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significant institutions. They are conducted by both retail and investment banks, and many of those banks are large national or international entities. Many of those operations are general banking activities such as deposit taking, lending and e-banking. Others, however, are more specifically tailored to their corporate clients‟ needs. And while the specifics of those corporate bank operations vary with each bank, but all have certain common features. International Transactions Banks can facilitate foreign exchange transactions and provide trade financing. They can also work to protect their customers by mitigating the impact of currency and price fluctuations. Investment Banking Bad credit car loans will generally cost borrowers more in interest than other types of financing available. If keeping costs down as much as possible is the plan, seeking out reasonably priced vehicles is not a bad idea. This, however, does not mean that new cars need to be removed from the picture entirely. Sometimes purchase incentives make new cars the wiser and even “cheaper” purchase on a monthly basis than used. Project Financing Banks offer loans for large-scale projects, particularly infrastructure projects. Those loans are repaid based on the revenue the project winds up generating. If the project is deemed particularly risky, a group of banks can agree to lend the client portions of the required loan. That way, if the risk doesn‟t pay off, the fallout is reduced for every bank involved. Insurance Banks offer insurance to their large-scale clients. The insurance can cover corporate activities, as well as staff and management. Advisory Services Banks offer financial advice for an assortment of corporate and financial activities. That includes: Mergers and acquisitions Asset management Taxation issues, such as using tax havens.
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Warburg & Co.M. Venture capital is a subset of private equity. software. like finance. such as biotechnology. The venture capital fund makes money by owning equity in the companies it invests in. Venture capital is also associated with job creation (accounting for 2% of US GDP). History A venture may be defined as a project prospective of converted into a process with an adequate assumed risk and investment. high-potential. growth startup companies. such as an IPO or trade sale of the company. IT. with investments in both leveraged buyouts and venture capital. the knowledge economy. there are nearly 2 million businesses created in the USA. in 1938. It is also a way in which public and private actors can construct an institution that systematically creates networks for the new firms and industries. venture capitalists usually get significant control over company decisions. knowhows of marketing and business models.Venture capital Venture capital (VC) is financial capital provided to early-stage. all venture capital is private equity. Once integrated. The typical venture capital investment occurs after the seed funding round as growth funding round (also referred to as Series A round) in the interest of generating a return through an eventual realization event. Warburg founded E. and used as a proxy measure of innovation within an economic sector or geography. In exchange for the high risk that venture capitalists assume by investing in smaller and less mature companies. etc. and 600–800 get venture capital funding. these enterprises succeed by becoming nodes in the search networks for designing and building products in their domain. Rockefellers. Laurance S. According to the National Venture Capital Association. venture capital is attractive for new companies with limited operating history that are too small to raise capital in the public markets and have not reached the point where they are able to secure a bank loan or complete a debt offering. and the Rockefeller family had vast holdings in a variety of companies. in addition to a significant portion of the company's ownership (and consequently value). which usually have a novel technology or business model in high technology industries. . and Warburgs were notable investors in private companies in the first half of the century. In addition to angel investing and other seed funding options. The Vanderbilts. but not all private equity is venture capital. Eric M. which would ultimately become Warburg Pincus. private equity in the first half of the 20th century was the domain of wealthy individuals and families. high risk. so that they can progress. Whitneys. This institution helps in identifying and combining pieces of companies. technical expertise. With few exceptions. In 1938. 11% of private sector jobs come from venture backed companies and venture backed revenue accounts for 21% of US GDP. Every year. Therefore. Rockefeller helped finance the creation of both Eastern Air Lines and Douglas Aircraft.
