Småföretagarnas Bootstrapping
: en kvantitativ studie om hur småföretagens bootstrappinganvändning förklaras utifrån företagens livscykel

  • Anton Karlsson
  • Pontus Nilsson

    Student thesis: Bachelor


    During the first month of 2017 the unemployment in Sweden amounted to 7,3 percent. An important factor for reducing unemployment is entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship is an important part of the development of small businesses. Small businesses account for a significant part of Sweden's employment, but suffer from low survival rates. To increase the likelihood of survival, many small businesses use different type of bootstrapping methods. The aim of Financial bootstrapping is to find solutions for resource needs and can therefore be seen as an alternative to external funding. The conditions for using Financial bootstrapping methods vary according to the business lifecycle. The purpose of this essay is to explain witch bootstrapping methods Swedish small businesses are using based on the business lifecycle. In order to achieve the purpose of the study and to create a general view of the research area, the study has been conducted which a quantitative research approach through a positivist research philosophy. The study examined 115 small businesses in Sweden by a survey. By examining theories about small business capital structure and resource needs, a foundation was created for designing the studies main and under hypothesis regarding financial bootstrapping and the business lifecycle. The main result of the study is that the use of financial bootstrapping methods is changing throughout the business lifecycle. The study can also demonstrate that some bootstrapping methods are used more relative to others in their respective lifecycle stages.

    Date of Award2017-Jun-21
    Original languageSwedish
    SupervisorSven-Olof Yrjö Collin (Supervisor) & Timurs Umans (Examiner)

    Educational program

    • Degree of Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics

    Courses and Subjects

    • Banking and financing

    University credits

    • 15 HE credits

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Business Administration (50202)


    • financial bootstrapping
    • business lifecycle
    • small business capital structure
    • small business resource needs

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