Corporate venturing in Europe
VentureBeat, one of the most popular blogs in the global startup ecosystem, has recently published 'Everything you need to know about corporate venture capital in Europe' by Sirris expert Omar Mohout.
Corporate venture capital (CVC) is an investment by a corporate (fund) into external startups in order to make a financial return or to gain a competitive advantage. CVC is a polarizing subject and opinions are divided. Fred Wilson from Union Square Ventures believes that it’s evil and corporates should not invest in startups but simply buy them. While Marc Andreessen from Andreessen Horowitz on the other hand is co-investing with corporations such as General Electric. Whatever the opinions are, fact is that CVC is on the rise, also in the old continent.
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