What role is there for policy to address the funding barrier for scaling-up? Do we need a reorientation of the currently pursued policies in European countries?
What are the challenges of financing scale-ups, and how can long-term public policies support the creation of a better scale-up environment?
Making the manufacturing sector more competitive is vital to restore economic growth in Europe. Changing business models to sell services as well as products can provide useful revenue to manufacturers.
Nature and consequences of angel investments across a variety of geographies with varying levels of venture capital markets and other forms of risk capital.
There has been increasing concern from policy makers around the world about the lack of access to finance for young innovative firms. As a result, governments in many OECD countries have sought to address the financing gap and perceived market failures by supporting the seed and early stage market.
In this blog post, Karen Wilson shares 10 recommended actions points to the European Commission to unleash and attract venture capital and other forms of entrepreneurial finance to help ventures grow in Europe.
The persistent deficiency in private R&D spending in Europe compared to the United States can be almost entirely accounted for by the EU having fewer young firms, in the mould of Google or Amazon among its leading innovators. Even more importantly, these yollies (young leading innovators) that Europe does have are less R&D intensive. Why do European yollies invest less in R&D than their US counterparts?
Throughout the 2000s, European countries have been broadly successful at attracting large numbers of highly-skilled individuals. The euro area crisis has most likely significantly altered these pre-existing trends. As growth remains subdued and unemployment stabilises at high levels, spending cuts in R&D might leave countries in the periphery more exposed to “brain drain”.
The rising financing gap for SMEs as well as high growth firms is a serious concern for Europe battered by financial fragility. These firms, particularly young innovative firms, are the drivers of job creation and economic growth, much needed to break through the economic malaise across Europe.
Crowdfunding is a growing phenomenon that encompasses several different models of financing for business or other ventures. We assess the potential role of equity crowdfunding in the overall seed and early-stage financing market and highlight the potential risks of equity crowdfunding.
Crowdfunding has grown at an annual rate of 76 percent from 2009. Karen Wilson, Senior Fellow at Bruegel, explains this phenomenon. The concept of “crowdfunding” has increasingly drawn attention, most recently for its possible role in providing equity funding to start-ups. However, most of the growth has been in the area of reward crowdfunding, where […]
As sharing economy companies become valued in the billions, grand claims are being made for the future of these new providers. But the question remains open as to whether the success of these companies, which often relies on lower standard of regulatory oversight and taxes, are a net plus for the economy as a whole.