Big4.com Reviews PricewaterhouseCoopers PwC Report on Corporate Venture Capitalists Increasing Their Share of Total VC Deals

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Over the last three years, corporate venture capitalists (CVCs) have steadily increased investment activity, participating in 15 percent of all venture capital investment.

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The venture-backed community represents an immense source of creative ideas. Aligning objectives through investment and integrating complementary capabilities assures that solutions can be brought forward at a scale that matters

Big4.com, the premier social networking forum for professionals and alumni of Accenture, Andersen, BearingPoint, Capgemini, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers PwC reviewed a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers PwC which notes that corporate venture capital investors are steadily participating to increase their share of total venture capital deals.

According to the MoneyTree Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) based on data by Thomson Reuters, over the past two years (2010-2011), driven by strong clean tech investment, CVCs put the most money into the Industrial/Energy sector where $974 million was invested in 95 deals.

Over the last three years, corporate venture capitalists (CVCs) have steadily increased investment activity, participating in 15 percent of all venture capital investment.

Mark Heesen, president, National Venture Capital Association sheds some light on the situation.

“Corporations bring a unique and specialized perspective to venture investing and are increasingly becoming more active in supporting the growth of emerging technologies. In turn, the venture capital industry has embraced the CVCs’ depth of resources – including R&D, access to broad marketing channels and operating experience – as invaluable contributions to the success of the startup economy,” he said.

Mary Kay James, DuPont Ventures and NVCA Corporate Venture Group Advisory Board Member also included her insights.

“The venture-backed community represents an immense source of creative ideas. Aligning objectives through investment and integrating complementary capabilities assures that solutions can be brought forward at a scale that matters,” she said. “Given these benefits we anticipate the total amount of CVC investment and the percentage contribution to the overall venture investment totals to continue to steadily increase in the coming year and beyond.”

The MoneyTree™ Report measures cash-for-equity investments by the professional venture capital community in private emerging companies in the U.S. It is based on data provided by Thomson Reuters. The survey includes the investment activity of professional venture capital firms with or without a U.S. office, SBICs, venture arms of corporations, institutions, investment banks and similar entities whose primary activity is financial investing.

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