Special Issue "Sustainable Venture Capital and Social Impact Investment Management"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 March 2021).
Interests: venture capital; social impact finance; entrepreneurship; entrepreneurial finance
With this Special Issue, we aim to stimulate and collect state-of-the-art research on emerging practices in social impact investing (SII) and venture capital (VC) financing in order to develop sustainable businesses (Bocken, 2015; Bürer and Wüstenhagen, 2008). New ventures are often regarded as an answer to the many social and environmental problems affecting the current world (Bocken, 2015; Hall et al., 2010; Pacheco et al., 2010). SII is nowadays regarded as a new way to allocate capital to projects that combine a measurable social and environmental impact with economic sustainability, while at the same time providing financial returns (Calderini et al., 2018; Clarkin and Cangioni, 2015; Oleksiak et al., 2015). SII investments can be realized by means of VC funds, debt, or other innovative instruments (e.g., social impact bonds; Höchstädter and Scheck, 2015).
Notwithstanding the recent policy and media attention towards social impact investing (The Economist, 2017; Zingales, 2018), the phenomenon has been widely discussed mainly by practitioners, resulting into storytelling and anecdotal narratives (Daggers and Nicholls, 2016; Hazenberg et al., 2014). Recently, the academic field has started to show interest in the topic, but an overall understanding of the phenomenon is still limited and fragmented. Thus, there is sufficient room to investigate whether, how, when, and under which conditions SII and VC financing act as important catalysts to develop sustainable new businesses, thus contributing positively to the environment and society, while generating a financial return.
This Special Issue welcomes general and specific contributions that examine the peculiarities, evolution, and impact of SII and VC financial instruments aimed at nurturing entrepreneurship for sustainable products and processes. Special attention will be given to those contributions that consider trade-offs and/or integration between different aspects that affect SII and VC finance towards sustainability.
Prof. Elisa Ughetto
Prof. Laura Toschi
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- venture capital
- social impact investing