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From Start-Up to Scale-Up: Examining Public Policies for the Financing of High-Growth Ventures

Author: Gilles Duruflé, Thomas F. Hellmann, Karen E. Wilson
Date: February 2017


This paper examines the challenge of entrepreneurial companies to go beyond the start-up phase and grow into large successful companies. We examine the long-term financing of these so-called scale-up companies, focusing on the US, Europe and Canada. The paper first provides a conceptual framework for understanding the challenges of financing scale-ups. It then shows some data about the various aspects of financing scale-ups in the US, Europe and Canada. Finally the paper raises the question of long-term public policies for supporting the creation of a better scale-up environment.

Geography: Europe, North America

Source: Saïd Business School WP 2017-05

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