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Corporate Innovations


Venture capital arms of corporations are becoming a larger segment of the venture capital asset class.  According to the MoneyTree Report by the National Venture Capital Association and PricewaterhouseCoopers, with data from ThomsonReuters, corporate venture groups invested $993.6 million in 176 deals in US-based companies in 3Q14.

Below is additional data from the third quarter report:

  • Corporate venture accounted for 10.0% of all venture dollars invested and 17.2% of all venture deals in the third quarter, marking the strongest quarter of 2014 as a percentage of total venture investing.
  • If this pace continues, 2014 will mark the strongest year for corporate venture investing since 2000.
  • As a percentage of overall venture investing in the software industry in 2014, corporate venture represents 9.4% of total dollars invested and 19.7% of deals.

We continue to see a growing interest by corporations to invest in startups — allowing these corporations to keep an eye on the latest technology and innovations.  The Report’s raw data can be found here.