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VENTURE CAPITAL Introduction Venture capital is a growing business of recent origin in the area of industrial financing in India. The various financial institutions set-up in India to promote industries have done commendable work. However, these institutions do not come upto the benefit of risky ventures when they are undertaken by new or relatively unknown entrepreneurs. They contend to give debt finance, mostly in the form of term loan to the promoters and their functioning has been more akin to that of commercial banks. The financial institutions have devised schemes such as seed capital scheme, Risk capital Fund etc., to help new entrepreneurs. However, to evaluate the projects and extend financial assistance they follow the criteria such as safety, security, liquidity and profitability and not potentially. The capital market with its conventional financial instruments/ schemes does not come much to the benefit or risky venture. New institutions such as mutual funds, leasing and hire purchase Companys have been established as another leasing and hire purchase Companys have been established as another source of finance to industries. These institutions also do not mitigate the problems of new entrepreneurs who undertake risky and innovative ventures. India is poised for technological revolution with the emergence of new breed of entrepreneurs with required professional temperament and technical knowhow. To make the innovative technology of the entrepreneurs a successful business venture, support in all respects and more particularly in the form of financial assistance is all the more essential. This has necessitated the setting up of venture capital financing Division/ companies during the latter part of eighties. Concept of venture capital The term Venture Capital is understood in many ways. In a narrow sense, if refers to, investment in new and tried enterprises that are lacking a stable record of growth. In a broader sense, venture capital refers to the commitment of capital as shareholding, for the formulation and setting up of small firms specializing in new ideas or new technologies. It is not merely an injection of funds into a new firm, it is a simultaneous input of skill needed to set up the firm, design its marketing strategy and organize and manage it. It is an association with successive stages of firms development with distinctive types of financing appropriate to each stage of development. Meaning of Venture Capital Venture capital is long-term risk capital to finance high technology projects which involve risk but at the same time has strong potential for growth. Venture capitalist pool their resources including managerial abilities to assist new entrepreneur in the early years of the project. Once the project reaches the stage of profitability, they sell their equity holdings at high premium.

Definition of the Venture Capital Company A venture capital company is defined as a financing institutions which joints an entrepreneur as a copromoter in a project and shares the risks and rewards of the enterprise. Features of Ventures Capital Some of the features of venture capital financing are as under: Venture capital is usually in the form of an equity participation. It may also take the form of convertible debt or long term loan. Investment is made only in high risk but high growth potential projects. Venture capital is available only for commercialization of new ideas or new technologies and not for enterprises which are engaged in trading, booking, financial services, agency, liaison work or research and development. Venture capital is joins the entrepreneur as a co-promoter in projects and share the risk and rewards of the enterprise. There is continuous involvement in business after making an investment by the investor. Once the venture has reached the full potential the venture capitalist disinvests his holding either to the promoters or in the market. The basic objective of investment is not profit but capital appreciation at the time of disinvestments.

Venture capital is not just injection of the money but also an input needed to set-up the firm, design its marketing strategy and organize the manage it. Investment is usually made in small and medium scale enterprises. Disinvest Mechanism The objective of venture capitalists to sell of the investment made by him at substantial capital gains. The disinvestments options available developed countries are : Promoters buy back. Public issue Sale to other venture capital Funds. Sale in OTC market and Management buy outs. In India, the most popular investment route is promoters buy back this permits the ownership and control of the promoter in tact. The Risk capital and Technology Finance Corporation, CAN-VCF etc. in India allow promoters to buy back equity of their enterprises.

The public issue would be difficult and expensive since first generation entrepreneurs are not know in the capital market. The option involves high transaction cost and also less feasible for small ventures on account of high listing requirements of the stock exchange. The OTC Exchange in India has been set up in 1992. It is hoped that OTC1 would provide disinvestments opportunities to venture capital firms. The other investment options such as management buy out or sale to other venture capital fund and not considered appropriate in India. Scope of Venture Capital Venture capital may take various forms at different stages of the project. There are four successive stages of development of a project viz. development of a project idea, implementation of the idea, commercial production and marketing and finally large scale investment to exploit the economics of scale and achieve stability. Financial institutions and banks usually start financing the project only at the second or third stage but rarely from the first stage. But venture capitalists provide finance even from the first stage of idea formulation. The various stages in the financing of venture capital are described below: Development of an Idea: In the initial stage venture capitalists provide seed capital for translating an idea into business proposition. At this stage investigation is made in-depth which normally takes a year or more. Implementation Stage Start up Finance : When the firm is set up to manufacture a product or provide a service, start up finance is provided by the venture capitalists. The first and second stage capital is used for full scale manufacturing and further business growth. Fledging Stage Additional Finance : In the third stage, the firm has made some headway and entered the stage of manufacturing a product but faces teething problems. It may not be able to generate adequate funds and so additional round of financing is provided to develop the marketing infrastructure. Establishment Stage Establishment Finance : At this stage the firm is established in the market and expected to expand at a rapid pace. It needs further financing for expansion and diversification so that it can reap economies of scale and attain stability. At the end of the establishment stage, the firm is listed on the stock exchange and at this point the venture capitalist disinvests their shareholding through available exit routes. Before investing in small, new or young hi-tech enterprises, the venture capitalist look for percentage of key success factors of a venture capital project. They prefer project that address these problems. After assessing the viability of projects, the investors decide for what stage they should provide venture capital so that it leads to grater capital appreciation. All the above stages of finance involve varying degree of risk and venture capital industry, only after

analysing such risk, invest in one or more. Hence they specialize in one or more but rarely all.

Nature and Scope Merchant hankers can assist venture proposals of technocrats, with high technology which are new and high risk, to seek assistance from venture capital funds for technology based industries which contribute significantly to growth process. Public issues are not available or such Greenfield ventures. Venture capital refers to organize private or institutional financing that can provide substantial amounts of capital mostly through equity purchases and occasionally through debts offerings to help growth oriented firms to develop and succeed. The term venture capital denotes institutional investors that provide equity financing to young businesses and play an active role advising their managements. Venture capital thrives best where it is not restrictively defined. Both in the U.S.A., the cradle of modern venture capital industry and U.K. where it is relatively advance venture capital as n activity has not been defined. Laying down parameters relating to size of investment, nature of technology and promoters background do not really help in promoting venture proposals. Venture capital enables entrepreneurs to actualize scientific ideals and enables inventions. It can contribute as well as benefit from securities market development. Venture capital is a potential source for augmenting the supply of good securities with track record of performance to the stock market which faces shortage of good securities to absorb the savings of the investors. Ventura capital in turn benefits from the rise in market valuation which results from an active secondary market. VENTURE CAPITAL IN INDIA Venture capital funds (VCFs) are part of the primary market. There are 35 venture capital funds registered with SEBI apart from one foreign venture capital firm registered with SEBI. Data available for 14 firms indicate that total funds available with them at the end of 1996 was Rs.1402 crores, which Rs.672.85 crores had been invested in 622 projects in 1996. Ventura capital which was originally restricted to risk capital has become now private equity.

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