The evolution of entrepreneurial finance – 10 years after the global financial crisis [Editorial]

Mac an Bhaird, Ciarán, Owen, Robyn ORCID logoORCID: and Freel, Mark (2019) The evolution of entrepreneurial finance – 10 years after the global financial crisis [Editorial]. The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 20 (4) . pp. 235-238. ISSN 1465-7503 [Article] (doi:10.1177/1465750319877017)

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In the period following the global financial crisis, as banks and private equity investors withdrew from early stage entrepreneurial finance markets in the United Kingdom and developed economies (Mac an Bhaird, 2014; Wilson and Silver, 2013), there was a profusion in supply of alternative sources of early stage entrepreneurial finance (World Bank, 2013). These new financing options for firms partly alleviated the adverse effects of pro-cyclical provision of entrepreneurial finance (Mac an Bhaird et al., 2019). The large increase in provision of nontraditional sources of finance for the real economy was viewed as revolutionary (Harrison, 2013) and potentially transformative (Bruton et al., 2015), and its sustained use over more than a decade suggests that it is more than a passing fad.

The amount of finance procured from these sources has grown significantly in a very short time period and is estimated to surpass investment from traditional sources of funding in the near future (Barnett, 2015). These developments have significant implications in relation to the supply of, and demand for, entrepreneurial finance, including well-established issues which primarily stem from information asymmetries, such as agency, signalling, moral hazard and adverse selection. The emergence of new sources of alternative finance introduces additional concerns in relation to regulation, investor protection, ownership and governance, among other issues (Bruton et al., 2015). The significant increase in the supply and use of alternative sources of finance has been facilitated to a large extent by the expansion of the Internet and use of social media. The increase in supply of, and demand for, alternative sources of finance has been accompanied by a burgeoning literature on the subject, due primarily to the availability of data that are accessible from the online platforms and websites.

Over a decade has passed since the increased provision and use of alternative finance in its various forms and amounts, providing us with an opportunity to assess and analyse its adoption and to appraise how its provision may be improved for the benefit of investors and borrowers. At this juncture, we should have adequate evidence to increase the efficiency of provision from alternative sources, in order to improve the supply of finance in private debt and equity markets and to provide greater diversification and depth in financial markets.

The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation has been to the forefront in publishing innovative studies on topical issues at the nexus of entrepreneurship and innovation (e.g. Volume 19, Issue 1, ‘Green innovation – connecting governance, practices and outcomes’). This special issue continues in that tradition, publishing state-of-the-art studies on a variety of issues related to innovations in entrepreneurial finance. This special issue is significantly different from other journal special issues on this subject (e.g. Baldock and Mason, 2015; Harrison, 2015; Owen et al., 2019) in the range and breadth of issues investigated and analysed. The studies represent a broad geographic spread, including New Zealand, the United Kingdom, France, and the United States. A broad range of financing innovations are also considered, including blockchain, peer-to-peer (P2P) lending, equity-based crowdfunding and mobile payment systems. Each article provides a unique contribution to our knowledge of entrepreneurial finance, and a brief summary is provided in the following section. [...]

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Management of Technology and Innovation, Business and International Management
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research (CEEDR)
Item ID: 27662
Notes on copyright: Mac an Bhaird, C., Owen, R. & Freel, M., 2019. The evolution of entrepreneurial finance – 10 years after the global financial crisis. The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 20(4), pp.235–238. Copyright © 2019 The Author(s). DOI:
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