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

Other Words from venture capital

venture capitalism noun
venture capitalist noun

Examples of venture capital in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many venture capital deals are less than $10M in Series A rounds, though subsequent funding rounds can be much larger. Bernhard Schroeder, Forbes, 17 Aug. 2022 Here are some recent venture capital deals for San Diego life sciences companies. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Mar. 2022 In 2021—a record year for startup fundraising—the value of U.S. venture capital deals involving corporate investors jumped 88% from 2020 to $144.7 billion, according to financial data provider PitchBook Data Inc. Kristin Broughton, WSJ, 14 Feb. 2022 Family offices made up 4.2 percent of the roughly 23,000 venture capital deals worldwide this year through Aug. 31, more than double their share a decade ago, the two firms said in an investment report Thursday., 8 Oct. 2021 As investors hunt for the next unicorn, Austin lagged behind seven other regions for venture capital deals in 2020. Roland Li, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 July 2021 Venktesh Shukla, the founder of a venture capital fund based in California, according to his Linkedin profile, started a petition for the diamond to be sent back to India. Jane Onyanga-omara, USA TODAY, 16 Sep. 2022 Mayvenn hair is also backed by Serena Ventures, Serena Williams's venture capital fund. Danielle James, Good Housekeeping, 12 Sep. 2022 Tingle is managing partner at Harlem Capital, a venture capital fund that focuses on investing in diverse founders. Jason Oppenheim, WSJ, 23 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of venture capital

1943, in the meaning defined above

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“Venture capital.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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— see capital

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