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Financing High-Growth Firms

The Role of Angel Investors

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This report covers seed stage financing for high growth companies in OECD and non-OECD countries with a primary focus on angel investment. The paper provides an overview of angel financing, including a description of how it has evolved in OECD and non-OECD countries and policy interventions taken within some countries.

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Executive summary

Access to finance for new and innovative small firms involves both debt and equity finance. Even before the recent financial crisis, banks were reluctant to lend to small, young firms due to their perceived riskiness and lack of collateral. The financial crisis widened the existing gap at the seed and early stage with bank lending to falling start-ups and venture capital firms moving to later investment stages where risks are lower.

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