Promoting Cross-Border Investing by Business Angels in the European Union

The supply of entrepreneurial finance in Europe is constrained by the geographical fragmentation of its capital market.
The need to facilitate more cross-border investing by business angels – the main source of early stage finance – is
recognized. A study of business angels on the island of Ireland identifies three constraints on cross-border investing: (1) lack of information on cross-border investment opportunities; (2) the preference of angels to invest locally; and (3) tax incentives that are only available for investments in the angel’s own country. Increasing cross-border investment requires mechanisms that build relationships between business angels in different countries.

Colin Mason, Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Tiago Botelho, Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
Joe Duggett, Director at SQW, Cambridge, UK

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