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|0 Comments

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.

The secrets to growth: Why Britain’s SME community is no different to Germany’s ‘Mittelstand’

There’s a movement sweeping the Germany economy. A powerhouse of SME growth that makes up 99% of Germany’s overall business economy. Over 3m of Germany’s businesses, making up the majority of the business landscape, are SME businesses – and are known as The Mittelstand. They, typically, have fewer than 500 employees and see annual revenues of up to 50 million Euros. However, it’s not the pure statistical categorisation that defines these businesses as being the Mittelstand. It’s something much stronger, and much more important. It’s a complete business mindset. A business culture so unique that the results of all those [...]

2018-04-12T09:48:52+00:00April 12th, 2018|Corporate Venturing, News, SME Growth|Comments Off on The secrets to growth: Why Britain’s SME community is no different to Germany’s ‘Mittelstand’

The 2 biggest issues restricting your innovation.

We won’t sugar-coat it. Launching an invention or innovation is tough. Both coming up with the idea, and getting it out to market. The United Kingdom has been at the epicentre of invention and innovation for many years, and as global competition grows, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the need to impress, be better, be first – where all hopes of creativity and innovation stifle, rather than strive. Thankfully, though, there is a silver lining. If you’ve been browsing around our website, you would have, more than likely, read about our founders and their solid background in industry. The [...]

2018-03-27T14:50:50+00:00March 27th, 2018|Corporate Venturing, News, SME Growth|Comments Off on The 2 biggest issues restricting your innovation.

While many take the high road, these organisations are trying something new, and winning.

There is no magic formula that makes acquisition successful. But doing your homework well enough is a sure way to be prepared for most eventualities. And being prepared is half of the battle, won. For many, it's not new news: entry into a new market brings the desire to penetrate, and monopolise that market through new product launches, a disruptive service offering or even simply through the introduction of a new status quo. SMEs are doing it all the time. In fact, almost daily, we read of the new, the most innovative taking over our headline news – and it’s [...]

2018-03-26T10:27:17+00:00March 26th, 2018|Corporate Venturing, News|Comments Off on While many take the high road, these organisations are trying something new, and winning.
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