Corporations and the Financing of Innovation: The Corporate Venturing Experience

Posted: 1 Dec 2009

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Paul A. Gompers

Harvard Business School - Finance Unit; Harvard University - Entrepreneurial Management Unit; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Date Written: 2002


In the last forty years corporate venture programs in the United States were characterized by a cyclic nature, a time during which corporate venture programs were often halted before the fruits from the investment activity could be realized.Presenting the history, structure, and performance of corporate venture programs in the United States, it is demonstrated that the corporate venture capital market in the United States has gone through three waves of activity that track the overall independent nature of the venture capital market. Using data obtained from VentureOne on organizations that received venture capital financing, the trends of corporate venture investments and strategies adopted by investors are analyzed. The analysis reveals that the strategic fit between corporate venture capital investments and the parent corporation's business significantly increased and that such investments were often made in related industries. In addition, contrary to previous assumptions corporate venture capital investments in general have been more successful than independent venture capital investments. Corporations have gradually adopted some of the best practices from independent venture capital sector and that success of corporate venture investing has increased over time. (VRS)

Keywords: VentureOne dataset, Financial markets, Venture capital, Innovation process, Financing, Capital investments, Corporate ventures, Investments

Suggested Citation

Gompers, Paul A., Corporations and the Financing of Innovation: The Corporate Venturing Experience (2002). University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership Historical Research Reference in Entrepreneurship, Available at SSRN:

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