Start Here: Corporate Investment in Social Innovation

Learn more about how companies are using corporate venture capital to promote social impact and drive business results.

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If you want to know more about how companies are using corporate venture capital to promote social impact and drive business results, we suggest you read Investing in Breakthrough: Corporate Venture Capital first.

This research report “reveals how some leading corporate venture capital (CVC) funds are investing in deals that provide financial return as well as social and/or environmental impact — and how, over time, more might do so.”

The report was published by Volans, “a certified B Corporation dedicated to driving market-based solutions to the future’s greatest challenges,” in partnership with Global Corporate Venturing, “ a monthly magazine and a website written for the in-house venture capital units of businesses.”

Based on interviews with key CVC players, including Intel, Patagonia, Pearson, Suez and GE, the report identifies:

  • Some of the sectors that have a high propensity for long-term thinking and acting, including cleantech, education, health, urban infrastructure and transportation, financial inclusion, agriculture and food.
  • Novel approaches to impact innovation in terms of timing horizons, strategy and operations by corporate venture capitalists.
  • Key take-aways for corporate venture capital and impact funds to consider when building successful investment partnerships and syndicates.

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