founding Pioneer Pictures in 1933 and acquiring a 15% interest in Technicolor Corporation with his cousin Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney. The company developed an innovative method for delivering nutrition to American soldiers. money orders (originally known as "development capital") were primarily the domain of wealthy individuals and families. ARDC was founded by Georges Doriot. ARDC continued investing until 1971 with the retirement of Doriot. the predecessor of Flagship Ventures (founded in 1982 by James Morgan). Doriot merged ARDC with Textron after having invested in over 150 companies. ARDC's significance was primarily that it was the first institutional private equity investment firm that raised capital from sources other than wealthy families although it had several notable investment successes as well.H. Former employees of ARDC went on and established several prominent venture capital firms including Greylock Partners (founded in 1965 by Charlie Waite and Bill Elfers) and Morgan. Holland Ventures.Origins of modern private equity Before World War II. with Ralph Flanders and Karl Compton (former president of MIT). Whitney & Company.H. which later came to be known as Minute Maid orange juice and was sold to The Coca-Cola Company in 1960. Whitney had been investing since the 1930s.000 in Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) would be valued at over $355 million after the company's initial public offering in 1968 (representing a return of over 1200 times on its investment and an annualized rate of return of 101%). In 1972. the "father of venture capitalism" (former dean of Harvard Business School and founder of INSEAD). Whitney & Company was founded by John Hay Whitney and his partner Benno Schmidt. By far Whitney's most famous investment was in Florida Foods Corporation.H. It was not until after World War II that what is considered today to be true private equity investments began to emerge marked by the founding of the first two venture capital firms in 1946: American Research and Development Corporation. J. to encourage private sector investments in businesses run by soldiers who were returning from World War II. (ARDC) and J. ARDC is credited with the first trick when its 1957 investment of $70. Whitney & Company continues to make investments in leveraged buyout transactions and raised $750 million for its sixth institutional private equity fund in 2005. Early venture capital and the growth of Silicon Valley . J.
Rockefeller. An early West Coast venture capital company was Draper and Johnson Investment Company. put up the capital.A highway exit for Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park. Johnson. also emerged with limited partners paying an annual management fee of 1. funded in 1959 by what would later become Venrock Associates. Small Business Administration (SBA) to license private "Small Business Investment Companies" (SBICs) to help the financing and management of the small entrepreneurial businesses in the United States. and Pitch Johnson formed Asset Management Company at that time. The 1958 Act officially allowed the U. . During the 1960s and 1970s. who were passive limited partners.S. Rockefeller's six children as a way to allow other Rockefeller children to develop exposure to venture capital investments. Private equity firms organized limited partnerships to hold investments in which the investment professionals served as general partner and the investors. venture capital firms focused their investment activity primarily on starting and expanding companies. It was also in the 1960s that the common form of private equity fund. Bill Draper and Paul Wythes were the founders . still in use today. formed in 1962 by William Henry Draper III and Franklin P. Venrock was founded in 1969 by Laurance S. Sutter Hill Ventures acquired the portfolio of Draper and Johnson as a founding action. Jr. venture capital came to be almost synonymous with technology finance. the fourth of John D. medical. In 1965.5% and a carried interest typically representing up to 20% of the profits of the partnership. The compensation structure. California. More often than not. As a result. or data-processing technology. these companies were exploiting breakthroughs in electronic. It is commonly noted that the first venture-backed startup is Fairchild Semiconductor (which produced the first commercially practical integrated circuit). still in use today. where many Bay Area venture capital firms are based One of the first steps toward a professionally-managed venture capital industry was the passage of the Small Business Investment Act of 1958.0–2. emerged.
Digital Equipment Corporation.. when the stock market crashed and investors were naturally wary of this new kind of investment fund.H. The NVCA was to serve as the industry trade group for the venture capital industry. Throughout the 1970s. focused primarily on venture capital investments. The growth of the industry was hampered by sharply declining returns.. Venture capital firms suffered a temporary downturn in 1974. Located in Menlo Park. Kleiner Perkins. there were over 650 firms by the end of the 1980s. Whitney & Company and Warburg Pincus began to transition toward leveraged buyouts and growth capital investments." thus allowing corporate pension funds to invest in the asset class and providing a major source of capital available to venture capitalists. beginning with Kleiner. the US Labor Department relaxed certain of the ERISA restrictions. each searching for the next major "home run". began shifting their focus from funding early stage companies toward investments in more mature companies. 1980s The public successes of the venture capital industry in the 1970s and early 1980s (e. With the passage of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) in 1974. several other factors impacted returns. particularly from Japan and Korea. Perkins. The market for initial public offerings cooled in the mid1980s before collapsing after the stock market crash in 1987 and foreign corporations. leading venture capitalists formed the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). In addition to the increased competition among firms. From just a few dozen firms at the start of the decade.g. under the "prudent man rule. In response to the changing conditions. a group of private equity firms. . Additionally. and the capital managed by these firms increased from $3 billion to $31 billion over the course of the decade. among others. It was not until 1978 that venture capital experienced its first major fundraising year.The growth of the venture capital industry was fueled by the emergence of the independent investment firms on Sand Hill Road. Even industry founders J. corporations that had sponsored in-house venture investment arms. would be founded that would become the model for later leveraged buyout and venture capital investment firms. as the industry raised approximately $750 million. venture capital units within Chemical Bank and Continental Illinois National Bank. including General Electric and Paine Webber either sold off or closed these venture capital units. Apple Inc. Genentech) gave rise to a major proliferation of venture capital investment firms. The number of firms multiplied. flooded early stage companies with capital. In 1973. Caufield & Byers and Sequoia Capital in 1972. corporate pension funds were prohibited from holding certain risky investments including many investments in privately held companies. In 1978. Sequoia and later venture capital firms would have access to the many semiconductor companies based in the Santa Clara Valley as well as early computer firms using their devices and programming and service companies. and certain venture firms began posting losses for the first time. with the number of new venture capital firms increasing. CA.
