Oxford Research has been assigned to map the venture capital structures in Region Norrbotten.

As part of the Norrbotten Region’s work to coordinate and lead the regional business development, an evaluation has been commissioned to enhance the understanding of whether the demand and supply of capital for financing small and medium-sized enterprises’ investments, growth and development balance or not in Norrbotten.

The mapping aims to answer the following questions:

  • What does the supply of capital for financing small and medium-sized enterprises in the region look like, distributed among different types of financial actors and different types of capital?
  • What does the demand for capital for financing small and medium-sized enterprises in the region look like, distributed among e.g. industries, company size and different phases of corporate development?
  • Is there a financing gap that justifies public efforts beyond those already implemented?
  • What direction and scope would any investment promotion measures in the region have in that case?
  • What is the need for support from a regional level? And how should support efforts be designed?

To answer the above-stated questions, Oxford Research will conduct a threefold analysis, which consists of a supply analysis, a demand analysis and a system analysis. Desk-research, short phone interviews, in-depth interviews, workshops and mini-surveys make up the data collection methods of the assignment.

A final report will be delivered in August 2019.