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

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, 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

Corporate VCs filling holes on the road to autonomous vehicles – Part 2: Q&A with Brian Lowry, Investment Manager at Caterpillar Ventures

I interviewed Brian Lowry for ‘Venturing and the future of mobility and automotive technology’, a Global Corporate Venturing report to be published later in November ahead of the December 1st conference in London of the same name. If you have strong views on the future of mobility and you’d like to be interviewed for the … Continue reading Corporate VCs filling holes on the road to autonomous vehicles – Part 2: Q&A with Brian Lowry, Investment Manager at Caterpillar Ventures

How to raise capital from corporate VCs

10 pieces of advice for advanced material and physical sciences start-ups Tom Whitehouse, Chairman of LEIF (an advisory business) and Contributing Editor, Global Corporate Venturing Treat capital-raising as a business development exercise Keep it complicated (but not too complicated) Start raising capital from corporate VCs before you need it Allocate time efficiently Don’t limit your … Continue reading How to raise capital from corporate VCs