due in part to the competition for hot startups. Initial public offerings of stock for technology and other growth companies were in abundance. in numerous instances. venture capital returns were relatively low. Growth in the venture capital industry remained limited throughout the 1980s and the first half of the 1990s. reflecting the high point of the dot-com bubble. After a shakeout of venture capital managers.048 in March 2000. and venture firms were reaping large returns. Over the next two years. and many funds were significantly "under water" (the values of the fund's investments were below the amount of capital invested). investors sought to unload existing commitments for cents on the dollar in the secondary market. Venture capital investors sought to reduce size of commitments they had made to venture capital funds. excess supply of IPOs and the inexperience of many venture capital fund managers.  The private equity crash (2000 to 2003) The technology-heavy NASDAQ Composite index peaked at 5. focusing increasingly on improving operations at their portfolio companies rather than continuously making new investments. increasing from $3 billion in 1983 to just over $4 billion more than a decade later in 1994. The late 1990s were a boom time for venture capital. successful and would ultimately generate the venture capital boom of the 1990s.The venture capital boom and the Internet Bubble (1995 to 2000) By the end of the 1980s. as firms on Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park and Silicon Valley benefited from a huge surge of interest in the nascent Internet and other computer technologies. many venture firms had been forced to write-off large proportions of their investments. the more successful firms retrenched. Results would begin to turn very attractive. and. Yale School of Management Professor Andrew Metrick refers to these first 15 years of the modern venture capital industry beginning in 1980 as the "pre-boom period" in anticipation of the boom that would begin in 1995 and last through the bursting of the Internet bubble in 2000. The Nasdaq crash and technology slump that started in March 2000 shook virtually the entire venture capital industry as valuations for startup technology companies collapsed. . particularly in comparison with their emerging leveraged buyout cousins.
As a shareholder. This return is generally earned when the venture capitalist "exits" by selling its shareholdings when the business is sold to another owner. Of these qualities. and Exit Because there are no public exchanges listing their securities. the venture capital industry had shriveled to about half its 2001 capacity. potential for rapid growth. in order to increase the likelihood of reaching an IPO stage when valuations are favourable.1 billion in 2006. which were responsible for much of the fundraising volume in 2000 (the height of the dot-com bubble). venture capital has still not reached its mid-1990s level. Venture capital is invested in exchange for an equity stake in the business. Venture capitalists typically assist at four stages in the company's development: Idea generation. yet sought after. a 2%-decline from 2005 and a significant decline from its peak.By mid-2003. Funding Obtaining venture capital is substantially different from raising debt or a loan from a lender. Venture capitalists also are expected to nurture the companies in which they invest. looking for the extremely rare. peaked at 1. PricewaterhouseCoopers's MoneyTree Survey shows that total venture capital investments held steady at 2003 levels through the second quarter of 2005. private companies meet venture capital firms and other private equity investors in several ways. irrespective of the success or failure of a business. However. as only such opportunities are likely capable of providing the financial returns and successful exit event within the required timeframe (typically 3–7 years) that venture capitalists expect. venture capitalists are expected to carry out detailed due diligence prior to investment. Although the post-boom years represent just a small fraction of the peak levels of venture investment reached in 2000. Because investments are illiquid and require the extended timeframe to harvest. they still represent an increase over the levels of investment from 1980 through 1995. The revival of an Internet-driven environment in 2004 through 2007 helped to revive the venture capital environment. and an impressive management team. let alone its peak in 2000. such as innovative technology. As a percentage of GDP.164% to 0.087% (nearly 19 times the 1994 level) in 2000 and ranged from 0. Nevertheless. Venture capital funds. Venture capitalists are typically very selective in deciding what to invest in. raised only $25. including warm referrals from .182% in 2003 and 2004. qualities. as a rule of thumb. venture investment was 0. Ramp up. a fund may invest in one in four hundred opportunities presented to it. funds are most interested in ventures with exceptionally high growth potential. a well-developed business model. Lenders have a legal right to interest on a loan and repayment of the capital.058% in 1994. Start-up. the venture capitalist's return is dependent on the growth and profitability of the business. as a percentage of the overall private equity market.
