Q&A with Keith Gillard, Pangaea Ventures

This interview was conducted for ‘New Fusions in Advanced Materials Innovation and Corporate Venture Capital’, a new report from LEIF and Global Corporate Venturing. The report is sponsored by Airbus APWorks, the advanced materials and additive manufacturing subsidiary of Airbus, and Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (SAEV), the corporate venture capital subsidiary of Saudi Aramco. Pangaea Ventures is a … Continue reading Q&A with Keith Gillard, Pangaea Ventures

Q&A with Richard Riggs, Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures

This interview was conducted for ‘New Fusions in Advanced Materials Innovation and Corporate Venture Capital’, a new report from LEIF and Global Corporate Venturing. The report is sponsored by Airbus APWorks, the advanced materials and additive manufacturing subsidiary of Airbus, and Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (SAEV), the corporate venture capital subsidiary of Saudi Aramco. Headquartered in Dhahran with … Continue reading Q&A with Richard Riggs, Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures

Venture capital is like basketball

Tom Whitehouse

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“Thanks for reaching out Tom. [Client name] looks very interesting, but we don’t invest in companies outside of the US.”

I’m disappointed and surprised by the number of US clean-tech CVC, VC and family office investors that simply do not invest in European companies. Why not? The EU is a large market close to other large markets where the need for clean tech and resource innovation is as strong if not stronger than it is other parts of the world. There is great technology here.

What makes it worse is that by contrast, many European investors are desperate to invest in US companies, but sometimes struggle to get deals. We Europeans (I’m a Brit, just in case you were wondering) want to invest in the US, but we’re not let in. It doesn’t seem fair.

I’m realising that venture capital is like basketball; invented in the US, done in Europe…

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