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14 February, 2020
Corporate Venturing - Bridging the European Valley of Death

This new study by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission’s science and knowledge serviceprovides an overview of what corporate venturing is and its potential impact on the technology transfer field. It outlines some relevant aspects, frequent models and current trends. Based on a brief literature review and consultation of a few experts, the analysis provides some recommendations for European leaders in government, university and industry.

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The report can be downloaded at: https://media.iese.edu/research/pdfs/ST-0534-E.pdf

Summary:

1. Challenge: European Valley of Death, Lack of funding for translating European knowledge into marketable goods and services

2. Trend: Corporate venturing, Collaboration between established corporations and innovative start-ups

3. Opportunity: Joint Collaborations and Tailored Financing, Find a common ground of interest and enhance this type of collaborations

Recommendations:

- Promote coinvestment mechanisms for proof of concept Building coinvestment funds, grouping corporations and investors interested in science start-ups, and enhancing philanthropic funds

- Tailor existing investment mechanisms for technology transfer Adapting the SME-instrument, tracking the evolution of current corporate pre-equity investments in proof of concept, and validating policies through sandboxes

- Support further the European technology transfer field Aligning regulatory frameworks, providing training to academia on industry-engagement, and sharing learnings from success stories

Authors:
Josemaria Siota IESE Business School, Chief Editor
Andrea Alunni, Oxford University and Università degli Studi di Perugia
Paola Riveros-Chacón,  Northwestern University
Mark Wilson, Strategic Technology Bioconsulting

Experts
Taneva Albena, Sofia University
Elena Andonova, European Commission
Marie Asano, High-Tech Gründerfonds
Giancarlo Caratti, European Commission
Alessandro Fazio, European Commission
Ignacio Giménez, BP
Koen Jonkers, European Commission
Kaia Kert, European Commission
Corina Kuiper, Corporate Venturing Network
Jon Lauckner, General Motors
Julia Schmalenberg, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
Sheron Shamuilia, European Commission
Ekke Van Vliet, European Commission