Introduction to Private Equity: Venture, Growth, LBO & by Cyril Demaria(auth.)

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3 The advent of the European Union, and the perspective of a pan-European market, reinforced the conviction that Europe could compete by applying a successful foreign model. This conviction was further supported by the thriving venture capital industry in Israel, which despite its geographical and financial limits could use Silicon Valley to its advantage.

The increasing costs associated with starting up Another challenge which is associated with venture financing in the US is the increasing cost of a start-up. ). The logical solution would be to delocalise the start-up, and set it in a less costly area. The problem is that venture capital firms usually finance the pool of their neighbouring companies – which is not the case for LBO investors, who usually target companies nationwide. The centres of competence such as Silicon Valley and the Boston area are a determining factor in the success of start-ups, notably because they do attract talent and can benefit from the local socio-economic environment.

Due to the success of this model, many initiatives have been undertaken to replicate it, often without success (Lerner, 2009). 2. The ‘anchor firm’ model: ventures emerge from a company either through spin-offs or the departure of experimented employees, who have identified a business opportunity and decide to pursue it independently. 4 SMEs introducing product or process innovations (as % of SMEs) Source: TrendChart-ERAWATCH database, Pro-Inno Europe (2012). a source of financing). This is why this model usually gives birth to a cluster of companies.

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