Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/114701
Authors: 
Kelly, Peter
Hay, Michael
Year of Publication: 
1996
Citation: 
[Journal:] Journal of Entrepreneurial and Small Business Finance [ISSN:] 1057-2287 [Volume:] 5 [Year:] 1996 [Issue:] 2 [Pages:] 159-174
Abstract: 
This study examines the early stage investment activity of UK serial investors, individuals who have made at least three private investments. Two distinct groups emerged; one which invested on their own all the time ("solo serial investors") and the other which invested with others almost exclusively ("syndicate serial investors"). Both groups had invested in a variety of industrial sectors, a majority of which were in sectors where no one in the investor group had previous direct experience. Concept familiarity appeared to be a necessary, albeit insufficient, prerequisite to the decision to invest. For a majority of the investments reviewed for both groups, the investor(s) backed individuals personally known to them, to another syndicate member, and/or to the deal referrer. When the linkage to performance is explored, both solo and syndicate serial investors are well advised to back entrepreneurs known to a least one member of the investor group.
Subjects: 
Serial Investors
Early Stage Finance
JEL: 
G24
M13
G31
Document Type: 
Article

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