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The Investment Process

This chapter provides an overview of Part III (Venture Capital and Private Equity Contracting: An International Perspective). Part III comprises Chapters 10–13 and considers the structure and governance of venture capital and private equity fund investments in entrepreneurial firms. We survey the following issues that arise in the venture capital investment process: due diligence (screening potential investee firms), selecting the stage of entrepreneurial firm development at which to invest and industry in which to invest (e.g., biotech, computers), staging (number of financing rounds), valuation, syndication (number of investors), board seats, and contracts between the fund and its investee firms, which includes decisions ...

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