The role of the exit in the initial screening of investment opportunities: the case of business angel syndicate gatekeepers

Mason, C. and Botelho, T. (2016) The role of the exit in the initial screening of investment opportunities: the case of business angel syndicate gatekeepers. International Small Business Journal, 34(2), pp. 157-175. (doi:10.1177/0266242614563419)

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Abstract

The exit process has been largely ignored in business angel research yet, the practitioner community identifies the difficulty in achieving exits as the most pressing problem for investors. This is attributed to the failure of investors to adopt an exit-centric approach to investing. This article explores the validity of this claim analysing the investment approach of 21 ‘gatekeepers’ (managers) of angel groups in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Most gatekeepers state that they do consider the exit decision when investing. However, this is contradicted by a verbal protocol analysis which indicates that exit is not a significant consideration in the initial screening process. The small number of exits achieved by the groups is consistent with the general lack of an exit-centric approach to investinging. This lack of scrutiny upon the exit is likely to have a negative impact on the level of future angel investment activity.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mason, Professor Colin
Authors: Mason, C., and Botelho, T.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:International Small Business Journal
Publisher:SAGE
ISSN:0266-2426
ISSN (Online):1741-2870
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 SAGE
First Published:First published in International Small Business Journal 34(2):157-175
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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