Is Corporate Venture Capital Investment right for me, and my business?

Innovative businesses pose a constant threat to Corporations. Fact. But why is that? Well, you, as a younger, more agile, more creative, less bureaucratic business has the ability to move in almost any direction. You have innovation and creative thought. You have very little that confines you to a particular structure and model. You're exploring, testing, creating. Your pricing is competitive, your team is strong and together, you're building something pretty amazing. And that's why larger organisations are worried. You are able to move at a much quicker pace than they can. Unless, of course, they start to behave like [...]

2018-03-12T16:34:34+00:00January 30th, 2018|News, SME Growth|Comments Off on Is Corporate Venture Capital Investment right for me, and my business?

Corporate Venture Capital within the Automotive and AutoTech spaces

It doesn't take a lot of research to notice that Corporate Venturing is here and it's not going anywhere, quickly.  A year ago, in fact, Teddy Himler (a senior associate at Comcast Ventures in NYC) wrote an article for Forbes where he noted that 75 of the Fortune 100 at the time, were active in corporate venturing, with 41 of those having a dedicated CVC team.  In fact, at the time, these 75 represented a growing source of capital as well, participating in nearly a third of all U.S. venture deals and 40% in Asia. It was clear then that Corporate Venture Capital's growing role [...]

2018-03-12T16:34:43+00:00January 30th, 2018|Corporate Venturing, News|Comments Off on Corporate Venture Capital within the Automotive and AutoTech spaces

A New Type of Business Incubator

Traditionally,  an incubator is defined as "an enclosed apparatus or process in which premature or unusually small babies are placed and which provides a controlled and protective environment with the right level of skill and equipment for their care and development."   Take a step away from the Maternity suite, for a second, and cast your mind out towards the business connotation. We see business incubators popping up in every direction. We see property being developed purely to serve a networked, more fluid business community where startups and entrepreneurs can work together and have access to immediate, on demand business acumen. [...]

2018-03-12T16:34:50+00:00January 23rd, 2018|Corporate Venturing, News|Comments Off on A New Type of Business Incubator

What is Corporate Venturing and how do businesses benefit?

"Corporate venturing takes many forms. At its most basic it can be purely a financial investment with a larger company taking an equity stake in a smaller company. This is often done through a separate fund being set up specifically to invest in startup and growth companies in the same way that a traditional venture capital firm would." - Startups.co.uk Simply put: It's corporate investment providing huge opportunity for startup businesses, and businesses looking for high-growth alternatives. Henry Chesbrough, professor at Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, explains in his "Making Sense of Corporate Venture Capital" article, Corporate Venture [...]

2018-03-12T16:35:00+00:00January 23rd, 2018|Corporate Venturing, News|Comments Off on What is Corporate Venturing and how do businesses benefit?