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An empirical analysis of crowdfunding in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • The challenge to obtain early-stage funding for small ventures is especially pronounced in Africa, where traditional funding sources are available only to a small extent. This lack, combined with the diffusion of mobile phones and internet access, enabled the unprecedented rise of mobile payments on a personal level in Africa in recent years. On a commercial level, ICT-enabled crowdfunding is given the potential to mitigate the early-stage funding gap for African entrepreneurs. Using exploratory research, the dissertation provides initial empirical evidence on crowdfunding in Sub-Saharan Africa. In particular, it is shown that African entrepreneurs across the continent can raise substantial amounts of money by tapping into the global funding community. Moreover, empirical evidence is provided, that the basic economic constructs, institutions and infrastructure appear to play a decisive role for African crowdfunding and that their effect size depends on the respective institutional setting.

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Document Type:Doctoral Thesis
Author:Alexander Hiller
Chairs and Professorships:Chair of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship
Full text/ URN:urn:nbn:de:bsz:14-qucosa2-163562
Year of Completion:2017
Leipzig: HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management, 2017 Leipzig, HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management, Dissertation, 2017