• Human capital and the internationalization of venture capital firms

      Manigart, Sophie; Collewaert, Veroniek; Wright, Mike; Pruthi, S.; Lockett, Andy; Bruining, Hans; Hommel, Ulrich; Landström, Hans (2006)
      We examine the neglected area of internationalisation by VCs. Using a representative sample of 195 VCs, we show that the decision of a European VC firm to invest internationally is driven by its human resources. Having more VC executives in general and more VC executives with previous international experience in specific, results in a higher probability of investing internationally. In contrast, more VC executives with experience in the VC industry or with an engineering background lead to a higher probability of remaining domestic.
    • Why do European venture capital companies syndicate?

      Manigart, Sophie; Lockett, Andy; Meuleman, Miguel; Wright, Mike; Landström, Hans; Bruining, Hans; Desbrières, Philippe; Hommel, Ulrich (2002)
      Financial theory, resource-based theory and access to deal flow are used to explain syndication practices among European venture capital (VC) firms. The desire to share risk and increase portfolio diversification is a more important motive for syndication than the desire to access additional intangible resources or deal flow. Access to resources is, however, more important for non-lead than for lead investors. When resource-based motives are more important, the propensity to syndicate increases. Syndication intensity is higher for young VC firms and for VC firms, specialised in a specific investment stage. Finally, syndication strategies are similar across European countries, but differ from North American strategies.