Traits and performance of the minority venture-capital industry


Journal Article

This study analyzes the performance of investments made by venture-capital (VC) funds that specialize in financing minority business enterprises (MBEs). Existing studies document that MBEs have less access to financing-equity as well as debt-than similarly situated firms owned by nonminority whites. The apparent existence of a discriminatory financing environment creates an underserved market and, hence, attractive opportunities are available to firms capable of identifying and serving MBE financing needs. Analyzing cash-flow data on VC investments, we find that the minority-oriented funds earned yields on their realized equity investments that were slightly higher than the returns reported by mainstream VC funds. Considering differences in methodologies used to generate rate-of-return data for the MBE-as opposed to the nonminority-oriented funds-we conclude that the minority VC funds are earning yields on their realized investments that are at least equivalent to those of the broader VC industry.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Bates, T; Bradford, W

Published Date

  • September 1, 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 612 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 95 - 107

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-3349

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0002-7162

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/0002716207303580

Citation Source

  • Scopus