Let’s roll before we can fly: GM Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures and JetBlue Technology Ventures expect autonomous ground-based vehicles to succeed more quickly than flying cars.

Flying Cars vs Autonomous Vehicles - Which will win the race to dominate urban mobility? Part 3 This is the third in a series of articles published ahead of a debate I’m moderating between François Auque of Airbus Ventures and Jason Ball of Qualcomm Ventures at the GCV Symposium in London on the future of … Continue reading Let’s roll before we can fly: GM Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures and JetBlue Technology Ventures expect autonomous ground-based vehicles to succeed more quickly than flying cars.

Flying Cars vs Autonomous Vehicles – Which will win the race to dominate urban mobility? Part 2

Airbus Ventures backs flying cars: Interview with Thomas d’Halluin This is the second in a series of articles published ahead of a debate I’m moderating between François Auque of Airbus Ventures and Jason Ball of Qualcomm Ventures at the GCV Symposium in London on the future of urban and inter-urban transportation. The articles will be … Continue reading Flying Cars vs Autonomous Vehicles – Which will win the race to dominate urban mobility? Part 2

Flying Cars vs Autonomous Vehicles – Which will win the race to dominate urban mobility?

The oncoming dog fight between planes, connected autonomous vehicles and flying cars. Part 1. This is the first in a series of articles to be published ahead of a debate I’m moderating between François Auque of Airbus Ventures in Paris and Jason Ball of Qualcomm Ventures at the GCV Symposium in London on the future of … Continue reading Flying Cars vs Autonomous Vehicles – Which will win the race to dominate urban mobility?

The missing link: Overcoming Britain’s failure to commercialise advanced materials

This blog accompanies the GCV Advanced Materials Society November 10th conference and report, ‘Venturing in the advanced materials and manufacturing nexus’, which is sponsored by Peloton Advisors, Innovate UK, Enso Ventures and Norton Rose Fulbright. Peloton builds boards and management teams for young technology and engineering businesses. Working with private and public companies, the main … Continue reading The missing link: Overcoming Britain’s failure to commercialise advanced materials

Innovate UK – De-risking advanced materials technologies for corporate VCs

This blog accompanies the GCV Advanced Materials Society November 10th conference and report, ‘Venturing in the advanced materials and manufacturing nexus’. Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation’s agency. It works with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy. Since 2007, Innovate UK … Continue reading Innovate UK – De-risking advanced materials technologies for corporate VCs

Chemicals meets wearables via 3D printing

This blog was initially published in the September issue of Global Corporate Venturing. Disclosure: Enso Ventures (quoted below) is a sponsor of the Advanced Materials Society (AMS) programme, Venturing in the Advanced Materials & Manufacturing Nexus. The Advanced Materials Society is co-organised by LEIF. Alex Baum of Evonik Venture Capital, an investor in Wiivv (see below) will be … Continue reading Chemicals meets wearables via 3D printing

Q&A with Kirill Mudryy, Enso Ventures

Q&A with Kirill Mudryy, Enso Ventures  This blog accompanies the GCV Advanced Materials Society November 10th conference and report, ‘Venturing in the advanced materials and manufacturing nexus’, which is sponsored by Enso Ventures and Peloton Advisors. The conference will be hosted by Norton Rose Fullbright. Please contact me if you'd like to find out more about the … Continue reading Q&A with Kirill Mudryy, Enso Ventures

Q&A with Graham Howes, BP Ventures

Graham Howes is a technology manager at BP ventures, where his responsibilities include advanced materials investing and interaction with the International Centre for Advanced Materials, which was set up by BP with a $100m investment in 2012. This interview was conducted for ‘New Fusions in Advanced Materials Innovation and Corporate Venture Capital’, a new report from … Continue reading Q&A with Graham Howes, BP 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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