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Young Firms & Promoting Innovative Growth

Mark Marich

Young firms and their ability to raise capital will be the focus of a discussion in Washington next week at the Brookings Institution.

Despite the fact that young companies have been shown to be a crucial driver of employment growth and innovation in the American economy, they have struggled to raise capital in recent years. As noted here in PDE relatively recently, venture capital funding continues to fluctuate as many smaller growth equity funds have struggled to raise capital as large institutions concentrate their funding into fewer funds. Meanwhile, the path from private to public ownership has become more daunting. In response to these circumstances, Congress—in a rare display of bipartisanship—enacted the JOBS Act, which relaxes the barriers that small firms face when going public and facilitates the raising of capital through “crowdfunding.” But it remains to be seen the extent to which these policies will ease the financing challenges facing high-potential firms.

Organized by Economic Studies at Brookings and the Private Capital Research Institute, Promoting Innovative Growth: Venture Capital, Growth Equity and IPOs is scheduled for December 3, 2012 and includes discussions on: the financing choices of young firms, growth equity, the IPO market, sources of capital for funds and crowdfunding. Congressman Jim Hines (D-CT), a member of the House Committee on Financial Services, is slated to deliver the closing address.

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