Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/20012
Authors: 
Engel, Dirk
Keilbach, Max
Year of Publication: 
2005
Series/Report no.: 
Papers on entrepreneurship, growth and public policy 2205
Abstract: 
The paper analyses the impact of venture capital finance on growth and innovation activities of young German firms. Among other variables, our panel of firm data includes data on venture capital funding and patent applications. With statistical matching procedures we draw an adequate control group of non­venture funded but otherwise comparable firms. The analysis confirms other findings that venture funded firms in Germany have higher number of patent applications than those in the control group. However, they do so already before the venture capitalists engagement. After this engagement, the number of patent applications does not differ significantly from that of the control group, however the venture funded firms display significantly larger growthrates. We conclude that the higher innovation output of venture funded firms is mainly driven by the selection process made by the venture capitalist.
Subjects: 
Firm Demography
Firm Start-Ups
Firm Growth
Venture Capital
Patented Innovations
Microeconomic Evaluation Methods
JEL: 
C33
C14
D92
D21
L21
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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