While startups play a key role for economic growth, innovation and productivity growth in a modern international economy, the dynamics of the underlying market are ever-changing, and also a major topic of interest for both the industry and the policy makers. This gives rise to economic policy initiatives and a highly dynamic market featuring startups which have achieved unicorn-level valuations.
The capital market for SMEs and start-ups consists of several segments, ranging from SME lending and crowdfunding to business angels and venture capital markets.
Japan's position within this market is unique, with substantial room to grow. While Japan's macroeconomy and financial market both occupy third-place positions in the world, Japan's venture capital markets, SME lending markets, and crowdfunding markets are comparable to those of an EU market, in size and makeup, but with substantial business-cycle stability.
Furthermore, Japan's venture capital landscape provides a key advantage to the international entrepreneur and start-up. The active investor-participation of Japan's corporates, who are eager to expandand diversifyare able to bring their networks and financial resources to bear, while both national and local-level governments have value-adding policy initiatives.
About the Expert
Max Berre is an economist with years of Japan-related experience. He has expertise in practical methodology related to the financial markets and tax and finance regulatory environments.
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