Implementing Venture Capital Policies in Europe Requires more than a Casual Look at Silicon Valley

Much of the literature on venture capital (VC) policies is inspired by the success of a handful highly visible companies such as Microsoft, Compaq, Intel, Google, and Apple. These companies, nowadays, are huge and extremely powerful, but at some point in their development they had to resort to VC. These companies are, of course, the envy of many countries – who wouldn’t want to have such firms flourishing in his or her country?

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Venture Capital Policies in the Netherlands: Lessons from the Literature and Benchmark Countries

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In recent months I have been on an internship with the Dutch Ministry of Finance in order to write my Master’s Thesis for the MSc in Finance. Two weeks ago I graduated from Tilburg University based on the research I did at the Ministry. The Dutch Venture Capital Association (the NVP) even published my work (here’s a PDF).

Working at the Ministry of Finance in the Hague was a very pleasant and rewarding experience, despite the lengthy daily train journeys. I worked in a directorate with young people, who helped me enormously with my research. I have been there for over 4 fulltime months. At the beginning I had no real clue about venture capitalism aside from a general understanding of its mechanisms, let alone about public policies that optimally support venture capital investments.

 

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Reminiscing and Buying Books at Tilburg University

Today I hung around at the Tilburg University campus, since I had planned to meet three professors for my graduation research. The professors were not available, or at least not immediately, so I wandered around a bit on the lovely campus, situated on the western outskirts of Tilburg. The campus is almost part of the adjacent park the “Oude Warande“, which was designed already in 1712. I enjoyed the natural surroundings with its last autumnal shades, almost letting the bright sunshine and cloudless sky fool me to believe that winter is not on our doorstep. Continue reading