including a variant known as "Speed Venturing". and other intellectual property. where the investor decides within 10 minutes whether he wants a follow-up meeting. In turn. If a company does have the qualities venture capitalists seek including a solid business plan. investment and passion from the founders. 4th round is intended to finance the "going public" process Between the first round and the fourth round. Venture capital firms and funds Venture capitalists A venture capitalist is a person or investment firm that makes venture investments. it will find it easier to raise venture capital. this explains why venture capital is most prevalent in the fast-growing technology and life sciences or biotechnology fields. which is akin to speed-dating for capital. and summits where companies pitch directly to investor groups in face-to-face meetings. Financing stages There are typically six stages of venture round financing offered in Venture Capital. Seed Money: Low level financing needed to prove a new idea. investor conferences and symposia. but not yet turning a profit Expansion : Also called Mezzanine financing. and target minimum returns in excess of 40% per year. That is most commonly the case for intangible assets such as software. Crowd funding is also emerging as an option for seed funding. whose value is unproven. often provided by angel investors. this is expansion money for a newly profitable company exit of venture capitalist : Also called bridge financing. a good management team. there are some new private online networks that are emerging to provide additional opportunities to meet investors. In addition. This need for high returns makes venture funding an expensive capital source for companies. which cannot be financed by cheaper alternatives such as debt. that roughly correspond to these stages of a company's development. Start-up: Early stage firms that need funding for expenses associated with marketing and product development growth (Series A round): Early sales and manufacturing funds Second-Round: Working capital for early stage companies that are selling product. A venture capital fund refers to a pooled investment vehicle (often an LP or . and most suitable for businesses having large up-front capital requirements. and these venture capitalists are expected to bring managerial and technical expertise as well as capital to their investments.the investors' trusted sources and other business contacts. a good potential to exit the investment before the end of their funding cycle. venture-backed companies may also seek to take venture debt.
where several investors combine their investments into one large fund that invests in many different startup companies. the general partners of which serve as the managers of the firm and will serve as investment advisors to the venture capital funds raised. the investors are spreading out their risk to many different investments versus taking the chance of putting all of their money in one start up firm. which typically invest in companies with proven revenue. A core skill within VC is the ability to identify novel technologies that have the potential to generate high commercial returns at an early stage. Inherent in realizing abnormally high rates of returns is the risk of losing all of one's investment in a given startup company. Venture capital firms typically comprise small teams with technology backgrounds (scientists. researchers) or those with business training or deep industry experience. As a consequence. By definition. such as state and . By investing in the pool format. This constituency comprises both high net worth individuals and institutions with large amounts of available capital.LLC) that primarily invests the financial capital of third-party investors in enterprises that are too risky for the standard capital markets or bank loans. VCs also take a role in managing entrepreneurial companies at an early stage. and thereby potentially realizing much higher rates of returns. Investors in venture capital funds are known as limited partners. thereby differentiating VC from buy-out private equity. thus adding skills as well as capital. in which case the firm's managers are known as managing members. Diagram of the structure of a generic venture capital fund Structure Venture capital firms are typically structured as partnerships. most venture capital investments are done in a pool format. Venture capital firms in the United States may also be structured as limited liability companies.
