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

When Corporate Venturing and Acquisition focuses on a much more inclusive consumer cycle.

The story of Merger & Acquisition is not a new one to tell. In fact, it has been happening in our economies for hundreds of years. So, what’s different today? In a world of corporate competition, knowing and understanding your customer journey has been critical to delivering faster than your competition, and gaining in the race for market-share value. But what happens you have exhausted your customer process? From the moment you receive your raw materials, to the point of sale, through to communication campaigns to keep your clients engaged and buying from you regularly, what more is there to [...]

2018-03-12T16:31:43+00:00March 6th, 2018|Corporate Venturing, News|Comments Off on When Corporate Venturing and Acquisition focuses on a much more inclusive consumer cycle.

Evaluating Corporate Venturing as a viable growth path for your SME.

More than 99% of companies registered in the UK are SME’s and represent 60% of all private sector employment in the UK.  "Small and medium-sized enterprises  are at the forefront of the industrial policy agenda owing to their role in creating jobs, stimulating innovation and promoting entrepreneurial skills," says SpringerLink's study on the Drivers of SME growth. For a while now, organisations have realised the value of investing in external businesses - especially when those businesses offer new opportunities to reach new markets, adopt new technology, attract new customer-bases, cross over into new industries. Countless articles document the benefits of [...]

2018-03-12T16:32:01+00:00March 1st, 2018|Corporate Venturing, News, SME Growth|Comments Off on Evaluating Corporate Venturing as a viable growth path for your SME.

Why entrepreneurs need help when it comes to Corporate Venture partnerships

We understand that as an entrepreneur, you want to grow. After all, nobody started a business to just stand still. Sure, different entrepreneurs may have different rates of growth in mind, but most new businesses are looking for ways to develop. And when it’s exponential growth that they’re looking for, well, that’s where we get involved. For many, traditional fund-raising activities no longer suffice, or don’t suit their business. And they start to explore alternative funding options available – one being the route of corporate venturing, where larger organisations directly invest their corporate funds into external start-up companies. Corporate Venture [...]

2018-03-12T16:32:36+00:00March 1st, 2018|Corporate Venturing, News, SME Growth|Comments Off on Why entrepreneurs need help when it comes to Corporate Venture partnerships

Why your Organisation should be investing in Startups.

For a long time, corporates have been trying to show off how innovative they are. Whether they’re stimulating creativity through open plan offices, ping pong tables, an X-Box in the corner with oversized beanbags and multi-coloured jellybeans on tap, or whether they operate an open-door policy to all meetings, strategic planning sessions and even board discussions, one thing is certain – they are on a mission to discover the new – in whatever way they can. But the reality is that a lot of what they (and you) might be seeking, lies outside of your four walls; far beyond your [...]

2018-03-12T16:33:44+00:00February 14th, 2018|Corporate Venturing, News|Comments Off on Why your Organisation should be investing in Startups.

3 things holding entrepreneurs back from pursuing Corporate Venture partnerships

“While 95% of startups wish to develop long-term corporate partnerships, only 57% of them have done so.” – Boston Consulting Group Cisco’s John Chambers predicted, many years ago, that every company has, or will, become a tech company. Digital technologies have revamped almost every corporate function and activity. But where some companies simply change their process, other companies have dedicated their entire livelihood, and that of their teams, this. They delve deeply into finding the new, the better, the more efficient. They’re innovative – and they yearn to deliver change. They’re disrupting the marketplace and it’s because of this that [...]

2018-03-12T16:33:59+00:00February 13th, 2018|Corporate Venturing, News, SME Growth|Comments Off on 3 things holding entrepreneurs back from pursuing Corporate Venture partnerships

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