A Note on Financing Entrepreneurial Ventures in Developing Economies

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Stephen Ciesinski, Steven Truong, Jason Luther, Howie Rosen
Stanford Graduate School of Business ()

In recent years, the world has witnessed a growing wave of entrepreneurial initiatives in developing countries. CB Insights reports that in March 2020, developing countries produced 160 unicorns, which is 35 percent of all unicorns in the world. Much of the success of these unicorns comes from the fact that entrepreneurs have increasing access to finance. However, our study found that access to finance varied significantly in developing countries and was a key challenge for entrepreneurs in most of these economies. Differences in legal structures, operating conditions, talent pools, and available sources of capital created myriad conditions for entrepreneurs to navigate their search for financing to build and scale their businesses.

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