Edited by Javed Ghulam Hussain and Jonathan M. Scott
Drawing upon current cutting-edge theories, knowledge and research findings, this Handbook provides an analysis of the interaction between small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), entrepreneurs and financial institutions globally. The contributors consider regional and international perspectives within and between Europe, North America, New Zealand, the Middle East, as well as South, Central and East Asia on a chapter-by-chapter basis. In so doing, they provide a contextualized, up-to-date snapshot of research into entrepreneurial finance across the world.
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Chapter 4: Venture capital investment and internationalization: a case to consider
This chapter reports on how a program of intentional post-investment activity on the part of an export credit agency acting as a venture capital (VC) investor encourages internationalization of portfolio firms and adds incremental value, in three respects. First, the investor moderates the incremental risks associated with internationalization that SME owners perceive. Second, the investor provides a broad array of contacts and intelligence by having marshalled the resources of the export credit agency. Finally, the investor provides accreditation with respect to foreign clients and partners, domestic governments and key employees.
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