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Financial aspects facing start-ups during the go-to-market phase: Case studies of Swedish start-ups
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Abstract

Swedish start-ups seem to efficiently develop new products and services but less successful when it comes to taking them to the market and launching them globally. This research aims to address this gap through investigating Swedish start-ups. In light of this problem, the author argues that there is a need for increasing knowledge regarding the financial success factors and challenges facing Swedish start-ups in the go-to-market phase. The research question is thus: What are the significant challenges and success factors affecting the financing of Swedish start-ups during the go-to-market phase?

Four major challenges facing start-ups during the go-to-market phase are identified. These are lack ofsufficient capital,lack of support from the banking sectorlack of support from the regional public leveland, finally, regulations and legal issues. On the other hand, four success factors have been identified, which are support from private investorsshared financial private/public riskefficient internal operationsand non-traditional financing methods.

In order to facilitate the go-to-market financing, it is recommended that start-ups be established in a business incubator environment in order to have access to investor networks and other financial support. Besides, having investors with financial experience in the start-up boards increases the chances of success in the go-to-market phase. The banking sector in Sweden should also play a bigger role in the strategic issues in order to accelerate the start-up’s growth.

For further studies, more knowledge regarding the underlying motivations of private capitalists, public funders and loan lenders is desirable. Furthermore, the business incubator’s role in facilitating the financing of start-ups and understanding how start-ups in different sectors should act to increase the rate of success are two important areas for future studies. 

Keywords: start-ups, go-to-market, financing, growth, early growth, success factors 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 42
Keywords [en]
start-ups, go-to-market, financing, growth, early growth, success factors
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-69514OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-69514DiVA, id: diva2:1218338
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Student thesis, at least 30 credits
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Business and Economics, master's level
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