Your Guide to Venture Capital and How It Works
Sarah Cheesman, 12 October 2023
What is venture capital?
The role of venture capital in the UK
Key functions of venture capital in the UK
How venture capital works
Preparation and pitching
A note on how we track a company’s stage of evolution
Here at Beauhurst, our Data team marks every company’s life cycle stage as one of: Seed, Venture, Growth, Established, Exited, Zombie or Dead. The fundraisings held by businesses at these stages are classified to match. This is because there are issues with traditional life cycle labels, due to inconsistent definitions and increasing round sizes. Learn more about how we track a company’s stage of evolution in our article.
What are venture capitalists looking for?
The founding team
Technology or innovation
VCs are motivated by returns on their investment, so they look for startups with clear exit strategies, such as acquisition or IPO prospects.
The pros and cons of venture capital
How Beauhurst works with venture capital firms
One of the key things for any VC firm, or investor in general, is data. Access to reliable, up-to-date and accurate data is the cornerstone of most decision-making processes, and this is something that Beauhurst takes incredibly seriously.
Our BeauhurstInvest data platform has been developed specifically for investors and accelerators, providing a searchable database on every registered company in the UK. It’s ideal for helping firms to find investors, exciting new companies and get better insights and visibility on your chosen market. Find out more about how venture capital firms use Beauhurst.
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