Business Angels in WA - Are they like Angels Everywhere?

TitleBusiness Angels in WA - Are they like Angels Everywhere?
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2003
Tertiary AuthorsCallahan, M, Mazzarol, T
Conference NameAnnual ANZAM Conference
PublisherAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management
Conference Location2-5 December, Fremantle Australia
KeywordsAustralia, business angels, entrepreneurs

This paper examines the motivations, decision-making processes and behaviours of business angels in Western Australia. Drawing on the findings from a series of in-depth interviews conducted with business angels who invest in early stage start-up companies, particularly in the technology sector, the paper compares the international profile of business angels with the reality of business angels in WA. Findings suggest that the Western Australian business angel community differs in important ways from other business angels found elsewhere in the world. In particular, WA lacks a depth of experienced technology entrepreneurs who have the time and capability to assist early stage companies to grow and penetrate international markets with their technologies.

Refereed DesignationRefereed