Others prefer investing in established companies that need support to go public or grow. Venture capitalists with an operational background tend to be former founders or executives of companies similar to those which the partnership finances or will have served as management consultants. foundations. Some may want a quicker public sale of the company or expect fast growth. Some invest solely in certain industries. and pooled investment vehicles. Associates will often have worked for 1–2 years in another field. and each firm is different. Typical career backgrounds vary. but. such as investment banking. university financial endowments. other positions at venture capital firms include: Venture partners — Venture partners are expected to source potential investment opportunities ("bring in deals") and typically are compensated only for those deals with which they are involved. Roles Within the venture capital industry. Principal — This is a mid-level investment professional position. broadly speaking. Although the titles are not entirely uniform from firm to firm. After a few successful years. Some of the factors that influence VC decisions include: Business situation: Some VCs tend to invest in new ideas. Some prefer operating locally while others will operate nationwide or even globally. an associate may move up to the "senior associate" position and potentially principal and beyond. and often considered a "partner-track" position. Venture capitalists with finance backgrounds tend to have investment banking or other corporate finance experience. VC expectations often vary. There are multiple factors. The amount of help a VC provides can vary from one firm to the next. Associate — This is typically the most junior apprentice position within a venture capital firm. venture capitalists come from either an operational or a finance background. management consulting. insurance companies. such as investment banking or management consulting. called funds of funds  Types Venture Capitalist firms differ in their approaches. Principals will have been promoted from a senior associate position or who have commensurate experience in another field. or fledgling companies. the general partners and other investment professionals of the venture capital firm are often referred to as "venture capitalists" or "VCs". or a market of particular interest to the strategy of the venture capital firm. .private pension funds.
after which the focus is managing and making follow-on investments in an existing portfolio. with the possibility of a few years of extensions to allow for private companies still seeking liquidity. Venture capitalists have invested in similar firms and projects before and. The investing cycle for most funds is generally three to five years. Entrepreneur-in-residence (EIR) — EIRs are experts in a particular domain and perform due diligence on potential deals. EIRs are engaged by venture capital firms temporarily (six to 18 months) and are expected to develop and pitch startup ideas to their host firm although neither party is bound to work with each other. have more knowledge and experience. Some funds have partial closes when one half (or some other amount) of the fund has been raised. and find recipes to overcome them. Structure of the funds Most venture capital funds have a fixed life of 10 years. and how it works. In such a fund. therefore. . their mutual interest for returns will increase the firms motivation to increase profits. identify problems. the investors have a fixed commitment to the fund that is initially unfunded and subsequently "called down" by the venture capital fund over time as the fund makes its investments. the fund is said to be closed. "Vintage year" generally refers to the year in which the fund was closed and may serve as a means to stratify VC funds for comparison. It can take anywhere from a month or so to several years for venture capitalists to raise money from limited partners for their fund. There are substantial penalties for a limited partner (or investor) that fails to participate in a capital call. At the time when all of the money has been raised. through venture capital involvement. What these venture capitals do are to facilitate and enable the start up phase. so they know what works and what does not. a portfolio firm can initiate growth. This model was pioneered by successful funds in Silicon Valley through the 1980s to invest in technological trends broadly but only during their period of ascendance. This shows the difference between a venture capital fund management company and the venture capital funds managed by them. This knowledge and experience are the outcomes of the experiments through the successes and failures from previous ventures. Some EIRs move on to executive positions within a portfolio company. When there is an owner relation between the venture capital providers and receivers. and to cut exposure to management and marketing risks of any individual firm or its product. and the 10-year lifetime begins. Therefore. Need of venture capital There are entrepreneurs and many other people who come up with bright ideas but lack the capital for the investment.
Smaller firms tend to thrive or fail with their initial industry contacts.From investors point of view funds can be traditional where all the investors invest with equal terms or asymmetric where different investors have different terms. many start-ups seek to self-finance sweat equity until they reach a point where they can credibly approach outside capital providers such as venture capitalists or angel investors. To achieve this. many venture capital firms will only seriously evaluate an investment in a start-up company otherwise unknown to them if the company can prove at least some of its claims about the technology and/or market potential for its product or services. many entrepreneurs seek seed funding from angel investors. Carried interest — a share of the profits of the fund (typically 20%). larger venture capital firms usually have several overlapping funds at the same time.000 range and the amounts that . and certain groups are able to command carried interest of 25–30% on their funds. Compensation Venture capitalists are compensated through a combination of management fees and carried interest (often referred to as a "two and 20" arrangement): Management fees — an annual payment made by the investors in the fund to the fund's manager to pay for the private equity firm's investment operations. Because a fund may be run out of capital prior to the end of its life. paid to the private equity fund’s management company as a performance incentive. Main alternatives to venture capital Because of the strict requirements venture capitalists have for potential investments. doing so lets the larger firm keep specialists in all stages of the development of firms almost constantly engaged. or may have a prior relationship with the entrepreneur. and so it is prudent to reassess and shift industries or personnel rather than attempt to simply invest more in the industry or people the partners already know. by the time the fund cashes out. There has been some debate since the dot com boom that a "funding gap" has developed between the friends and family investments typically in the $0 to $250. The remaining 80% of the profits are paid to the fund's investors Strong limited partner interest in top-tier venture firms has led to a general trend toward terms more favorable to the venture partnership. who may be more willing to invest in highly speculative opportunities. Typically the asymmetry is seen in cases where there's a investor that has other interests such as tax income in case of public investors. or even just to avoid the dilutive effects of receiving funding before such claims are proven. This practice is called "bootstrapping". In a typical venture capital fund. Furthermore. the general partners receive an annual management fee equal to up to 2% of the committed capital. an entirely-new generation of technologies and people is ascending. whom the general partners may not know well.
