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Venture capital (VC).
Venture capital is financing provided by wealthy independent investors, banks, and partnerships to help new businesses get started, reach the next level of growth, or go public.
In return for the money they put up, also called risk capital, the investors may play a role in the company's management as well as receive some combination of equity, profits, or royalties.
Some venture capital also goes into bankrupt companies to help them turn around, or to companies that the management wants to take private by buying up all the outstanding shares.
venture capitalmoney subscribed in the form of SHARE CAPITAL and LOAN CAPITAL to finance new firms and activities which are considered to be of an especially risky nature and hence unable to attract finance from more conventional sources. There are a number of specialist institutions covering this sector of the capital market (see STOCK MARKET), including THREE I'S (formerly Investors in Industry) and the venture capital arms of the COMMERCIAL BANKS, INVESTMENT BANKS and MERCHANT BANKS.
Venture capital investors originally concentrated most of their funding on small start-up businesses offering innovative products, but recently a substantial proportion of their funds has been directed towards the less risky business of financing MANAGEMENT BUY-OUTS of established companies.
The British Venture Capital Association represents firms and institutions operating in this area.
venture capitalany SHARE CAPITAL or LOANS subscribed to a firm by financial specialists (for example, the venture-capital arms of the commercial banks), thus enabling the firm to undertake investment in processes and products that, because of their novelty, are rated as especially high-risk projects and, as such, would not normally attract conventional finance. In addition, in recent years venture capitalists have become increasingly involved in financing MANAGEMENT BUY-INS and MANAGEMENT BUYOUTS. See JUNK BOND, THREE I‘S.
A common name given to money raised for investment in high-risk enterprises. Venture capital firms may specialize by industry and/or by stage—seed money for start-ups, midstage firms on the brink of success but needing additional capital, or successful firms capable of expansion to a regional or nationwide platform. There is a National Venture Capital Association (www.nvca.org). Sometimes called angel investors.