Special Issue "Venture Capital and Private Equity"

A special issue of Journal of Risk and Financial Management (ISSN 1911-8074). This special issue belongs to the section "Entrepreneurial Finance".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Sunny Li Sun
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Guest Editor
Department of Marketing Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Manning School of Business, Pulichino Tong Business Center – 220A, USA
Interests: entrepreneurship; corporate governance; venture capital networks; institutions
Dr. Yi Yang
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Guest Editor
Department of Marketing Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Manning School of Business, Pulichino Tong Business Center – 220D, USA
Interests: corporate venture capital; corporate entrepreneurship; technology innovation; competitive dynamics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Venture capital and private equity (VC/PE) are important financial intermediaries bridging risk capital and entrepreneurial firms. The growth of VC/PE is changing the dynamics of capitalism and reshaping national competitiveness. The present Special Issue aims at collecting a number of new contributions, both at the theoretical level and at the practical level. The topics could widely cover financial contracting; governance structures in private equity firm and its invested entrepreneurial firms; angel investments; corporate venture capital; milestone vs. rounds; harvesting investments through IPOs or through mergers and acquisitions; evaluation and investment decisions; due diligence procedures; distressed asset investments; risk and portfolio management; legal and institutional perspective (e.g., blue sky laws, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, anti-fraud provisions); and VC/PE’s role in innovation ecosystem. We hope that this collection of papers will enrich this cross-discipline literature and encourage discourse in different fields.

Dr. Sunny Li Sun
Dr. Yi Yang
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Financial contracting
  • Corporate governance
  • Firm growth
  • Entrepreneurial finance
  • Corporate venture capital
  • Investment decision and evaluation
  • Portfolio management
  • Exit strategies

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Risk Capital and Emerging Technologies: Innovation and Investment Patterns Based on Artificial Intelligence Patent Data Analysis
J. Risk Financial Manag. 2019, 12(4), 189; https://doi.org/10.3390/jrfm12040189 - 14 Dec 2019
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The promise of artificial intelligence (AI) to drive economic growth and improve quality of life has ushered in a new AI arms race. Investments of risk capital fuel this emerging technology. We examine the role that venture capital (VC) and corporate investments of [...] Read more.
The promise of artificial intelligence (AI) to drive economic growth and improve quality of life has ushered in a new AI arms race. Investments of risk capital fuel this emerging technology. We examine the role that venture capital (VC) and corporate investments of risk capital play in the emergence of AI-related technologies. Drawing upon a dataset of 29,954 U.S. patents from 1970 to 2018, including 1484 U.S. patents granted to 224 VC-backed start-ups, we identify AI-related innovation and investment characteristics. Furthermore, we develop a new measure of knowledge coupling at the firm-level and use this to explore how knowledge coupling influences VC risk capital decisions in emerging AI technologies. Our findings show that knowledge coupling is a better predictor of VC investment in emerging technologies than the breadth of a patent’s technological domains. Furthermore, our results show that there are differences in knowledge coupling between private start-ups and public corporations. These findings enhance our understanding of what types of AI innovations are more likely to be selected by VCs and have important implications for our understanding of how risk capital induces the emergence of new technologies. Full article
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Influence of Venture Capital and Knowledge Transfer on Innovation Performance in the Big Data Environment
J. Risk Financial Manag. 2019, 12(4), 188; https://doi.org/10.3390/jrfm12040188 - 12 Dec 2019
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Technological innovation requires large investments. Venture capital (VC) is a prominent financial source for innovative start-ups. A venture capitalist will inevitably transfer knowledge to facilitate the innovation of a firm while monitoring and advising its portfolio companies. Only when a firm has its [...] Read more.
Technological innovation requires large investments. Venture capital (VC) is a prominent financial source for innovative start-ups. A venture capitalist will inevitably transfer knowledge to facilitate the innovation of a firm while monitoring and advising its portfolio companies. Only when a firm has its own valuable new knowledge and high growth potential would venture capitalists select it. At the same time, big data knowledge, such as customer demands and user preferences, is also important for the new product development of a firm in the big data environment. Therefore, private knowledge transferred from venture capitalists, new knowledge developed independently by a firm itself, and big data knowledge are the three main types of knowledge for venture-backed firms in the big data environment. To find the influences of VC and knowledge transfer on the innovative performance of venture-backed firms, a model of maximizing the present value of the expected profit of new product innovation performance of a venture-backed firm in the big data environment is presented. The model can help venture capitalists to determine the scale of investment and the optimal exit time and predict the internal rate of return (IRR). This model can also help innovative start-ups to illustrate the value and prospects of a project to attract investment in their business prospectus. Full article
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Cross-Border Venture Capital Investments: What Is the Role of Public Policy?
J. Risk Financial Manag. 2019, 12(3), 112; https://doi.org/10.3390/jrfm12030112 - 01 Jul 2019
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(1) Background: Cross-border venture capital (VC) investments play an important role in the scaling up of high-growth companies. However, policymakers worry that foreign VC investments transfer the majority of economic activity to the investor country. On the one hand, start-ups welcome the foreign [...] Read more.
(1) Background: Cross-border venture capital (VC) investments play an important role in the scaling up of high-growth companies. However, policymakers worry that foreign VC investments transfer the majority of economic activity to the investor country. On the one hand, start-ups welcome the foreign capital, expertise, and networks that accompany cross-border investments. On the other hand, policymakers are concerned that cross-border investments predominantly benefit foreign economies and fail to develop the local entrepreneurial ecosystem. This paper describes a framework for how policymakers can develop a set of policies toward cross-border VC investments. (2) Methods: The paper examines available data and trends about the role of cross-border investing, focusing on Europe, Israel, and Canada. Then, the paper explains the underlying economic challenges and develops a policy framework. (3) Results: The analysis shows that in addition to policies that aim to attract foreign investors, there are also important policies for the development of the domestic VC market. The analysis encompasses policies that are both financial and non-financial in nature. (4) Conclusions: A core insight for policymakers is to retain a balance of initiatives, attracting foreign investors while simultaneously making sure to strengthen the country’s domestic VC industry and innovation ecosystem. The mix of policies will adjust as the domestic ecosystem matures. Full article
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