Fin vs. tech: are trust and knowledge creation key ingredients in fintech start-up emergence and financing?

Theodor Cojoianu*, Gordon Clark, Andreas Hoepner, Vladimir Pažitka, Dariusz Wójcik

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Abstract

We investigate how the emergence of fintech start-ups and their financing is shaped by regional knowledge creation and lack of trust in financial services incumbents across 21 OECD countries, 226 regions and over the 2007–2014 period. We find that knowledge generated in the IT sector is much more salient for fostering new fintech start-ups than knowledge generated in the financial services sector. Additionally, the importance of new knowledge created in the financial services sector (IT sector) increases (decreases) as fintech start-ups grow and seek financing. When the level of trust in financial services incumbents falls within a region, this is followed by an increase in the financing provided to fintech start-ups. Nevertheless, regions with historically low average levels of trust in financial services incumbents attract less fintech investment overall.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSmall Business Economics
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jun 2020

Keywords

  • Fintech . Entrepreneurship . Knowledge spillovers. Trust . Venture capital . Innovation

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