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Crowdfunding in Dutch Small and Medium Enterprises: An empirical analysis of factors influencing the intention to invest in a crowdfunding initiative

Reimink, M.B.G. (2014) Crowdfunding in Dutch Small and Medium Enterprises: An empirical analysis of factors influencing the intention to invest in a crowdfunding initiative.

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Abstract:Small and Medium Enterprises face difficulties in getting financial help. More recently some entrepreneurs try to use the internet to seek financial help from the general public (“the crowd”). This initiative is called crowdfunding and is “an open call, essentially through the Internet, for the provision of financial resources either in form of donation or in exchange for some form of reward and/or voting rights in order to support initiatives for specific purposes” (Schwienbacher & Larralde, 2010). This study contributes to the emerging stream of research on crowdfunding by exploring crowdfunding in Dutch SMEs with an empirical analysis of factors influencing the intention to invest in a crowdfunding initiative. Future crowdfunding projects can take these factors into account and hopefully be more successful in their initiatives. Overall, the intention to invest will be higher if an entrepreneur who wants to make use of crowdfunding takes the factors quality of the project, network involvement, trust and shared values into account when starting an initiative.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/65168
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