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Consolidation: Also called a leveraged rollup, this is an investment strategy in which a firm acquires a series of companies in the same or complementary fields, with the goal of becoming a dominant regional or nationwide player in that industry. In some cases, a holding company will be created, into which the various acquisitions will be folded. In other cases, an initial acquisition may serve as the platform through which the other acquisitions will be made.

   
 
Due diligence: A process of inspection that a venture capital or other private equity firm carries out before closing on a deal. Venture capitalists, for example, might review a company's accounting practices and managerial structure
   
 
Exit: The means by which a private equity firm realizes a return on its investment. For venture capitalists, this typically comes when a portfolio company goes public, or when it merges with or is acquired by another company.
   
 
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