Cuadernos de Administración
versión impresa ISSN 0120-3592
BARONA ZULUAGA, Bernardo; GOMEZ MEJIA, Alina y TORRES SALAZAR, Julián Humberto. Financing new businesses in Colombia: Experiences and opinions gathered from a sample of bank managers. Cuad. Adm. [online]. 2006, vol.19, n.32, pp. 45-70. ISSN 0120-3592.
This paper seeks to contribute to understanding the role that banks play in financing new businesses, based on a survey made with bank managers in Bogotá, Medellín, Cali, and Barranquilla (Colombia). The main theoretical reference is the strategic risk capital investors model developed by Hellmann (2002) and by Hellmann, Lindsey, and Puri (2003). The authors also explore the validity of the SMB financing model by Berger and Udell (1998) and analyze the bank managers' opinions on the effect of financial resource availability on new businesses that have experienced the entry of foreign banks and the mergers of some credit institutions in recent years. The main findings are (a) that commercial banking seems to have been participating in risk capital investment in young businesses, mainly for the purpose of attracting clients to later offer them short-term loans; (b) that Berger and Udell's financing model appears to adjust well to the reality of young businesses, and (c) that most of the managers surveyed believe that commercial banking should play a more important role in the risk capital market.
Palabras llave : Banking; strategy; finance; risk capital; small businesses.