BP Ventures in China – “I don’t expect to find limitations.”

I enjoyed speaking to Jin Hu, BP Ventures’ Shanghai-based China Lead, about how she is ‘re-adapting’ to her country of birth after 16 years in the UK. She sets out also the strategic rationale behind BP’s $10m backing of NIO Capital and pledges to demonstrate value to venture investors in China, which in her opinion … Continue reading BP Ventures in China – “I don’t expect to find limitations.”

Accenture Ventures’ Mike Redding – “We really believe in human + machine”

@Accenture Ventures’ Mike Redding sets out a venturing strategy based on the belief in “human + machine ... That’s how we are going to unlock productivity”. He cites @maanaknowledge as “massively transformative. And energy is just ripe to adopt it.” Other issues discussed: One of Accenture Venture’s strategic platforms, Industry X.0, allows a digital transformation … Continue reading Accenture Ventures’ Mike Redding – “We really believe in human + machine”

Q&A with Barbara Burger, President of Chevron Technology Ventures

I really enjoyed interviewing Barbara Burger about Chevron Technology Ventures’ new Future Energy Fund and about Global Corporate Venturing’s Houston conference in November, which, I’m very happy to say, she is co-chairing, and which Chevron is co-sponsoring. Barbara is challenging GCV to “include all aspects of the energy vertical." But she also wants to see … Continue reading Q&A with Barbara Burger, President of Chevron Technology Ventures

5 minutes to charge an EV – BP Ventures for advanced mobility

Speaking before the announcement that BP is buying Chargemaster, BP Ventures’ Akira Kirton sets out a platform-based corporate #VC strategy designed to help BP become a global “leader in advanced mobility”. The investment in @StoreDotLtd alongside @Daimler, Samsung and TDK, is designed to create #EVs that are chargeable in 5 minutes “on a BP Forecourt”. … Continue reading 5 minutes to charge an EV – BP Ventures for advanced mobility

Africa – the next great venturing opportunity.

I had the pleasure of speaking to Chanzo Capital’s Eric at the GCV conference in London last month (see YouTube link below) and learned the following: African innovation will be rolled out globally because its spark – the need for low-cost infrastructure and development (financial, environmental, agricultural, social) – is also global. The world’s problems … Continue reading Africa – the next great venturing opportunity.

Switching Israel on to energy venturing

For a country whose innovation track record is world-beating in so many industries – e.g. ag-tech, water-tech, auto-tech (particularly in connectivity, cyber-security, and computer vision) - the Start-up Nation’s contribution to solving energy problems is surprisingly weak. Why is this? And is it about to change? These were the two main questions discussed on a … Continue reading Switching Israel on to energy venturing

CVC-backed mobility, auto & travel innovation: Case study 3 – BP Ventures

This is an excerpt from ‘Corporate Venturing and the Future of Mobility, Automotive and Travel’, a new report from Global Corporate Venturing and LEIF, which is sponsored by BP Ventures, Denso International America, and JetBlue Technology Ventures.  BP Ventures' MD, Akira Kirton, and JetBlue Technology Ventures' president, Bonny Simi, are among the speakers at GCV's annual symposium in London next month. Corporate … Continue reading CVC-backed mobility, auto & travel innovation: Case study 3 – BP Ventures

CVC-backed mobility, automotive & travel innovation: Case study 2 – Denso International America

  This is an excerpt from ‘Corporate Venturing and the Future of Mobility, Automotive and Travel’, a new report from Global Corporate Venturing and LEIF, which is sponsored by BP Ventures, Denso International America, and JetBlue Technology Ventures.  BP Ventures' MD, Akira Kirton, and JetBlue Technology Ventures' president, Bonny Simi, are among the speakers at GCV's annual symposium in London next month. … Continue reading CVC-backed mobility, automotive & travel innovation: Case study 2 – Denso International America

CVC-backed mobility, automotive & travel innovation: Case study 1 – JetBlue Technology Ventures

This is an excerpt from ‘Corporate Venturing and the Future of Mobility, Automotive and Travel’, a new report from Global Corporate Venturing and LEIF, which is sponsored by BP Ventures, Denso International America, and JetBlue Technology Ventures.  BP Ventures' MD, Akira Kirton, and JetBlue Technology Ventures' president, Bonny Simi, are among the speakers at GCV's annual symposium in London next month. Corporate … Continue reading CVC-backed mobility, automotive & travel innovation: Case study 1 – JetBlue Technology Ventures

Corporate venturing and the future of mobility, automotive & travel – April 2018

Tom Whitehouse and Kaloyan Andonov Has venturing in auto-tech peaked? CVCs plug into EV. Adventures in travel-tech This is an excerpt from ‘Corporate Venturing and the Future of Mobility, Automotive and Travel’, a new report from Global Corporate Venturing and LEIF, which is sponsored by BP Ventures, Denso International America, and JetBlue Technology Ventures. 1. … Continue reading Corporate venturing and the future of mobility, automotive & travel – April 2018

Fast-charged and increasingly mobile, BP Ventures’ Meghan Sharp gets personal about transport

This is an excerpt from ‘Corporate Venturing and the Future of Mobility, Automotive and Travel’, a new report from Global Corporate Venturing and LEIF, which is sponsored by BP Ventures, Denso International America, and JetBlue Technology Ventures.      I hired a car to drive from San Francisco to Monterey for GCV’s summit earlier this year. This London-based Brit enjoyed the sun, … Continue reading Fast-charged and increasingly mobile, BP Ventures’ Meghan Sharp gets personal about transport