While such an approach has long precedents in the sphere of charity. later stage expansion. The traditional VCs are shifting their focus to later-stage investments. Grow VC. One of the reason to look for alternatives to venture capital is the problem of the traditional VC model. groups have emerged. requiring them to search for correspondingly larger investment opportunities. These firms provide capital for seed ventures. now that social media and online communities make it possible to reach out to a group of potentially interested supporters at very low cost. In addition to traditional venture capital and angel networks. it is receiving renewed attention from entrepreneurs such as independent film makers. . Offshore funding is provided via specialist venture capital trusts. institutional investors. The National Venture Capital Association estimates that the latter now invest more than $30 billion a year in the USA in contrast to the $20 billion a year invested by organized venture capital funds. which allow groups of small investors or entrepreneurs themselves to compete in a privatized business plan competition where the group itself serves as the investor through a democratic process. and return on investment of many VC funds have been low or negative. Crowd funding is emerging as an alternative to traditional venture capital. This funding gap may be accentuated by the fact that some successful VC funds have been drawn to raise ever-larger funds. for example. Law firms are also increasingly acting as an intermediary between clients seeking venture capital and the firms providing it. banks. promotes the industry within India and throughout the world and encourages investment in high growth companies. IVCA members comprise venture capital firms. lawyers. Indian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (IVCA) Indian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (IVCA) is a member based national organization that represents venture capital and private equity firms. incubators. or manufacturing industries.000 to $1 million. accountants. This gap is often filled by sweat equity and seed funding via angel investors as well as equity investment companies who specialize in investments in startup companies from the range of $250. angel groups. Members represent most of the active venture capital and private equity firms in India. early stage companies. and growth finance for management buyouts/buy-ins of established companies. government bodies. businesses may more cheaply be able to raise debt to finance their growth. In industries where assets can be securitized effectively because they reliably generate future revenue streams or have a good potential for resale in case of foreclosure. Some crowd funding models are also being applied for startup funding. Good examples would include assetintensive extractive industries such as mining.most VC funds prefer to invest between $1 million to $2 million. academic institutions and other service providers to the venture capital and private equity industry. corporate advisors. Crowd funding is an approach to raising the capital required for a new project or enterprise by appealing to large numbers of ordinary people for small donations. which seek to utilise securitization in structuring hybrid multi-market transactions via an SPV (special purpose vehicle): a corporate entity that is designed solely for the purpose of the financing.
