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  1. How can entrepreneurship fight poverty?

    It is something you often read: ‘Entrepreneurship is the key to fighting poverty’. But despite all of our good intentions, projects to stimulate entrepreneurship in more impoverished areas do not always deliver the results hoped for. Of what do the people initiating these projects, such as microcredit providers, NGOs and multinationals, need to be aware? As part of his doctoral research, Jacob Vermeire went to South Africa for 12 months. He believes the answer lies in the ability to place poverty and entrepreneurship within a broader perspective.

  2. Entrepreneurial passion: how to keep the fire burning

    Theoretical and empirical studies agree that passion is a critical factor influencing entrepreneurial behaviour and performance. Some have suggested that this passion may change over time. However, empirical evidence for this claim is at best ambiguous. Moreover, research has so far given little attention to the factors influencing entrepreneurial passion. Professor Veroniek Collewaert: “Prior research has considered an entrepreneur’s passion for founding as a given and as something entrepreneurs have to make the best of. Our findings point to a key role entrepreneurs play in keeping their own fire burning.”

  3. The development patterns of newly internationalising firms

    What happens when a company decides to ‘go global’ and enter foreign markets? What are the typical growth patterns of international new ventures (INVs) as opposed to more traditional exporters? Prof Leo Sleuwaegen and researcher Jonas Onkelinx have conducted a study that provides some interesting answers.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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