Investing in startups is more about a story than about money. Of course, venture capital is a financial niche where a larger upside is possible in comparison with traditional investment instruments. But, in addition to the possibility of non-linear capital growth, you get the opportunity to influence the future, creating it together with the founders of the companies - directly interacting with project teams that can change the world and become billion-dollar corporations.
Venture investors earn profit through the growth in the capitalization of the investment object (growth in the value of startup shares). The return on investment occurs when the entire company is sold. Less commonly, with MBOs, IPOs, and the resale of shares to other investors.