As we approach the halfway point of 2023, the outlook for the venture capital market is still uncertain as valuations continue to decline in response to public market falls and as forecasts for inflation and interest rates remain mixed. Returns on deals done over the next few years though are likely to be better than for those done in the investment rush of 2021. But as we look to the future rather than the past, is this the moment for the ‘’C’’ in ‘’CVC’’ to show what it can do?

This was the question posed by Jacqueline Le Sage, founder of Munich Re Ventures and Chair of the GCV Leadership Society Advisory Board, who put pen to paper in this year’s foreword for the World of Corporate Venturing Report.

She noted that the current investment climate arguably creates a unique opportunity for corporates to step up and really show the market the unique advantages they can bring to the venture playing field. But, of course, doing so isn’t straightforward. As parent organisations continue to rely more and more on innovation to build their futures, even in an uncertain market, the objectives of a strong CVC remain the same – build high-performance portfolios by managing for financial returns with end-to-end investment platforms that deliver strategic value for both portfolio and parent.

We help CVCs explore how to do just this with industry benchmarking data from the World of Corporate Venturing, our new GCV Keystone benchmarking platform and by bringing some of the best in the business together in what’s quickly becoming our most popular course – Landing the Value of Corporate Venturing.

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