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|Comments Off on Disrupting the disruptors: How the Construction sector is opening Corporate Venturing eyes.

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

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

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

What is Corporate Venturing: The history to help you get started

What is Corporate Venturing? Corporate venturing, also known as corporate venture capital, is the practice of directly investing corporate funds into external start-up or early stage companies. This is usually done by large companies who wish to invest in new, innovative revenue streams, by taking equity stakes. The investing company may also provide other support, such as management and marketing expertise, strategic direction, and/or a line of credit.   Is Corporate Venturing something new? Corporate Venturing is not new. It is generally accepted that Pierre S. Du Pont, then president of chemical and plastics manufacturer DuPont, started it in 1914. [...]

2018-09-05T14:50:59+00:00September 5th, 2018|Corporate Venturing, News|Comments Off on What is Corporate Venturing: The history to help you get started

Why the UK Tech industry is poised for growth, and why foreign investors want a piece of the (tech) pie.

Our sister company, CFPro, today published the results of a Deloitte Survey of UK CFOs discussing their concerns, areas of focus and how they intend to prepare for continuing economic instability. Although the consensus is that UK CFOs are concerned about the long-term effects of Brexit, in the short-term, they're focussing on managing the growing level of skills shortages and managing cash flow within their organisations while at the same time, keeping an eye on innovations that continue to drive their business towards growth. On the home front, businesses push forward to sustain their bottom line through a period of [...]

2018-08-09T14:17:54+00:00August 9th, 2018|Corporate Venturing, News, SME Growth|Comments Off on Why the UK Tech industry is poised for growth, and why foreign investors want a piece of the (tech) pie.

When the retirement of someone else seeds your growth advantage.

In the town where the talk is mostly startup,  lies a huge chasm of opportunity for almost-instantaneous business growth in entrepreneurs preparing for exit and/or retirement. These are the people who have spent most of their lives building and growing their businesses through the aches and pains of the startup and seed phases, and who have enjoyed solid, prosperous rewards. They may not have become a Google or an Amazon, but they've certainly generated a solid revenue stream, they have built up a stable customer base, their company culture has evolved and stabilised into what they wanted it to be, [...]

2018-07-26T10:53:29+00:00July 26th, 2018|Corporate Venturing, News, SME Growth|Comments Off on When the retirement of someone else seeds your growth advantage.

The partnership between Corporate Venturing and Workforce Planning

The future of work is here. Our workforce is changing in front of our eyes, and as we digitise and fine-tune internal process to help us work smarter, quicker, simpler, larger organisations are very quickly falling behind when it comes to developing a thriving, productive workforce that underpins long-term business sustainability.  The future of work is thriving on a more agile, startup, entrepreneurial mentality. We are far more open to starting our own business than finding a job, and the trends of company loyalty and employment terms are averaging 2-3 years, as opposed to the historical work-until-you-retire scheme. We are [...]

2018-05-17T12:04:01+00:00May 17th, 2018|Corporate Venturing, News|Comments Off on The partnership between Corporate Venturing and Workforce Planning

Corporate Venturing: your secret R&D innovation weapon

"A good idea faces so many obstacles en route to market today that it’s a wonder we have any innovative products at all. You know those baby sea turtles that get eaten by birds and crabs on their way from the nest to the water? It’s like that." - HBR, Sept '13. Since then, we've improved the way we innovate, and drive growth - but, perhaps surprisingly, there is still an oversight in the business community about the true potential that Corporate Venturing offers larger organisations who are looking for their innovation opportunity. We're not talking about the creation of [...]

2018-05-08T13:00:39+00:00May 8th, 2018|Corporate Venturing, News|Comments Off on Corporate Venturing: your secret R&D innovation weapon

Why competition is being sidelined in favour of collaborative innovation.

Many companies, large and small, are waking up to the realisation that collaboration just as important than competition. Traditionally, business views have been based on a survival of the fittest mentality where your strategy is rooted in outplaying, out-running, out-living your competition. Although that most certainly is a strategic influence factor, there's a far stronger growth mindset developing - and that's the power that collaboration, and even co-creation, holds for growing businesses today. In fact, the benefits of collaboration exposed very specific findings in an EY report recently, particularly in the consumer goods market. "Consumer products companies need to collaborate [...]

2018-04-23T10:43:48+00:00April 23rd, 2018|Corporate Venturing, News|Comments Off on Why competition is being sidelined in favour of collaborative innovation.
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