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Corporate Venture Capital as a Service: A Primer for Executives

Corporate Venture Capital as a Service: A Primer for Executives
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In the fast-paced world of business, innovation is the key to survival and success. As executives seek new avenues to drive growth, Corporate Venture Capital (CVC) as a service has emerged as a potent strategy. In fact, CVC firms poured US$300BN into startups across 2021-2022, representing more than one quarter of total global venture investing.

This primer aims to shed light on the concept of CVC as a service, offering valuable insights for executives eager to explore this dynamic approach.

Understanding Corporate Venture Capital as a Service

At its core, Corporate Venture Capital as a Service is a strategic initiative where corporations partner with specialized providers to manage venture capital activities on their behalf. It enables corporations to leverage the agility and creativity of startups while diversifying their investment portfolio and gaining access to disruptive technologies and business models.

CVC as a service goes beyond traditional venture capital. It's a holistic approach that not only involves financial investment but also fosters collaboration, knowledge exchange, and shared growth. By outsourcing these activities to experienced providers, corporations can focus on their core competencies while simultaneously tapping into the innovation powerhouse of the startup ecosystem.

The Benefits of CVC as a Service

  1. Access to Innovation: Startups are known for their ability to swiftly innovate and disrupt established industries. By partnering with startups, corporations can infuse their operations with fresh ideas and cutting-edge technologies that drive competitiveness.
  2. Diversification: Diversifying an investment portfolio is a fundamental strategy for risk mitigation. CVC as a service enables corporations to spread their investments across various startups and industries, reducing the impact of potential losses.
  3. Speed to Market: Startups are agile and can swiftly bring new products or services to market. By collaborating with startups, corporations can accelerate their innovation cycles and respond faster to market trends.
  4. Talent Attraction: Working alongside startups exposes corporations to entrepreneurial talent and a startup culture. This can attract top-tier talent seeking an environment of innovation and disruption.
  5. Strategic Alignment: A reputable CVC provider can match startups with the corporate's strategic goals and industry focus. This alignment ensures that investments are not just financially sound but also strategically relevant.

Collective Campus: Your Partner in CVC as a Service

As you venture into the realm of CVC as a service, Collective Campus stands as a premier partner to guide your journey. With years of experience in corporate-startup collaboration and innovation, Collective Campus offers a suite of services tailored to your needs.

Our expertise extends to three main areas:

  1. Corporate Startup Accelerator Programs: Partner with startups to build and test new ventures under expert guidance. Collective Campus helps you navigate the ideation, prototyping, and testing phases, fostering innovation within your organization.
  2. Startup Scouting Programs: Align your corporate challenges with startup solutions. Our extensive network ensures that you connect with mature startups that have the potential to address your specific needs.
  3. Corporate Venture Capital as a Service: Let us manage a venture fund on your behalf. Our team identifies and invests in strategically aligned startups, helping you generate a financial ROI while driving innovation.


In a rapidly evolving business landscape, innovation is the key differentiator. Corporate Venture Capital as a Service offers a strategic avenue for corporations to fuel growth, diversify portfolios, and harness the potential of startups. By partnering with experienced providers like Collective Campus, executives can navigate the complexities of CVC as a service and unlock a world of innovation that propels their organizations to new heights.

Explore the possibilities of CVC as a service with Collective Campus today and embark on a journey that reshapes industries and defines the future of corporate innovation.

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Steve Glaveski is the co-founder of Collective Campus, author of Time Rich, Employee to Entrepreneur and host of the Future Squared podcast. He’s a chronic autodidact, and he’s into everything from 80s metal and high-intensity workouts to attempting to surf and do standup comedy.

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