The nexus between entrepreneurship theory and venture capital financing decisions in South Africa
Buluma, Violet S'phiwe
This explorative study examines the decision making criteria at the screening stage by venture capital firms in South Africa. The study also probes into the decision making criteria on the personality side and whether that has any association with the “big five” characteristics. A threesection questionnaire including both Likert style type (decision making and short version of big five) and nominal questions was sent to venture capital firms. Logistic regression as well as correlation analysis was run on the data. The findings were that individual attributes (entrepreneurs’ characteristics and experience) environment, industry and macro economic environment (characteristics of product and services, characteristics of the market and financial considerations) are all positively related to venture capital firms’ decision to grant finance to an entrepreneur. Findings on the big five characteristics are that only openness to experience, consientiousness and extrarversion were seen as critical considerations by venture capital firms, but not agreeableness and emotional stability characteristics. The study findings are beneficial for entrepreneurs and venture capital firms.
Thesis (M.M. (Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation))--University of the Witwatersrand, Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management, Wits Business School, 2017.
Buluma, Violet S'phiwe (2017) The nexus between entrepreneurship theory and venture capital financing decisions in South Africa, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, <http://hdl.handle.net/10539/23214>