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Best Practices in Working With Corporate VCs
Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing. In working with corporate VCs, follow these best practices: 1. Consider access to the R&D departments of the corporate VC and how much value that will add to your startup.…
How to Achieve Success Running a Corporate VC Fund
Corporate VCs can leverage their position in the industry to sign up good startups with an investment. The corporate VC brings a network of partners, distribution channels, a brand, an existing product line, and more.  An investment can leverage their research dollars and achieve more than if they build it…
Mistakes Companies Make With Corporate VCs
Companies setting up a corporate VC arm often make the following mistakes: Treating the corporate VC arm as purely an acquisition pipeline. There are several other ways to gain value from a corporate VC structure than just recruiting target acquisitions. Not taking enough risk in selecting startups to pursue. The…
How to Set Up a Corporate VC Fund
In setting up a corporate VC fund in your organization, consider the following: Start with the legal structure. You can either create an LLC legal entity for the fund or move the fund inside the corporate structure. Next, establish your investment thesis in alignment with your corporate strategic objectives.   Build…
How to Make the Corporate VC Fund Model Work
While traditional venture funds increase their fund size over time, corporate VCs should keep their fund size low. Traditional VCs seek higher compensation and can do so by increasing the size of the fund which increases their management fee. Corporate VCs are often compensated as employees of the company with…
How Corporate VCs Approach Venturing
There are several approaches corporate VCs can take in setting up their venture program: For finding innovations for current challenges the corporate VC can use collaborative innovation tools such as coding sprints, hackathons, or Xprize competitions. For generating new business concepts, utilize accelerators by either bringing in an existing program…
Types of Corporate VC Funding
Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing. Corporate VC funding continues to grow as companies look for innovation and startups look for funding opportunities. There are several types of corporate VC funds. Here are three: 1. Traditional…
Tools for Running a Corporate VC Program
There are several tools for the corporate VC to use in a venturing program. Here's a list to consider: - Hackathon - invite those in the industry or area to participate in a coding challenge to solve a particular problem. - Shared resources - provide the community with a set…
Mistakes Founders Make With Corporate VCs
Founders looking to raise funding from corporate VCs should avoid the following mistakes: 1. Not matching the corporate VC to the needs of the startup - corporate VCs bring not only money but strategic value. 2. Not understanding the corporate VC investment strategy - some corporate VCs invest for a…
Corporate VC Requirements of Founders
Startups looking to take corporate VC funding should be aware of the requirements put on founders. Here's a list to consider: - Corporate VCs may seek consent rights on contracts the startup enters with competitors. - They may seek higher levels of compliance on the part of the startup. -…