Not sure what PE, ACC, VC, IB etc. mean? Confused about all the tech verticals available today, like AgTech, LOHAS, Impact Investing etc.? No worries - we’ve got you covered. Take a quick look at the directory of terms and abbreviations.

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In Vake case study, you might stumble upon the following terms and abbreviations:

Raised: Sum of known capital injected in the company & the last financing round series.

Funding rate (YoY): Number of funding rounds divided by number of years since foundation. For example:

• 2 funding rounds in 4 years results with funding rate 0.5x
• 4 funding rounds in 4 years results with funding rate 1.0x

Investors: Angels, Accelerators & incubators, Venture capital firms, Corporate venture capital firms, Private equity firms, Strategic acquirers and other investor types.

Partners: Other organizations or individuals that the company is closely involved within its business (e.g., clients, distributors, strategic partnerships).

Employees: Sum of known available employees in the company at the date of the research.

VC | Venture Capital

ACC | Accelerator

GOV | Government

PE | Private Equity

CORP | Corporation

CVC | Corporate Venture Capital

SWF | Sovereign Wealth Fund

AM | Asset Manager

IB | Investment Bank

Verticals & Technologies

In Vake case study, you might stumble upon the following terms and abbreviations:

3D Printing

Products that facilitate the printing of three-dimensional objects—including 3D printers and software that uses data points to create cross-sectional patterns of the object being printed.


Technology, software and services that deliver, control and target online advertising.

Advanced Manufacturing

Companies utilizing innovative and novel technologies to improve products or processes related to manufacturing. This encompasses technologies such as 3D printing, sensors and IoT platforms, automation and robotics, artificial intelligence / machine learning and big data applications, wearable devices and exoskeletons, augmented and virtual reality applications, as well as software relating to enterprise resource planning (ERP), warehouse management systems (WMS), and inventory management.


Software and hardware systems that automate, manage and promote environmentally conscious farming—including wireless sensors to monitor soil, air and animal health; hydroponic and aquaponic systems; remote-controlled irrigation systems; aerial
photo technology to analyze field conditions; biotech platforms for crop yields; data-analysis software to augment planting, herd, poultry and livestock management; automation software to manage tasks; and accounting software.

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI & ML)

Technology that enables computers to autonomously learn, deduce and act. Systems with artificial intelligence and machine learning collect and store massive amounts of data and make decisions based on probability and statistical analysis. Applications of AI and machine learning include speech recognition, computer vision, robotic control and accelerating processes in the empirical sciences.

Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality (AR) is a technology which overlays superimposed computer-generated images over a users’ view of the real-world, thus altering and/or enhancing one’s current perception of reality. Companies in this space are involved with hardware and software development, content creation, and distribution related to AR products. This includes headsets, eye tracking technology, smart glasses, video games, mobile applications, training programs, advertising, and commercial and retail applications that utilize AR technology.

Autonomous cars

Vehicles that can sense their environment and navigate without human interaction as well as related technology that utilizes radar, lidar, GPS, odometry, and software and computer vision.

B2B Payments

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Tech Companies in our data-pool

What do we mean by “tech company”? No, it’s not about early-stage startups building products from the garage, nor is it about software houses or engineering firms.

Founded after 2010
(business model is scalable)

Offer ready technology (products and services)

Landed paying customers or closed funding round(s)