In general, venture capital funds invest in companies at an early stage in their development in areas such as clean technology, digital media, life sciences and the internet, investing their capital and expertise to develop new products and technologies for companies with little track record of profitability who are cash-hungry. In contrast, private equity funds invest in more mature companies with the aim of reducing inefficiencies and driving business growth.
The papers in this section all focus on the growing body of work on venture capital, examining public policies, organisational structures, issues of selection, performance and the role of venture capital in the economy at large.
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