'Risky Business' Blog

Our Risky Business blog delivers original thoughts, research, and insight on corporate venture capital, corporate strategy, along with overall perspectives on venture capital and entrepreneurship. We focus on frameworks for understanding innovation trends, together with practical advice for implementing professionally run corporate venture capital programs.

Greater Elevator

An elevator pitch is meant to get the listener to want to hear more. Learn about how to structure your elevator pitch to pique the interest of a corporate investor.

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The Harbaugh Effect: What College Football Can Teach Us About Corporate Venture Capital

Michigan hiring Jim Harbaugh as its head football coach is similar in many ways to a corporation hiring a great manager for its corporate venture investments...

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Kellogg’s creates a new fund, 1894, to back food and related startups

“The rate of innovation across our industry has picked up dramatically, things are changing quickly, and investing is a great way to get a sense of what’s going to be important in the future.”

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Why every company in the Fortune 2000 will have a venture arm

There are approximately 1,200 corporate venturing units as of the beginning of 2016. But in the next decade, we will see a dramatic expansion of corporate venture capital with the formation of hundreds of new groups.

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Corporate venture capital can pay, but only if you get the structure right

If you are thinking about starting a venture capital program at your company, it’s important to choose a structure that will align with your firm’s priorities.

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How Corporate Venture Capital Can Improve Outcomes For Entrepreneurs & VCs

Can venture capitalists really make a difference in what happens to their portfolio companies? As VCs, are we simply stock pickers, or can active management improve outcomes?

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