Title: A preliminary assessment of external support policy to new Japanese founders

Authors: Tatsuyoshi Masuda

Addresses: Department of Economics, Hokusei Gakuen University, 2-3-1 Oyachi Nishi Atsubetuku Sapporo, Hokkaido 004-8631, Japan

Abstract: We examine whether the new Japanese founder|s economic performance is positively related to the use of external support agencies. The empirical evidence shows that new founders who have prior related business experience and are provided the financial assistance by public agencies and Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) managers at the time of start-up achieve higher sales than those who are not so. This finding suggests that the new founder does not succeed by the assistance of merely a fund. When offering the fund to the new founder, it is necessary for external supporters to enquire about his or her prior related business experience closely.

Keywords: external support agencies; economic performance; new Japanese founders; prior business experiences; financial assistance; small and medium enterprises; SMEs; business start-ups; Japan; entrepreneurship.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBG.2007.015408

International Journal of Business and Globalisation, 2007 Vol.1 No.4, pp.502 - 521

Published online: 15 Oct 2007 *

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