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Compensation conundrum: CVCs grapple with pressure to pay like a VC

As corporate venture capital units compete more with financial VC firms for talented investors, they are having to get creative on compensation packages.

Jul 24, 2023

Six ways to increase university spinout success

Spinout creation rates vary wildly at universities and intelligent capital and corporate partners have a big role in changing the numbers.

Jul 14, 2023

Four things all incubators can learn from BASF's Chemovator

Invest like a VC, lean into corporate expertise, bring in external entrepreneurs and set up the unit with as much independence as possible.

Jul 10, 2023

Corporate investors go for squad goals

From joint startup prize competitions to joint investment funds, corporates are increasingly joining forces to source innovation.

Jul 6, 2023

Why business development is CVC’s latest hot-ticket role

Corporate investment units that have business development embedded in their teams tend to outperform those that do without.

Jul 4, 2023

Five tips for handling a down round

Knowing your co-investors — and voting rights — extremely well is essential, says Merck GHI’s Bill Taranto.

Jun 21, 2023

“Hope is not a strategy,” says MSD GHI’s Taranto

It is time for startups and investors to get pragmatic about down rounds

Jun 8, 2023

How to manage a new boss who wants to cut spending

The economic downturn has made corporate venture capital units vulnerable to restructurings and budget cuts. What should you do when the mothership assigns you a new boss who wants to change direction?

Jun 6, 2023

Other News

The 10 best corporate VC investments of the digital age: Part One

We look at some of the greatest corporate VC investments, from a $2.5m investment in a future $170bn company in the 80's to a deal in the wake of the dotcom boom that has produced $130bn.

Jun 1, 2023

CVCs: Here’s what you need to know about venture studios

More corporations are setting up venture studios. They work well with CVC units as long as you understand the strengths of each.

May 21, 2023

How to take your CVC unit to the next level

As corporate investment units get bigger, they need a mix of skillsets and career levels — and a good COO to manage them.

May 12, 2023

These things surprise financial investors when they move into CVC

Cogent Venture Partners' Mario Augusto Maia talks about the transition from financial asset management to CVC, and how to deal with the hurdles involved.

May 11, 2023

How to build a business development team at your CVC unit

Some 38% of CVC units have a team dedicated to helping portfolio companies make business connections. It is increasingly becoming a secret weapon for investors as portfolio valuations come under strain.

Apr 25, 2023

What happens when you join the billion dollar CVC club?

A small but growing number of CVCs are quietly reaching fund sizes of more than $1bn. When they get there, life changes in some ways.

Apr 12, 2023

Editor's Picks

Six ways to increase university spinout success

Spinout creation rates vary wildly at universities and intelligent capital and corporate partners have a big role in changing the numbers.

Jul 14, 2023

Four things all incubators can learn from BASF's Chemovator

Invest like a VC, lean into corporate expertise, bring in external entrepreneurs and set up the unit with as much independence as possible.

Jul 10, 2023

Corporate investors go for squad goals

From joint startup prize competitions to joint investment funds, corporates are increasingly joining forces to source innovation.

Jul 6, 2023

Why business development is CVC’s latest hot-ticket role

Corporate investment units that have business development embedded in their teams tend to outperform those that do without.

Jul 4, 2023
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