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  1. Access to Capital for the Content IndustryMr Dick KwistINBIS Ltd LuxembourgFrankfurt Book Fair 18 October 2000

  2. Access to Capital for the Content Industry • Study Context • Funded by the European Commission DGXIII (INFSO) • Policy making workshops with industry • Dynamic changes in market

  3. Access to Capital for the Content IndustryResults • European VC: risk averse, more traditional and high tech oriented • Content: not the most prominent IT-sector for investors • Content firms: missing networks to improve investor contacts • Differences in business culture (VC/DC) • Strong regional differences in access to capital • Legislative differences within the European Union • Cultural differences within the European Union • Dominance of big players

  4. Access to Capital for the Content IndustryConclusions Digital Content Specific • No proven business models • Content is a soft good • Lack of entrepreneurship culture • Gap between supply of VS & demand for DV varies by country • Most relevant (different languages, consumer behaviour,..) • Difficulties in transforming into e-businesses

  5. Access to Capital for the Content IndustryConclusions Generic Issues • Missing focus on seed capital • VC don’t appreciate distinct nature of DC-businesses • Networking: essential for each business • Local and regional orientation of VC and BA • Team focus of investors • Potential of European BA is underused • Fragmented European market

  6. Access to Capital for the Content Industry

  7. Access to Capital for the Content IndustrySupply Of Start-up Capital in Europe by Country

  8. Access to Capital for the Content IndustryRecommendations Digital Content Specific • Improvement of quality of business models • Business networks for Digital Content • Benchmarking of good practice in member states • Support on IPR issues • Incubators and stimulating content industry spin-offs

  9. Access to Capital for the Content IndustryRecommendations Generic Issues • Improvement of ability of VC to form funding consortia • Making Digital Content sector prominent • Business networks for VC and BA • Training programe to improve entrepreneurial skills • ED co-financing and guarantees • Harmonisation is needed

  10. Access to Capital for the Content IndustryWhere to from here ? • Fifth Framework Programme for Research & Development • Linking Innovation Finance and Technology, LIFT • The Euro4You Project • The markets continue to be dynamic • Industry re-organisation is in process • Commission Programmes should be targeted to • creating new market segments • stimulating market activity