Filling holes on the road to autonomous vehicles – Part 1: what are non-automotive corporate VCs up to?

Varun Jain, early stage investor at Qualcomm Ventures (interviewed below) will lead a session on ‘Holes on the road to autonomy and how to fill them’ at the December 1st GCV conference ‘Venturing and the Future of Mobility and Automotive Technology’. In addition to Qualcomm Ventures, the corporate VCs interviewed for this article are Nokia … Continue reading Filling holes on the road to autonomous vehicles – Part 1: what are non-automotive corporate VCs up to?

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 stupid Start raising capital from corporate VCs long before you need it Allocate time efficiently Don’t limit your exit options … Continue reading How to raise capital from corporate VCs

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

Oscillated, not stirred: NiTech Solutions’ license to crystallise (continuously)

Q&A with Paul Hodges, Chairman of NiTech Solutions 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, and which will feature NiTech Solutions in the 'Giants of Tomorrow' session. Please contact me if you'd like to … Continue reading Oscillated, not stirred: NiTech Solutions’ license to crystallise (continuously)

7 things I learned at the GCV Symposium

I moderated two sessions at the annual symposium of Global Corporate Venturing; one on 'collaboration within the corporation' with David Eyton, Head of Technology at BP, and Issam Dairanieh, head of BP Ventures (that's us in the photo); the second on advanced materials with Andrew Haughian of Pangaea Ventures, Nuno Carvalho of Bekaert Venturing, Richard … Continue reading 7 things I learned at the GCV Symposium

India – the world’s biggest solar opportunity?

Guest blog by Ram Nandakumar, CEO, Armstrong Energy Global  Ram will be speaking at ‘India – The best solar investment opportunity in the world today?’ – a roundtable discussion in London organised by the London Environmental Investment Forum on June 30th. For details, see http://www.london-eif.com/events.html At Armstrong Energy Global (AEG), a London-based solar power developer and operator, … Continue reading India – the world’s biggest solar opportunity?

Q&A with Andrew Newman, Armstrong Energy Global

Andrew Newman will be among the speakers at ‘Investing in Indian Solar’, a LEIF roundtable discussion in London on June 30th. For details on the event, please click here. Guest blog: Julia Hawkins, Ashden PR and Digital Media Manager Andrew Newman is Director and Co-Founder of Armstrong Energy Global.I found out why he is convinced that India's … Continue reading Q&A with Andrew Newman, Armstrong Energy Global

8 top battery start-ups with corporate backers

Tom Whitehouse, LEIF Chairman This is an extract from the GCV LEIF Brief on Batteries Innovation, which will be published by Global Corporate Venturing in July. Please contact me if you would like to sponsor this report and/or be featured in it as a batteries innovator. Previous GCV LEIF reports can be seen at: http://www.london-eif.com/research.html  I … Continue reading 8 top battery start-ups with corporate backers