Types of Corporate VC Funding

Types of Corporate VC Funding

June 11, 2021 by investor

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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 investment fund 

– This fund looks and acts like a traditional VC fund. 
– They’ve set up a fund for the program and source and diligence deals similar to a traditional VC fund.
– They invest for financial reasons and can primarily provide management support.

2. Strategic investment fund

– They invest off the balance sheet and for strategic purposes.
– They don’t look for a financial return but rather collaborations.
– The team is small but works full time on the fund.
– They invest not only financial resources but also strategic ones such as partnerships and sales channel access.

3. Opportunity investment fund

– They often invest off the balance sheet and invest solely for specific projects.
– The team is not full-time and consists of members from various departments.
– They are typically product-focused and seek the investment to fill a product need.
– They provide limited strategic and financial support. 

Make sure the type of corporate VC matches the needs of your startup.


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