5 Reasons Corporate Venture Capital Programs Fail

David Horowitz –¬†According to a 2017 INSEAD study, the average corporate venture capital program lasts only four years. In their book The Venture Capital Cycle, Paul Gompers and Josh Lerner of Harvard Business School identified three weaknesses to explain why these corporate venture programs fail, including lack of well-defined missions, insufficient corporate commitment, and lack of alignment in compensation schemes.

Based on our collective experience at Touchdown Ventures, where we manage venture capital funds for corporations, we have also identified practical reasons that can cause venture capital programs to fail.

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