Tools for Running a Corporate VC Program

Tools for Running a Corporate VC Program

June 10, 2021 by investor

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 of tools and data sets and invite open community collaboration.
– Challenge prize – offer a cash prize for the winner of a competition.
– Corporate venture capital – offer investments into startups that meet specific criteria.
– Commercial incubators – set up a partnership with incubators to provide support in exchange for access to deal flow.
– Internal incubators – set up an internal incubator and invite employees and partners to participate.
– Strategic partnership – set up partner programs with accelerators, venture capitalists, and other groups to provide deal flow.
– M&A program – set up a program for acquiring companies and onboarding into the corporation.

Consider augmenting your corporate venture fund with these tools and activities. 


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