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.”

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

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

Automotive, Mobility and Travel at GCVI Summit, Monterey, California

Author: Kaloyan Andonov, Reporter Tom Whitehouse, contributing editor at Global Corporate Venturing, chaired a sector spotlight session on the main stage at the GCVI Summit dubbed “Automotive, mobility, travel.” Tony Cannestra, director of corporate ventures at Denso, Meghan Sharp, managing director at BP Ventures –Americas, and Bonny Simi, president of JetBlue Technology Ventures, participated in … Continue reading Automotive, Mobility and Travel at GCVI Summit, Monterey, California

Q&A with Tony Cannestra, Director of Corporate Ventures at DENSO

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.        If you’re an investor or a start-up in the mobility, automotive and travel industry, and have news and views of interest to … Continue reading Q&A with Tony Cannestra, Director of Corporate Ventures at DENSO

Energy corporate venturing goes digital (data bytes meet drill bits) – Houston Nov 1st

“We’re increasingly seeing companies that are as appealing to the oil and gas sector as they are to renewables,” says Geert van de Wouw, MD, Shell Technology Ventures, the corporate venturing unit of the Netherlands and UK-based energy major. “For example, we invested in Maana, a big data solution for us and other players in … Continue reading Energy corporate venturing goes digital (data bytes meet drill bits) – Houston Nov 1st

Catalysing Houston venture growth after hurricane Harvey

Ahead of Corporate Venture Houston, GCV’s first Houston conference on November 1st, Kaloyan Andonov, GCV’s top analyst, and I spoke to Kemal Anbarci, vice-president and managing executive of Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV), the Houston-based venturing unit of oil and gas major Chevron. The conference, at Partnership Tower, will support Entrepreneurs for Houston, a charity providing … Continue reading Catalysing Houston venture growth after hurricane Harvey

Corporate Venture Houston – November 1st

On November 1st Global Corporate Venturing convenes its first conference in Houston with the following questions and themes on our agenda: Energy meets digital – what happens next? Industry 4.0 meets energy – what happens next? Superman vs Batman: Flying cars, autonomous vehicles and the future of energy Corporate venture responses to ‘lower for longer’: Where to … Continue reading Corporate Venture Houston – November 1st