Alexander P. Groh
and Heinrich Liectenstein
Alexander P. Groh: IESE Business School, Postal: Research Division, Av Pearson 21, 08034 Barcelona, SPAIN
Heinrich Liectenstein: IESE Business School, Postal: Research Division, Av Pearson 21, 08034 Barcelona, SPAIN
Abstract: We contribute to the knowledge about the capital flow from institutional investors, via Venture Capital (VC) funds as intermediaries, to their final destination, entrepreneurial ventures. Therefore, we run a world-wide survey among 1,079 institutional investors to determine the importance of several criteria when they select VC funds. The expected deal flow and access to transactions, a VC fund's historic track record, its local market experience, the match of the experience of team members with the proposed investment strategy, the team's reputation, and the mechanisms proposed to align interest between the institutional investors and the VC funds are the top criteria. The level of fees payable to the funds is not an important selection criterion. The VC relationship is based on a complex structure of (several) principals and agents, and is functional only if the interests of all participants are aligned. Fees are an important element of this alignment. Overall, the sorting criteria of institutional investors are very similar to what we know about the criteria applied by VC funds themselves, when selecting entrepreneurial ventures: the institutions have to mitigate the same kind of agency conflicts that VC funds and entrepreneurs are exposed to.
29 pages, May 17, 2009
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