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Funds flowing into a company, generally during pre-IPO process, in the form of an investment rather than a loan. Controlled by an individual or small group known as venture capitalists, these investments require a high rate of return and are secured by a substantial ownership position in the business.
Venture capitalists (VCs) represent the most glamorous and appealing form of financing to many entrepreneurs. They’re known for backing high-growth companies in the early stages, and many of the best-known entrepreneurial success stories owe their growth to financing from venture capitalists. VCs can provide large sums of money, advice and prestige by their mere presence. Just the fact that you’ve obtained venture capital backing means your business has, in venture capitalists’ eyes, at least, considerable potential for rapid and profitable growth.
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