the company’s success.

  6. Ethical investor

    Take the money or run?

    Entrepreneurship research has largely focused on how venture capital (VC) investors evaluate entrepreneurs and their ventures in order to make effective investment decisions. A new study that considers VC investment from the entrepreneur’s perspective now shows that in addition to the investor’s value-added services and investment track record, his/her ethical reputation plays a key role in the entrepreneur’s evaluation.

  7. venture capital

    OK to invest. And what then?

    What happens once a venture capitalist (VC) has decided to invest in a portfolio company or entrepreneur? That’s the question professors Sophie Manigart (Vlerick Business School) and Mike Wright (Imperial College Business School, UK) tackle in their book “Venture Capital Investors and Portfolio Firms”.

  8. angel investor

    The good and the bad of trust in angel investor-entrepreneur relationships

    Angel investors play an important role in providing seed capital for start-up businesses. Just as important to the success of these enterprises is the level of mutual trust that exists between investor and entrepreneur. A Maastricht University / Vlerick Business School study explores how perceptions of trust between angel investors and entrepreneurs affect the angel’s perceived venture performance through data collected from surveys of the lead entrepreneur and angel investor in 54 Belgian ventures.

  9. JPG

    The impact of perceived unethical behaviour on conflicts between entrepreneurs and investors

    This paper* examines the impact of perceived unethical behaviour by entrepreneurs, angel investors and venture capitalists on their conflict process. Using 11 case studies, authors Veroniek Collewaert (Maastricht University) and Yves Fassin (Ghent University and Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School) have analysed conflict situations and the perception of unethical behaviour by the different parties involved.

  10. ROI

    Well-considered choice for a certain type of venture capital determines the success of the investment

    The venture capital (or: VC) industry is often very heterogeneous in Europe, where independent, private investors operate alongside government, corporate or bank-related investors. Local players invest alongside international investors. Entrepreneurs often assume that the source of money is not important, but the different types of venture capital each have their own specific impact on the businesses they invest in, each with their specific advantages and disadvantages. Entrepreneurs therefore have to make well-considered choices.

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