Industry Report

State of Corporate Venturing in Europe // Q1 2021

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Key Insights

Corporate Venture Capital and Mergers & Acquisitions saw a steep growth trajectory in Q1 2021, nurturing the hypothesis that COVID-19 leads to further acceleration in funding and acquisition due to the increased awareness (and willingness to act) regarding innovation strategy. Disclosed Corporate Venture Building activities however showed limited activities in Q1 2021.

Corporate Venture Capital

Share of CVC funding under total VC funding saw an uplift of over 70% YOY, peaking at a new all-time high in Q1 2021

Mergers & Acquisitions

After COVID-19 negatively impacting M&A deals in 2020, the industry vastly recovered mainly driven by startup exits in the sectors of B2B followed by Financial Services, IT and B2C

Corporate Venture Building

"Disclosure of newly founded ventures by both internal CVB units as well as Corporate Venture Builders has been limited in Q1 of 2021. Liquisto as sole disclosed venture founded via an internal CVB unit in Q1 2021, active in the field of logistics."

About the Authors

Alex Mahr

Founder & Managing Partner

Matthieu van Haperen

Chief Venture Architect

Marc Seitz

Venture Architect

Iman Uda

Venture Architect

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