Perceptions of Swedish Fund Managers of Equity Crowdfunding
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Equity crowdfunding (ECF) is the smallest of four main types of crowdfunding (CF) and has emerged as a new form of investment, where investors receive equity of a company in return for capital. Over the past years, the development of CF has given entrepreneurs the option to seek funding from a new source, instead of relying solely on venture capital (VC) and other sources of funding (Mollick, 2013). However, the implementation of regulations for ECF has not yet developed enough to make such investing equally consistent for everyone.
Equity crowdfunded ventures can potentially attract a large number of investors that can possibly create corporate governance issues between the entrepreneur and investors. Additionally, individual investors might both lack the competence or incentive to extensively research and assess a venture and make an investment. Due to the growth in ECF and the lack of knowledge of it, the purpose of this thesis was to discover the perceptions of Swedish fund managers (FMs) regarding the nature of ECF and their interest in it.
In order to fulfill the purpose of this study, previous studies were carefully examined to gain a thorough understanding of the area of study. Furthermore, the empirical findings were gathered through a course of seven semi-structured interviews of Swedish FMs.
Empirical findings suggested that ECF has remained as a means of providing only seed-stage funding for ventures and that it is a marginal phenomenon in Sweden. ECF was believed to potentially disturb the VC industry if it grew and moved to a later stage. Additionally, ECF was found to be a good option for companies that were unable to receive funding from traditional funding methods. Risks of fraud and other scandals should be prevented for ECF to maintain its popularity. The findings implied that the future of ECF remains uncertain. Based on the perceptions of Swedish FMs, ECF neither would replace nor be a threat to traditional methods.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 63 p.
Equity Crowdfunding, Crowdfunding, Traditional Funding Methods, Venture Capital, Fund Managers, Seed-Stage Funding, ECF Fund, Equity Gap, Financing of Small Firms
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-26768ISRN: JU-IHH-FÖA-1-20150016OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-26768DiVA: diva2:814256
Subject / course
IHH, Business Administration
2015-05-21, 14:29 (English)
Berndt, Adele, Associate Professor
Melander, Anders, Associate Professor