Investor Connect Podcast

Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing.

Overall, corporate VCs invest more than traditional VCs by about 2%.

Corporate VCs operate the same as traditional VCs with some exceptions:

  • Corporate VCs seek a strategic advantage rather than a financial return
  • Many don’t lead funding rounds but only follow them
  • They bring strategic support to the startup such as sales channels and industry partnerships
  • They focus on early to mid-stage companies primarily and avoid seed-stage startups
  • They invest based on the current strength of the corporation and don’t follow the traditional raise-a-fund-and-deploy-it cycle
  • They don’t exert substantial control over the company, compared to traditional VCs who seek a financial return in a specific timeframe
  • They don’t look for a strong financial return as the only exit option
  • Corporate VCs are measured by the impact of the investment into the startup, such as number of pilots and programs rather than startup sales growth
  • They don’t limit their investment horizon to the 10-ear fund cycle as a traditional VC does
  • Corporate VCs access deals primarily through their partnerships rather than the general market


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