Corporate Venture Capital Directory—USA Many Corporates Have Venture Capital Arms Investing in Innovations in Their Sector

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corporate venture capitalCorporate Venture Capital Directory—USA: The Corporate Venture Capital Directory—USA lists most of the big corporate investors. Corporate Venture Capital (CVC) involves large firms taking an equity stake in a small but innovative or specialist private ventures including startups and early stage companies, to which it may also provide management, technical, marketing, or other expertise in the parent company; the objective is to gain a specific competitive advantage. So they are not entirely disinterested partners, but then neither are VC firms themselves. In contrast to individual venture capitalists, who are predominantly focused on financial returns, most CVCs seek strategic benefits in addition to financial returns.

“CVCs provide a way for established companies to extend their ecosystem in key strategic areas, while getting early access to new technologies and capabilities. This enables them to gather insights and enhance their current business without having to incur the hefty costs of building from scratch or making a complete acquisition”, says EY Parthenon.

The heaviest concentration of corporate venture capital operations are in the field of new technology in many sectors. If you are starting a venture without significant growth opportunities or in an established technology, this is probably not the place to look for funding. Many of the CVCs partner with other VCs when they invest. CVC-backed deals climbed to a record 1,317 in Q1’22 as funding fell 19% to $37B, according to CB Insights.

CVC Benefits and Risks for the Entrepreneur

The entrepreneur has potentially both much to gain and to lose from the backing of CVC.

Benefits Risks
  • networking with CVC’s community
  • management skills and advice
  • domain expertise
  • big company procurement strength
  • access to stimulating advice
  • market validation in-house
  • built-in distribution system
  • investor as customer
  • easy exit option
  • investment may be to stifle competition
  • corporate unused to startup culture
  • conflict of values or objectives
  • bureaucratic decision making
  • lack of freedom
  • corporate agenda
  • pressure to be acquired
  • performance expectations
  • easy closure

Corporate Venture Capital in Your Sector

You can choose the investor from the Corporate Venture Capital Directory—USA that fits your market sector and see if it has criteria that you can meet, and that its demands are not going to compromise unduly your own purpose. Obviously the Corporate Venture Capital operation is going to seek synergy between its own intentions/assets and yours.

The Corporate Venture Capital Directory—USA lists by name, with a link to its website and the sectors in which they are interested. You will need to look much more closely at any that are of interest, to see what compatibility your venture may have with their aspirations. By the time you make contact, you will need to have thought very carefully about any potential clash of interests. The giant’s purpose may be very different to yours and you will want to avoid ‘cannibalism’!

The corporate venture field is growing and sometimes the presence of corporate venture capital activity is not always widely promoted by corporations. It’s well worth checking out big corporations in your sector, to see which ones are doing corporate venture capital. The information in the Corporate Venture Capital Directory—USA is updated, but is not a full coverage of all the corporate venture capital funds that exist, and the focus is on US funds. We would be very grateful to hear of ones that are not yet listed, or corrections to the entries below.

