The risk of venture capital investing is that it can be hard to tell at the outset whether an investment will actually pay off. While some ventures can result in returns that are multiple times the original investment, many investments will end in a negative return. The National Bureau of Economic Research has stated that a 25 percent return on a venture capital investment is the average. Most venture capitalists or venture capital returns will expect to at least receive this 25 percent return on investment. Depending on your business's potential for growth, a venture capital investor may expect a much greater return.