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The big debate: Should board seats go to CVCs or business units?

Some say it is the job of the CVC investment professional, while others say business unit heads can be more effective on startup boards.

Apr 18, 2024

Ask the experts: What to do when business units want to invest,…

Our monthly advice column in which an expert panel gives advice on common problems in corporate venturing.

Mar 28, 2024

Communicate, be resilient, and know when to leave: how CVC units can…

Creating a resilient strategy, constantly communicating their value and knowing when to spin out will help corporate investment units increase their longevity.

Mar 20, 2024

Venturing helps the corporate bottom line — but only if you do…

In fact, doing it badly is worse than not having any CVC activity at all.

Mar 13, 2024

Companies with active CVC units perform better — the full analysis

Global Corporate Venturing analysis indicates that companies with active CVC programmes have higher revenue, EBITDA and cash flow growth.

Mar 13, 2024

Planning a secondary sale of your startup stake? Read this first.

The European VC market is expected to see a boom in secondary sales as investors search for liquidity. But there are a few hurdles to clear in such deals.

Feb 22, 2024

How to lead a startup funding round

Key mistakes to avoid include over-complicating term sheets, not taking time to understand co-investors, leading twice in a row.

Feb 14, 2024

How to invest in gen AI amid regulatory uncertainty

Regulation of generative AI is still shifting, so how should investors place bets on startups? Here are nine things to consider.

Feb 9, 2024

Other News

How to make the most of a smaller fund

Smaller corporate venture funds — those with less than $50m — can use their slim size as an advantage if they plan well and have a laser-like focus.

Feb 6, 2024

CVCs must show how they differ from VCs

Corporate investors backed 27% fewer funding round in 2023, but CVC units are increasingly resilient and sophisticated in strategy.

Jan 22, 2024

It's not just the money: the growing importance of VC platform jobs

A decade ago there was hardly a name for it. Today venture capital platform roles are a crucial way for investment firms to attract startups.

Dec 18, 2023

Forming your board is a game of strategy. Here's how to play.

Every startup will need to give away board seats, but founders can shape the boardroom for success – here’s how.

Nov 26, 2023

A "new norm" is needed for startup-corporate collaboration

Interactions between startups and corporates often fail to produce meaningful results. Some internal changes can help - but is achieving a breakthrough possible without digital assistance?

Oct 12, 2023

Are CVC investors moving from followers to leaders?

CVCs appear to be increasingly comfortable with taking a leading role in startup funding rounds — does this mark a permanent shift?

Sep 29, 2023

Editor's Picks

Ask the experts: What to do when business units want to invest,…

Our monthly advice column in which an expert panel gives advice on common problems in corporate venturing.

Mar 28, 2024

Forming your board is a game of strategy. Here's how to play.

Every startup will need to give away board seats, but founders can shape the boardroom for success – here’s how.

Nov 26, 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
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