unless a business can offer the prospect of significant turnover growth within five years. the venture capitalist's return is dependent on the growth and profitability of the business. What kind of businesses are attractive to venture capitalists? Venture capitalist prefer to invest in "entrepreneurial businesses". when entrepreneurs found wealthy individuals to back their projects on an ad hoc basis. This return is generally earned when the venture capitalist "exits" by selling its shareholding when the business is sold to another owner. As a rule of thumb. To obtain their funds. to help unquoted companies grow and succeed. Such businesses are aiming to grow rapidly to a significant size. For how long do venture capitalists invest in a business? Venture capital firms usually look to retain their investment for between three and seven years or more.private investors. it is unlikely to be of interest to a venture capital firm. Obtaining venture capital is substantially different from raising debt or a loan from a lender. venture capital could help do this. we principally focus on venture capital firms. expand. Lenders have a legal right to interest on a loan and repayment of the capital. What is venture capital? Venture capital provides long-term.introduction to venture capital Venture Capital is a form of "risk capital". Investments in more mature businesses. are often sold sooner than investments in early-stage or technology companies where it takes time to develop the business model. which provide several billion pounds each year to unquoted companies mostly located in the UK. This informal method of financing became an industry in the late 1970s and early 1980s when a number of venture capital firms were founded. The term of the investment is often linked to the growth profile of the business. irrespective of the success or failure of a business . As a shareholder. Rather. where the business performance can be improved quicker and easier. turnaround or revitalise a company. Venture capital investors are only interested in companies with high growth prospects. Separate Tutor2u revision notes cover the operation of business angels. They raise their funds from several sources. There are now over 100 active venture capital firms in the UK. it is more about the investment's aspirations and potential for growth. it should be pointed out the attributes that both venture capital firms and business angels look for in potential investments are often very similar. This does not necessarily mean small or new businesses. The main sources of venture capital in the UK are venture capital firms and "business angels" . rather than by current size. If an entrepreneur is looking to start-up. Where do venture capital firms obtain their money? Just as management teams compete for finance. capital that is invested in a project (in this case . so do venture capital firms. However. In these notes. committed share capital. In other words. Risk capital is invested as shares (equity) rather than as a loan and the investor requires a higher"rate of return" to compensate him for his risk. buy-out a business in which he works. Venture capital is invested in exchange for an equity stake in the business.a business) where there is a substantial element of risk relating to the future creation of profits and cash flows. venture capital firms have to demonstrate a good track record and the prospect of producing returns greater than can be achieved through fixed interest or . Venture capital in the UK originated in the late 18th century. buy-into a business. which are managed by experienced and ambitious teams who are capable of turning their business plan into reality.
They rank ahead of all classes of ordinary shares for both income and capital. Within this period the funds invest the money committed to them and by the end of the 10 years they will have had to return the investors' original money. Preferred ordinary shares These are equity shares with special rights. This generally requires the investments to be sold. Preferred ordinary shares have votes. there may be some restrictions regarding the company's future development within the first few years. can take a venture capitalist anything from one month to one year but typically it takes between 3 and 6 months. The key stage of the investment process is the initial evaluation of a business plan. Venture capital firms' investment preferences may be affected by the source of their funds. In considering the business plan. Most UK venture capital firms raise their funds for investment from external sources. the venture capitalist may use one or more of the following types of share capital: Ordinary shares These are equity shares that are entitled to all income and capital after the rights of all other classes of capital and creditors have been satisfied. There are always exceptions to the rule and deals can be done in extremely short time frames. the venture capitalist will consider several principal aspects: Is the product or service commercially viable? Does the company have potential for sustained growth? . 10% fixed). such as pension funds and insurance companies. or to be in the form of quoted shares. they may be entitled to a fixed dividend or share of the profits. The shares may be redeemable on fixed dates or they may be irredeemable. . Ordinary shares have votes. In a venture capital deal these are the shares typically held by the management and family shareholders rather than the venture capital firm. Preference shares These are non-equity shares. Their income rights are defined and they are usually entitled to a fixed dividend (eg. at 120% of cost). Venture Capital Trusts (VCT's) are quoted vehicles that aim to encourage investment in smaller unlisted (unquoted and AIM quoted companies) UK companies by offering private investors tax incentives in return for a five-year investment commitment. The first were launched in Autumn 1995 and are mainly managed by UK venture capital firms.quoted equity investments. before the end of the fund.Does management have the ability to exploit this potential and control the company through the growth phases? Does the possible reward justify the risk? . mainly institutional investors. Much depends on the quality of information provided and made available. They may be convertible into a class of ordinary shares. Many funds raised from external sources are structured as Limited Partnerships and usually have a fixed life of 10 years. plus any additional returns made. Most approaches to venture capitalists are rejected at this stage.Does the potential financial return on the investment meet their investment criteria? In structuring its investment. What is involved in the investment process? The investment process. If funds are obtained from a VCT.For example. Sometimes they may be redeemable at a fixed premium (eg. from reviewing the business plan to actually investing in a proposition.
