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Are vegans generous? An exploration of the success factors of vegan crowdfunding projects

Anastasia Giakoumelou (Department of Management, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Venice, Italy)
Nicola Raimo (Department of Management, Finance and Technology, LUM University, Casamassima, Italy)
Felice Petruzzella (Department of Business Sciences, Giustino Fortunato Telematic University, Benevento, Italy)
Filippo Vitolla (Department of Management, Finance and Technology, LUM University, Casamassima, Italy)

British Food Journal

ISSN: 0007-070X

Article publication date: 12 January 2023

Issue publication date: 30 May 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

Crowdfunding is a relatively new alternative method of raising capital for new ventures. In recent years, crowdfunding has also gained prominence within the food industry. On the basis of signaling theory, this study aims to analyze the success factors of vegan crowdfunding campaigns, which remains unexplored in academia.

Design/methodology/approach

This study employs a logistic regression analysis on a sample of 200 vegan crowdfunding campaigns launched in Europe between 2014 and 2021 on the popular crowdfunding platform Kickstarter.

Findings

The results show that the number of images, comments and updates as well as the readability of project descriptions positively impact the success rate of vegan crowdfunding campaigns. Furthermore, the length of the project description has a negative effect, whereas the number of videos has no bearing on the success of vegan crowdfunding campaigns.

Originality/value

To the best of the authors' knowledge, this study pioneers examining the success factors of vegan crowdfunding campaigns. This study enriches the literature in several ways. First, this study contributes to an open debate on the success factors of crowdfunding. Second, this study provides knowledge about the factors that can favor the success of vegan initiatives. Third, this study confirms the usefulness of signaling theory as a theoretical framework for understanding vegan crowdfunding.

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Citation

Giakoumelou, A., Raimo, N., Petruzzella, F. and Vitolla, F. (2023), "Are vegans generous? An exploration of the success factors of vegan crowdfunding projects", British Food Journal, Vol. 125 No. 7, pp. 2704-2720. https://doi.org/10.1108/BFJ-08-2022-0685

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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