Corporate Venture Capital Directory—USA

  1. 7-Ventures: (7-Eleven® CVC): startups that complement 7‑Eleven’s mission of convenience.
  2. AB Health Ventures: startups transforming the future of healthcare, creating healthier futures for people and animals.
  3. Allstate Strategic Ventures: startups whose disruptive technologies help shape the future of insurance and adjacent sectors.
  4. Amex Ventures: portfolio companies pioneer advances that transform how businesses and consumers interact.
  5. Ascension Venturesa strategic healthcare venture fund with more than $800 million in capital under management.
  6. Avery Dennison CVC: emerging technology and materials science companies.
  7. AXA Strategic Ventures: technologies that shape insurance: enterprise software, fintech, consumer, digital health.
  8. BASF Venture Capital: chemistry, new materials, sustainability, digitization and new, disruptive business models.
  9. Baxter Ventures: therapeutic areas in critical, hospital, nutritional, renal and surgical care, and others.
  10. Bloomberg Beta: bringing transparency to markets, with strong, open cultures embracing technology.
  11. Booz Allen Ventures: invests in software innovation and capabilities positioned to disrupt the federal technology market.
  12. Caterpillar Ventures: startups infrastructure and resource industries.
  13. Cisco Investments: disruptive businesses committed to shaping the future of the networking ecosystem.
  14. Citi Ventures: category-defining startups with potential to augment and enhance Citi’s products and services.
  15. Comcast Ventures: focuses its investments in advertising, consumer, enterprise and infrastructure.
  16. CVS Health Ventures: high-potential, startups making healthcare more accessible, affordable, and simpler.
  17. Dell Technologies Capital: investments in disruptive, early-stage startups in enterprise and cloud infrastructure.
  18. Deutsche Bank CVC: companies that use technology to support or enable banking and financial services.
  19. Dow Venture Capital: technologies for clean water, renewable energy, and increasing agricultural productivity.
  20. Eighteen94 Capital: was formed by Kellogg’s to back food-industry consumer products.
  21. Enterprise Holdings: emerging transportation technology and mobility companies.
  22. Engage is designed to promote innovation through a network of connections between startups, corporations, university researchers, and the venture community and is based in Atlanta. Companies involved include Coca-Cola, Delta, Honeywell and many others.
  23. GE Ventures: ideas within software, healthcare, energy and advanced manufacturing.
  24. GM Ventures: growth-stage innovative companies to ensure GM’s customers have access to the best technology.
  25. GV: (Alphabet CVC):life science, healthcare, artificial intelligence, robotics, transportation, cyber security, & agriculture.
  26. Home Depot Ventures: emerging technologies to improve the customer experience and shape the future of home improvement.
  27. IBM Venture Capital Group: new complementary technologies for the industries and customers served by IBM.
  28. Intel Capital: Cloud, Devices, Frontier and Silicon, the four domains that feed into the future of compute.
  29. INX CVC Program: nnovative businesses with relevance to the global printing inks and coatings industry.
  30. JetBlue Technology Ventures: invests in early-stage startups improving travel and hospitality.
  31. Johnson & Johnson Innovation: ideas in pharmaceuticals, consumer and medical devices sectors.
  32. Kaiser Permanente Ventures: partners with entrepreneurs to advance clinical quality, service and affordability.
  33. Lilly Ventures: invests in life science innovations that have the potential to create a pipeline of life changing medicines.
  34. Louis Dreyfus Company: startups with innovative and sustainable products and technologies in agriculture and food.
  35. M12 (Microsoft CVC): AI/machine learning, data/analytics, SAAS, cloud, emerging tech, productivity & comms, security.
  36. Mass Mutual Ventures: financial technology, cybersecurity, data analytics, digital health & enterprise software.
  37. Merck Ventures: medicines, vaccines, and animal health products.
  38. Motorola Solutions Venture Capital: mission critical communications & intelligence-driven public safety products.
  39. NG Partners: invests entrepreneurs with a provocative vision for Energy & IT.
  40. Next 47: (Siemens CVC): new markets in electrification, automation and digitization.
  41. Nokia Growth Partners: connected enterprise, consumer solutions, connected car, digital health and enabling tech.
  42. Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Ventures: personal finance, health & wellness.
  43. Novartis Venture Fund looks for unmet need and clinical impact, novel proprietary science.
  44. Pfizer Venture Investments: therapeutics, platform tech, diagnostics, drug delivery, pharma services, healthcare IT.
  45. Porche Ventures: automotive startups.
  46. Qualcomm Ventures: wireless, especially virtual reality, the internet of things, robotics, cloud, and wireless health.
  47. Roche Venture Fund: innovative life science companies for financial return to Roche.
  48. Salesforce Ventures: (Salesforce CVC) focused on creating the world’s largest ecosystem of enterprise cloud companies.
  49. Samsung Venture Investment: semiconductors, telecoms, software/Internet, bio engineering/medical, film/video.
  50. Slack Fund: where & how people work—for Slack customers or to support developers using the Slack API.
  51. SR One: (GlaxoSmithKline CVC): emerging life science companies pursuing innovations to impact medical care.
  52. State Farm Ventures: meeting customer needs in ways they wouldn’t think possible with their insurance company.
  53. TDK Ventures: early-stage hard-tech projects creating a new era of sustainability and social value.
  54. Tin Shed Ventures: (Patagonia CVC): environmentally and socially responsible start-up companies.
  55. Tyson Ventures: invests in sustainable nutrition.
  56. Unilever Ventures: providing access to Unilever’s global ecosystem in personal care and digital.
  57. United Airlines Ventures: investing in new technologies and sustainable solutions to improve customer travel experience.
  58. Verizon Ventures: devices/hardware, media/entertainment, advertising, infrastructure/networking, data/analytics.
  59. Warner Media Investments: invests in early to mid-stage companies that generate strategic value for WarnerMedia.
  60. Wipro Ventures: invests in early to mid-stage companies building innovative enterprise software solutions.

PLEASE NOTE: If you make contact with any of these organizations, it would be very kind if you would tell them that you came to know about them through Thank you. You may want to to check out our other helpful directories, especially those on funding.

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