This study examines the profile of Korean certified ventures based on a comprehensive survey research. The sample frame includes all the Korean ventures certified by the government. The number of those ventures was 4,008 in 1999, of which 3,592 ventures were sampled and analyzed. On average, founders of the sample ventures are 39 years old with 10 years experiences of related industries. They used to have technological or marketing experiences in the incubating organizations. The average sales volume and the average number of employees of the ventures are 5.1 bil. won and 38, respectively. The average growth rate exceeds 30% a year. The average ratio of technical manpower is more than 50%, and average R&D intensity is 46.4%. more than 41.9% of sample ventures export their products or services. However, the average return on investment of the ventures is not more than 1.5% and the average debt ratio reaches 270%. Based on the results of the survey, this study offers several policy implications for the venture certification system and for nurturing support to promote the ventures.