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Disrupting the disruptors: How the Construction sector is opening Corporate Venturing eyes.

If you're in it, you'd know what we're talking about. The Construction industry - pragmatic and, at times, traditional, is under radical disruption and the Internet of Things is connecting the sector, and its players, like never before. The connection between everyday devices and building practice, and the internet, is now becoming more and more common. The application of smart-tech in buildings, machinery and even construction materials is quickly transforming the property and construction worlds, into a hot topic - which is why investors are sitting up and taking notice. In a previous blog, we featured FastBrick Robotics in our [...]

2018-10-17T11:30:16+00:00October 17th, 2018|Corporate Venturing, News|0 Comments

Hardy Giesler Interview: Why the Rail industry is in big need of corporate investment help

Hardy Giesler, co-founder of CFPro Ventures, is no stranger to rail infrastructure - you just need to read the case study we've published on Transport for London to figure that out.  We interviewed Hardy about the growth of the SME community within the rail and infrastructure sector, the challenges they're up against, the opportunity that awaits, and why corporate venture investment is the answer to exponential growth - on both sides of the negotiation table. These are his thoughts: Q: What state is the UK rail industry in – in terms of growth?  Where is it doing well and where [...]

2018-10-09T14:23:47+00:00October 8th, 2018|Corporate Venturing, News, SME Growth|0 Comments

A summary of rising UK Biotech world through Corporate Venture Finance

With the UK's Biotech industry being deemed the world's 3rd largest growth hub by sector, it's hardly surprising that investment into this industry - despite the economical uncertainty that looms - has been booming. And it's not quite that new. During 2015, financing rounds involving corporate venture capital amounted to $647 million of $1033 million invested in unquoted UK life sciences companies (2016: $567m of $965m), according to the Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry research. In fact, UK companies closed 68% of European financing rounds involving CVC in 2016, up from about a fifth a decade ago. Corporate Venture Capital, where [...]

2018-10-02T10:48:39+00:00October 2nd, 2018|Corporate Venturing, News|Comments Off on A summary of rising UK Biotech world through Corporate Venture Finance

Corporate Venturing in Oil & Gas: a summary

"Corporate venture investments by oil and gas companies hit record highs in 2016 and 2017, after a slight dip following the 2014 crash in oil prices." - so says CB Insights after extensive analysis of investment activity of a selection of the largest and most active companies across the Oil & Gas value chain. In fact, such is the trend in Corporate Venturing within the Oil & Gas sector that not only have they taken an equity stake in about half of all oil and gas start-ups that have raised funding, but they have also committed hundreds of millions of dollars to petroleum [...]

2018-09-19T12:36:10+00:00September 25th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Corporate Venturing in Oil & Gas: a summary

Diving into Innovation at NCE Tech Fest

Today kicks off a stalwart event in the Innovations and Tech Industry. CFPro Ventures has been invited to take a seat on the judging panel at this year's NCE Tech Fest - a Festival of Innovation that aims to showcase and celebrate the innovations and technologies that will drive the industry forward. Having already met some of the candidates taking part in today's event, we have already been astounded at the high calibre of entrepreneurship and capability being displayed throughout.   Digital Improvement of Productivity But there's one thing that stands out from today's event: most of what we've seen [...]

2018-09-19T10:17:44+00:00September 19th, 2018|Corporate Venturing, News, SME Growth|Comments Off on Diving into Innovation at NCE Tech Fest

Meet Ian: A decisive, results-driven individual with firm roots in the private, manufacturing, sales & services sectors.

With over 35 years of commercial and governance experience across many functional areas, along with experience of merger integration and divestment, Ian brings a decisive, results-driven approach heralded firmly within the private, manufacturing, product sales and service sectors working with advanced technology, digital and heavy engineering products. With a proven track record of delivering stakeholder value, Ian has led teams to deliver superior outcomes and deploys a value-driven, ethical approach, with broad functional, governance and leadership skills across many functional areas. Ian thrives in challenging environments and has rich, diverse international experience in leading-edge technology industry. With governance experience across sectors, he has [...]

2018-09-13T09:38:17+00:00September 13th, 2018|News, Partner Profiles|Comments Off on Meet Ian: A decisive, results-driven individual with firm roots in the private, manufacturing, sales & services sectors.

7 reasons why your weakest link is failing to financially plan

We're not going to tell you that failing to plan, is planning to fail. We're also not going to tell you that a goal without a plan, is just a wish. We're also not going to tell you that making sense of cents is your first step towards growth. We're also not going to scare you with the facts that, on average, 40% of new businesses actually see a profit, 30% break even and the rest continually lose money.  We're not going to tell you all that, because you probably already know all of this. But what we are going [...]

2018-09-11T13:24:49+00:00September 11th, 2018|News|Comments Off on 7 reasons why your weakest link is failing to financially plan

Help with Series B business funding: What to know.

It wouldn't take a lot for you to find articles about institutions, individuals and initiatives that are promoting the concept of "business funding". But take a few extra minutes to sort through the parade of promotional funding help, and you'll soon identify a couple of things that make the search for business funding slightly less exciting. So, to help you along your business growth journey, we thought we'd share a few home truths.   Barrage of Help: But at a price Financing a business is viewed by many people starting out on their own business journey, as a necessity for [...]

2018-09-06T10:49:28+00:00September 6th, 2018|News, SME Growth|Comments Off on Help with Series B business funding: What to know.

If your digital isn’t working, is your analogue good enough?

Although sparking a rather comical look at digital disruption, the news this week of Gatwick Airport's digital flight display systems going following an IT failure, and having to resort to the good old white board and marker, left more than just a smile on our faces. In a world that is saturated with articles about digital disruption, digital change and digital readiness, sometimes things simply go wrong - as in the case with Gatwick Airport and their reliance on a service provider to deliver a critical part of their operational infrastructure. And when things go wrong, and digital goes down, [...]

2018-08-22T13:28:47+00:00August 22nd, 2018|News, SME Growth|Comments Off on If your digital isn’t working, is your analogue good enough?

The real truth behind Innovation within UK business

One could probably rebuild an entire life-size replica of Stonehenge using all the scholarly articles and books on Leadership and Management styles, 7-fold over - and we are not about to repeat what many knowledgeable, insightful business scholars have said before. However, in an evolving world - where innovation, collaboration and sustainability is a topic so familiar and as common as the salt in our grinders, the milk in our coffee and the water in our kettles, we still we see organisations battling not with understanding what needs to be done, but rather identifying the way, for them, to get [...]

2018-08-16T09:07:19+00:00August 16th, 2018|News, SME Growth|Comments Off on The real truth behind Innovation within UK business
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