Vlerick Expertise in Entrepreneurship

 

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  1. 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.

  2. A helping hand from the government can be useful

    You sometimes hear people claim that “The government shouldn't get involved in the corporate world”. But is this actually the case? Until recently, Professor Sophie Manigart felt it was better for government bodies not to get involved in funding (young) companies. On behalf of the IWEPS, the Walloon Institute for Evaluation, Forecasting and Statistics, she carried out a comprehensive literature study into the funding of young and innovative companies and the potential role of the government in encouraging access to this funding. These days, she has a more nuanced opinion.

  3. Better climate for growth

    The findings of the very first Entrepreneurial Growth Monitor are clear: overall, the climate for expanding, buying or selling a company is better now than it was a year ago. Vlerick Professor Hans Crijns and Marc Cosaert (EY partner) are now planning to repeat this survey annually to get a feel for what’s on the minds of Flemish entrepreneurs.

  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. How effective are policies that use taxpayer funds to boost SME and Entrepreneurial activity?

    Governments in developed countries appear to believe that either the nature, or the scale, of their country’s entrepreneurial activity is sub-optimal. So, to stimulate this activity, they employ taxpayer funds. This paper examines the effectiveness of such policies in Sweden – and then extrapolates the Sweden exemplar to several other countries and regions, including Flanders.

  6. 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.

  7. My passion? I am an entrepreneur

    Passion and entrepreneurship are inextricably linked. At least, that's what the many entrepreneurs’ stories we hear every day suggest. But are successful entrepreneurs always passionate about what they do? What actually defines passion? What role does it play for entrepreneurs? And how might we be able to encourage it more successfully? These questions are addressed in a recent study by the Flanders DC Knowledge Centre at Vlerick Business School. Veroniek Collewaert and Jacob Vermeire approached BRYO, a VOKA initiative that aims to support entrepreneurial talent in Flanders.

  8. 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.

  9. Entrepreneurship at school

    From class project to successful business

    Many young people already show entrepreneurial behaviour from a young age. They are creative, actively seek ways to earn money, lead others, or dare to depart from the prevalent norms. By tapping into, strengthening and encouraging that entrepreneurial behaviour, secondary education can stimulate entrepreneurship even more effectively. The research shows that two important factors hinder effective entrepreneurship education.

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