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1 Oct 2019

Report on Global Corporate Venturing Research Data

The report delves into the most recent data on global investments in external startups, made by outside-in corporate venturing units. These units are on the rise and becoming increasingly active. US- based corporate VCs in 2018, for example, made the majority of total investments in external startups for the first time. Authors: Joshua Eckblad, Tobias Gutmann, and Christian Lindener

link to the document: https://www.corporateventuringresearch.org/quick-links/#report

The report delves into the most recent data on global investments in external startups, made by outside-in corporate venturing units. These units are on the rise and becoming increasingly active. USbased corporate VCs in 2018, for example, made the majority of total investments in external startups for the first time (PitchBook Analyst Note: The Golden Mean of Corporate Venture Capital, 2019).

The term “external corporate venturing” embodies a set of distinct modes that corporate firms use to engage with innovative, external startups. These modes, among others, include corporate venture capital (CVC), corporate accelerators, corporate innovation labs, and direct corporate minority investments.

The report covers two equity-based, outside-in corporate venturing modes: corporate VC and corporate accelerators. Also, given the interdependent investment relationship between corporate and private investors (i.e., private venture capital (VC) and private accelerators), we include an analysis of these investor classes in the first and last part of the report to provide context for external corporate venturing activities.

Significant discrepancies exist between various industry data sources on external corporate venturing, so every attempt is made to emphasize recent trends rather than absolute numerical datapoints. The fact that datasets differ is not so much an issue of quality, but more a reflection of complexity. Collecting sensitive, strategic data that is internal to corporate firms is sometimes incomplete in the first place. 

Then, increasing the scope to a global scale exacerbates these gaps in data collection coverage. For this reason, our regression analyses are based on representative samples of active investors, for which we have complete data on all individual observations to ensure internal consistency and to reduce the chance of biased statistical estimates.

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