Corporate Venture Capital and Financing Innovation
University of Applied Sciences - Geneva School of Business Administration; University of Poitiers
Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications
February 15, 2011
Corporate venture capital (CVC) is a real driving force behind the development of technology-based innovation. It is an entrepreneurial strategy used by big corporations who go outside the company because they can no longer depend solely on creating innovations in-house. CVC enables them to reduce the risk of innovation whilst keeping some control over the target firm or a purchase option on the innovation once it has passed the early stage. This type of operation offers technology-based start-ups both an input of equity capital and technical and strategic expertise and experience. In spite of economic downturns, CVC continues to develop in the high-tech sectors which have been least affected; in particular in biotechnologies. The advantages which it brings to each stage of the project (launching, refinancing and exiting) compared to financing by traditional venture capital funds make its future development secure.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 12
Keywords: cvc, corporate venture capital, start-up, high-tech, innovation, venture capital
JEL Classification: G24, G31working papers series
Date posted: February 16, 2011
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