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Venture capital is a form of investment money provided in return for a share of equity in an enterprise that has significant growth potential. Typically it is injected into a venture before it has returned a profit. This may be given in the form of seed, startup, or expansion funding. Seed finance is provided to help an inventor or entrepreneur prove that a concept has business potential, whereas start-up funding supports a move from pilot-testing a concept to implementing it commercially for the first time. Expansion funding provides working capital for the initial expansion of the enterprise. Venture capital might also refer to funding provided to finance acquisitions, including funding for management buy-outs as well as funding for a second or even later expansion phase. ...

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