Corporate venturing is the cool new shiny toy in the innovation playbook. So cool and shiny, that I'm losing track of the new CVC arms being launched- eager to join the VC bandwagon, and provide an added ooomph-factor to their innovation pursuits. Being a corporate investor has never been sexier than now. But launching a … Continue reading The 7 Deadly Sins of launching a Corporate VC
Venture-funding in the Swiss startup ecosystem is at an all-time high, with a record-breaking CHF 1.24 billion invested in 2018. In parallel, the number of new funds and the fundraising volume is also exploding- with close to 20 VC funds expected to close in 2019-2020, bringing an approximate CHF 2 billion in liquidity to the … Continue reading The average Swiss startup raises CHF 21M before exiting- but is this too fast to last?
Over the last couple of years, corporates have increasingly started launching specialized startup investment funds, accelerators and other financial vehicles- competing directly with VCs to invest in the hottest startups and tech. In 2016 alone, corporate investors (CVCs) invested $32.2 billion across 1,203 startup deals, nearly one third of the total $71.6 billion venture capital … Continue reading Here’s why corporate venturing is to blame for the startup valuation bubble