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For most people, even in business, the corporate venture capital sector is often out of sight and out of mind, but that looks set to change. As part of Volans’ Breakthrough Capitalism program, we are proud to present Investing in Breakthrough: Corporate Venture Capital, a research report that 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. This emerging form of impact investment, the report concludes, will have an increasing powerful influence on the future competitiveness of companies that operate such funds, and make more capital available for impact ventures.
Based on interviews with key CVC players, including Intel, Patagonia, Pearson, Suez and GE, the report identifies:
“There has always been a social impact element to corporate venture capital. If you ask people why they are in the venture business, it’s because they want to work with brilliant entrepreneurs and participate in solving real world problems.” Marc Yi, Intel Capital.