Handbook of Research on Business Angels
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Handbook of Research on Business Angels

Edited by Hans Landström and Colin Mason

This book synthesizes 30 years of research on business angels by charting the significant role they play in the financing of entrepreneurial businesses in both developed and emerging economies. The expert group of contributors examine business angels themselves, the evolution of the market and the role of public policy in influencing angel investment. Finally, the editors provide an agenda for future research on business angels.
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Chapter 14: Business angel networks: a review and assessment of their value to entrepreneurship

Tom Lahti and Henrik Keinonen

Abstract

The chapter focuses on an initiative that has become popular among policy-makers around the world in order to foster business angel activities, namely, business angel networks (BANs). BANs have been established to increase the transparency and improve the efficiency of the business angel market by providing a channel of communication that enables entrepreneurs seeking finance to come into contact with business angels, and at the same time enable business angels to receive information on investment opportunities without the need to compromise their anonymity if so desired. The authors describe the development of BAN activities in different countries and evaluate their benefits and drawbacks. The chapter identifies different kinds of BANs and the different ways that BANs can provide their deal-brokering service and deliver supplementary functions such as training of entrepreneurs and business angels, advisory service, contract templates and the development of good practice. Evaluations of BANs have shown both positive impacts on investment activity as well as negative effects, hence there is no conclusive answer to whether there is a need for public sector interventions to support the establishment and operation of BANs.

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