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Investment collection by immigrants: A case study in the Netherlands

Lobeek, Roel (2019) Investment collection by immigrants: A case study in the Netherlands.

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Abstract:Several types of research show that getting external finance is a major obstacle, especially for immigrant entrepreneurs. According to literature, three variables could cause difficulties, namely: cultural differences, language barriers, and discrimination. The explanatory study aims to gain more insight into the difficulties for an immigrant entrepreneur during the investment process, by answering the following explorative research question: How does being non-Dutch affect the difficulty of getting an investment, for starting entrepreneurs in the Netherlands? To answer this question, four interviews were conducted; two interviews with immigrant entrepreneurs and two interviews with people who are ‘in the middle’ of the investment process and have much experience with immigrant entrepreneurs. In line with the existing literature, this study found that in some cases, it could be harder to collect investment. In the case of the Netherlands, especially cultural differences and a language barrier, play a role, while prejudicial discrimination seems to be minimal. Based on these findings, several new research directions are provided. The study contributed to the existing literature by adding new perspectives on these difficulties and elaborated on why these variables could form a barrier. While practically, the study contributes to an equal investment market.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:83 economics
Programme:International Business Administration BSc (50952)
Keywords:Immigrant entrepreneur, Investment, Discrimination, Cultural differences, Language barriers, Start-ups
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