Missouri's Business Climate Tool in Action: Total Venture Capital Investments

The Business Climate Comparison (BCC) online tool launched by the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC) contains a wide-range of data comparing state population, education, and economic information.

The BCC tool uses Venture Capital (VC) Investments as one variable in measuring the business climate of Missouri. Venture capital is money provided by outside investors for financing new, growing or struggling businesses. Venture capital investments generally are high risk investments but offer the potential for above average returns. One advantage for businesses seeking such investments is to help a company reach the next level of growth and success.  For instance, it can be used to assist in a business' goal to go public. 

Venture capital general partners (also known as "venture capitalists") may be former chief executives at firms similar to those which the partnership funds. Investors in venture capital funds (limited partners) are typically large institutions with large amounts of available capital, such as state and private pension funds, university endowments, insurance companies, and pooled investment vehicles. 

When compared to adjacent states, Missouri ranks only behind Illinois in venture capital dollars. When compared nationally and to states of similar population, Missouri ranks in the middle of the pack. The Show-Me state does, however, rank third nationally in the average amount per venture capital deal among those states with at least five deals.

Figures are based on the MoneyTree Survey, a quarterly study of venture capital investment activity in the U.S. The study is a staple of the financial community, entrepreneurs, government policymakers and the business press worldwide. It is the only industry-endorsed research of its kind. 

More information about the MoneyTree Survey can be found online at:

Leading Venture Capital States

2005 data

Adjacent States
2005 data
Dollar figures represent total Venture Capital Investments
Figure in parentheses represents number of VC deals

States with Similar Population

2005 data

States with Largest Average Venture Capital
Amount per Deal

2005 data

The BCC tool allows users to compare any number of states and the District of Columbia across 72 indicators that are sub-divided into eight easy-reference categories, including Population, Income, Education, Taxes, Cost of Living, Business Climate, Labor and Infrastructure.

The BCC tool can be found on the MERIC website at:


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