A NOTE FROM NVCA PRESIDENT & CEO BOBBY FRANKLIN
Today, we are launching the Corporate Venture Connection to serve as your resource for the issues, ideas and best practices that matter to corporate venture capital investors. In the first issue of the Corporate Venture Connection, we are setting the tone with thoughtful pieces on the industry from leading corporate venture practitioners and a set of robust resources providing information about corporate venture events. This issue features an interview from Declan Denehan, Managing Director of BNY Mellon with Nagraj Kashyap of Qualcomm Ventures, which invites readers to learn more about Qualcomm’s investment model, method for benchmarking its strategic value and where the company is headed.
When I joined the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) last year as President and CEO, what drew me to our organization was the incredible diversity of investors, corporations, service-providers, institutions, and universities committed to the work of building and growing new companies in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the U.S.
A key part of my vision and mission for the NVCA is to convene and connect the wide range of players who are driving innovations in the ways people communicate, consume energy, manufacture, travel, solve unmet medical needs and everything in between. The largest companies in the world play a critical role in the innovation ecosystem – in many cases, they too started as small venture-backed companies – which is why corporate venture capital investors have always been a core part of the NVCA.
Over the past ten years, the number of corporate venture members of the NVCA has more than doubled. In 2013, corporate venture firms provided an estimated 10.5% of the venture capital invested by all venture groups and were involved in 16.9% of the deals – the highest level in five years. NVCA brings together our corporate venture members throughout the year during the Corporate Venture Fall Summit, Deep Dives at our annual meeting VentureScape and monthly Corporate Venture Group Coffee Pot discussions.
We are proud to share this inaugural issue of the Corporate Venture Connection with you and look forward to hearing your feedback on this new forum to connect corporate venture investors.