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Standard & Poor's Capital IQ: Venture Capital

Venture Capital on Capital IQ

Using Capital IQ, you can create a screen for venture capital investors using type, industries of interest, investment size, and other criteria. 

From your dashboard, or any other screen on Capital IQ, place your cursor over the tab titled Screeningon the horizontal row of tabs near the top of the page. When prompted with the Screening submenu, select Find Buyers or Investors, under the heading Targeting. 




Select Your Criteria

Choose the criteria you want for your screen from the box on the left, on the next page. Capital IQ offers five criteria groups:

  • Industries
  • Keywords
  • Stages (the stage of the investment life of the target, as well as investment type)
  • Investment (the monetary size of the investments and/or the investor, in millions)
  • Geographies

After selecting your criteria, make sure to press the gray Add to Criteria list on the bottom right of the criteria box. Make sure you do this for each of the types of criteria you are adding (up to five), to make sure all of your criteria is added to the screen. 

Refine Criteria

After you select your criteria, the box on the right of the screen will reflect the criteria you have selected, under the tab Selected Criteria

You can further refine your search criteria with five more categories:

  • Company Types
  • Investment and Advisory Firms
  • Operating Status
  • Ownership Status
  • Direct Investments

If you are screening for venture capital firms alone, for example, you can first unselect all criteria under the criteria groups Company Types and Investment and Advisory Firms, and next select Private Investment Firm under Company Types, and PE/VC under Investment and Advisory Firms. This will lead your screen to find only venture capital and private equity firms. 


After selecting your criteria (and refining it, if needed), select Run Search. You will next see the list of investors that matched your screening criteria. You can customize your results list to add data sets (such as company address, market capitalization, etc.,), by selecting the tab labeled Customize Display Column, and using the search engine there to find the data set you want to add to your results list.