Venture capital and Private Equity are both key forms of financial investment for start-up and established businesses, both of which have traditionally been sought-after sources of funds. However, they differ significantly in terms of the type of companies they invest in, as well as the amount of control they provide to the investor. Venture Capital is typically sought out by companies looking to expand and take on riskier projects, as venture capitalists are more likely to invest in early-stage businesses, while Private Equity typically focuses on larger companies and offers more control to investors over the project. Additionally, venture capital is typically invested for equity, meaning the investor takes a stake in the company, while private equity allows the investor a share of the profits or returns. Finally, while venture capital is usually invested for a short to medium-term investment period, private equity will usually stay invested for longer periods of time in order to make a higher return on investment.