Over the years we have pioneered corporate venturing, handling focused venture investment programmes on behalf of UK companies. We are always delighted to undertake preliminary discussions with any organisation considering the introduction of a corporate venturing programme.
Corporate venturing is subject to changes in fashion, and many corporate entities interested in venture-style investments currently prefer to have dedicated internal teams. This preference arises from a belief that the investment focus will be more specific to their needs, and that greater benefits will ensue.
Our experience however, backed by empirical research, indicates that this belief is far from accurate. Performance surveys do not validate this hypothesis, as internal teams are typically focused on the underlying technology and relevance to their parent company, and not on the profitable development of the investee business. Moreover, internal teams are unlikely to be able to draw upon the breadth of commercial experience required for successful venture investing.
The chances of successful corporate venturing programmes are greatly enhanced with the addition of expertise and perspectives external to the venturing entity.