The objective of this Learning Blog is to provide a brief look at a range of topics that relate to entrepreneurship. I will however be focusing primarily on high growth entrepreneurs and factors that influence new venture success. These short articles are intended to enable readers to gain a better understanding of the journey and the skills required by nascent and experienced entrepreneurs, from their initial business idea to their eventual exit. Hopefully readers will learn why some entrepreneurs manage to achieve a sizable return on their investment in time and money, and others don’t. Private and institutional investors might also be interested in understanding more about what they should pay closer attention to when selecting and nurturing their portfolio companies.

It’s clear from the number of books sold each year on highly successful entrepreneurs such as Richard Branson, Bill Gates, Alan Sugar, Anita Roddick, and numerous others, that there is a real fascination by the readers to understand more about them as a person, and the strategies that they have adopted to make them rich. Whilst most of these books make fascinating reading their content tends to be anecdotal and therefore somewhat difficult for wannabe entrepreneurs to successfully emulate.

My target audience is anyone interested in understanding more about creating high growth ventures and I will be drawing on the results of various academic studies carried out in this area. I therefore hope that my forthcoming articles will be of some value to not only Entrepreneurs, but also Business Angels, Venture Capitalists and Business Advisors. Anyone interestred in gaining a more indepth understanding of the subject could start by downloading my discussion paper Growth Entrepreneurship: Do we really understand the drivers of new venture success?

Although a great deal of academic research has been conducted into entrepreneurship over recent years, the results of these studies are not always readily available to the general public. Indeed academics are positively dissuaded from writing books on their research findings, particularly if these books were written in a style that could be found at a typical ‘Heathrow Library’ [1]. This is particularly so in America where it is very important for young academics to gain tenure at their university of choice.

Dr John Cavill

[1] A term used by some academics to distinguish between the content and style of business books generally available at airport bookshops and academic journals only available on limited circulation.