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Definition: Private equity

Christina Hernandez Sherwood, eMed Editor, MedCity News

Definition: Private equity

Private equity is investment capital in a startup that is not quoted on a public stock exchange. For healthcare entrepreneurs, venture capital is a prominent source of private equity.

Private equity, typically a long-term investment, is an active form of financing, meaning that investors seek to add value to the companies they support. This is often accomplished through seats on the board.

Definitions are a weekly feature on eMed for current and aspiring healthcare entrepreneurs.

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