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 Directing more venture capital to tech startups led by women, to put it another way, won’t do much to help the millions of other women who make poverty wages, particularly in the wake of the pandemic’s mass layoffs. J.c. Pan, The New Republic, "The Wildly Unequal “Shecession”," 7 Aug. 2020 But venture capital investors’ stakes are in ByteDance as a whole, not in TikTok, so there hasn’t been a clear valuation for a standalone TikTok. Shelly Banjo, Fortune, "A big wrinkle in a Microsoft-ByteDance deal: Deciding how much TikTok is worth," 5 Aug. 2020 San Diego startups raised a record amount of venture capital during the second quarter, led by biotech/life science companies which seem immune to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego startups pull in a record $1.26B in second quarter despite COVID-19," 4 Aug. 2020 Toyota has poured $200 million into a venture capital arm dubbed Toyota AI Ventures. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, "The non-tech companies snapping up PhDs from America’s elite AI programs," 3 Aug. 2020 Lyons passed her resume to angel investor Serena Williams, who was hiring for her venture capital firm, Serena Ventures. Jenna Birch, Marie Claire, "How I Got Serena Williams to Hire Me," 13 July 2020 The looser restrictions approved on Thursday will allow banks to more easily make investments in various areas of venture capital. Washington Post, "Federal banking agencies ease Volcker Rule restrictions," 25 June 2020 Food delivery apps, which connect drivers, restaurants and customers, have grown quickly in recent years, fueled by venture capital and armies of contract workers. Mike Isaac And Erin Griffith,, "Uber to purchase Postmates for $2.65 billion," 5 July 2020 Between 2014 and 2019, 44% of venture capital deals recorded in African tech ecosystems included participation from at least one impact investor, data from Africa Private Equity and Venture Capital Association show. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "African venture funding is expected to slow but impact investors are boosting health and agri-tech startups," 26 June 2020

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First Known Use of venture capital

1943, in the meaning defined above

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14 Aug 2020

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“Venture capital.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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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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