principally provide overdrafts and short to medium-term loans at fixed or.Due Diligence To support an initial positive assessment of your business proposition.Merchant banks .Finance houses . it is appropriate for a business to have a financing structure that includes both equity and debt. usually for larger amounts than clearing banks. such as to report on the financial projections and other financial aspects of the plan. Making the Investment . A secured loan will rank ahead of unsecured loans and certain other creditors of the company. . or a one or two day overview may be all that is required by the venture capital firm. it may have a warrant attached which gives the loan holder the option to subscribe for new equity shares on terms fixed in the warrant. unless the venture capital firm has the appropriately qualified people in-house. These facilities require either a second charge on the company's assets or are unsecured. External consultants are often used to assess market prospects and the technical feasibility of the proposition. variable rates of interest. They will assess and review the following points concerning the company and its management: . They typically carry a higher rate of interest than bank term loans and rank behind the bank for payment of interest and repayment of capital. These reports often follow a detailed study. ranging from project grants (related to jobs created and safeguarded) to enterprise loans in selective areas. . A loan may be convertible into equity shares. Mezzanine firms . Factoring companies . Other forms of finance provided in addition to venture capitalist equity include: . It is generally most appropriate for larger transactions. often asset based and usually for a fixed term and at fixed interest rates. Chartered accountants are often called on to do much of the due diligence. Later they can play an important role in the process of "going public" by advising on the terms and price of public issues and by arranging underwriting when necessary. more usually.organise the provision of medium to longer-term loans. either on a recourse basis (you retain the credit risk on the debts) or on a non-recourse basis (the factoring company takes over the credit risk). Alternatively. Government and European Commission sources . though not necessarily repayable.Loan capital Venture capital loans typically are entitled to interest and are usually. ranging from hire purchase to leasing. Loans may be secured on the company's assets or may be unsecured. Venture capital investments are often accompanied by additional financing at the point of investment.provide loan finance that is halfway between equity and secured debt.provide finance by buying trade debts at a discount. This is nearly always the case where the business in which the investment is being made is relatively mature or well-established.provide various forms of installment credit. the interest charged by the mezzanine debt provider will be higher than that from the principal lenders and sometimes a modest equity "up-side" will be required through options or warrants. the venture capitalist will want to assess the technical and financial feasibility in detail.Clearing banks . Because the risk is consequently higher than senior debt. In this case.provide financial aid to UK companies.
including the company's cash/debtor positions . irrespective of the time taken for all these. nowadays it all happens online and is quite easy.Assumptions on which financial assumptions are based . which happen in parallel between the banks. the user will receive money. the end user will receive the money without needing to know the hassles of exchange rate conversion and various other formalities. References may also be taken up on the company (eg. etc. Within the comforts of my home. My bank makes it possible through SWIFT! SWIFT or the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication is a worldwide network for financial messages through which its members (i. For doing that. and bankers). 2009 What is SWIFT? Categories: Banking. once in a while I sent money to India. Sometimes. April 7. the target bank will have a branch in the sending bank‟s country or vice versa and they may settle it within the purview of a single country. financial institutions such as banks) can exchange messages related to money transfer for their customers. with suppliers. customers. . IT Being an NRI (Non Residential Indian).Pensions funding . SWIFT is just a messaging service and it doesn‟t facilitate actual cash transfer between banks.Forecasting techniques and accuracy of past forecasting . The due diligence review aims to support or contradict the venture capital firm's own initial impressions of the business plan formed during the initial stage.Employee contracts. By the way. once the authorization for the release of funds are sent through SWIFT. Also. Thus.The latest available management accounts.e. International.. I just need to login to my internet banking account. Unlike before. But the point is.Bank facilities and leasing agreements . The messages are sent securely and reliably to the target member financial institution of SWIFT. the banks that exchange authorization message for money transfer shall have an external banking relation between them and normally they settle the actual cash transfer in parallel. the target bank can release the money to the end user‟s account and the bank is assured of the money from the sending bank.Management information systems . Tuesday. do some clicks and money will reach my bank account in India in a couple of days.
where the corebanking solution of the bank can directly communicate with SWIFT to do the transfer. Through SWIFT. making it the most widely used network for international financial messaging. Thus. Each financial institution registered with SWIFT is identified by a bank identifier code popularly known as the „SWIFT Code‟.Over 8.700 banking organizations. secure and with lower cost. This makes the process of money transfer more efficient. securities institutions and corporate customers in more than 209 countries use SWIFT for transferring financial messages. SWIFT makes the process of transferring funds across the globe a lot . transfer of funds to various countries can be completely automated.