Welcome to the June issue of the NVCA Corporate Venture Connection, our quarterly web magazine focused on delivering insights from the leaders of corporate venture investing.
As we begin the summer, we have a terrific issue of The Connection for you. We have an interview with Claudia Fan Munce of IBM where she discusses her long and interesting journey as head of venture capital for one of America’s most iconic companies.
We are very pleased to have Evangelos Simoudis writing for us this issue. He has put together an outstanding series on corporate venture capital that we are sure you will enjoy. Patty Burke of Accelevate talks about the key role that corporate venturing plays in corporate innovation. Finally, we have an update on corporate venturing data. As always, in our Events sections, we have identified some upcoming events that you might be interested in.
Enjoy the summer,
Managing Director, Motorola Solutions Venture Capital and Chair, NVCA CVG Communications Committee
Evangelos Simoudis is a seasoned venture investor and senior advisor to global corporations. We are thrilled to welcome Evangelos as a guest columnist for our June issue. Through a five-part series, Evangelos provides a detailed framework of corporate venture, models for success and disruption in this corporate venture investing.
As Managing Director of IBM Venture Capital Group and Vice President of IBM Corporate Strategy, Claudia Fan Munce leads a team that works with over 300 venture capital firms across 30 countries to advance IBM’s strategic goals for developing innovations worldwide. We interviewed Munce about IBM Venture Capital Group’s approach and to get more details on the billion dollar Watson initiative.
Patty Burke, partner and co-founder of Accelevate, provides insights from their latest research conducted in partnership with the California College of the Arts and Merrill Research exploring corporate innovation and venturing best practices in terms of culture, process, governance and barriers.
Corporate venture groups invested $2.2 billion in 196 deals to U.S.-based companies in the first quarter of 2015, according to the MoneyTree Report™ from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), based on data provided by Thomson Reuters.
The Applied Ventures team attended VentureScape, the NVCA’s premier annual gathering, and heard from a broad range of voices across the venture capital (VC) value chain on evolving innovation ecosystems. This year’s meeting themes centered on diversity, rise of the “Unicorns” (billion-dollar tech startups), innovations in venture investing, and the impact of corporate venture capitalism on the broader venture landscape.
Engage in a unique experience designed for corporate venturing leaders and innovation officers who will gather in Sunnyvale, CA on October 22, 2015 to share best practices, create opportunities to collaborate in areas of common interest and build networks with financial venture capitalists. Register to attend.
Register for the Global Corporate Venture Academy in September, the ICEX September meeting and more!