In 2018, corporate venture capital (CVC) investment in Japan almost doubled as more companies turned to outside technologies and ideas to fuel growth.
The broad range of Japanese CVC activities included not only the traditionally heavy focus on telecommunications and manufacturing but growing investments in sectors driven by domestic demand, such as services and transportation. Companies facing labor shortages due to the declining population, are looking to technology to rework existing businesses and break into new areas.
Even with this substantial growth, CVC in Japan remains relatively low at $1.23 billion in 2018 compared to global CVC deals in 2017 totaling $213 billion, of which the US market alone accounted for $37 billion.
Andrew Romans, a venture capitalist and well-known author, will share his global perspectives on CVC, addressing questions such as:
• Why should corporates establish and operate CVC business units?
• What are common mistakes made by CVCs?
• What best practices and roadmap can lead to successful CVCs that benefit the entire corporation or conglomerate?
Frank Packard, Chair
Christopher Wells, Jenifer Rogers, Pieter Franken, Vice Chairs
ACCJ Alternative Investment Committee
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