venture capital


Definition of venture capital

: capital (such as retained corporate earnings or individual savings) invested or available for investment in the ownership element of new or fresh enterprise

called also risk capital

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Other Words from venture capital

venture capitalism noun
venture capitalist noun

Examples of venture capital in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the first quarter of 2021, California’s share of venture capital funding was 48 percent, the study reported. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 July 2021 Several of the bigger spirits companies, Diageo, Pernod Ricard, have started internal venture capital funds to invest in promising startups among craft distillers. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 3 July 2021 It was valued at $460 million, had amassed $209 million in venture capital funding and Siminoff, at the time, was eyeing a potential initial public offering of stock. Los Angeles Times, 17 June 2021 SmartRent is establishing beachheads overseas partly by working with global investors in Fifth Wall’s venture capital funds, which include big residential owners in Europe and Asia. Peter Grant, WSJ, 22 Apr. 2021 IsoPlexis also drew early financing from InvestCT through one of its venture capital funds, Advantage Capital Partners, of $2.1 million. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, 29 Mar. 2021 On Tuesday, the company announced a $18.5 million early stage funding round lead by Israeli venture capital funds TLV Partners and Viola Ventures. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 16 Mar. 2021 Most venture capital funds are set up with a 10-year time horizon, Roberts explains. Scott Kirsner,, 3 Mar. 2021 The investments mainly came from venture capital funds. Carlos Mureithi, Quartz, 28 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of venture capital

1943, in the meaning defined above

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22 Jul 2021

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“Venture capital.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of venture capital

: money that is used to start a new business

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Legal Definition of venture capital

— see capital

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