one element of Venture Capital in 2021 A lesser-known apotheosis is corporate venture capital. CVC has been booming since last year and TechCrunch interviewed many of his CVC investors last August to get a better sense of the trends.
Like other forms of venture capital, CVC cut some this year.
The Accelerators were also doing pretty well through 2021. Recall that Y Combinator’s cohort size reached a new record, increasing the amount of capital the group invested in batch companies.
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A lot of money was flying around and it seemed to come from all corners of the business world. Hell, how many corporate-sponsored Techstars programs are there today? If the last boom saw more corporate venture funding and more aggressive accelerator activity, it makes sense that the two could overlap. I’m here.
Corporate interest in investing in startups has declined this year, with four quarters of declining deal value and two quarters of declining deal volume. Also, last year’s large accelerator cohort looks a bit out of step with the current market. Given the twists in the venture pipe, who will fund all of these startups’ Series A rounds?
The world of CVC with its ups and downs shouldn’t put some people off. TechCrunch earlier this year he covered an interesting new fund accelerator CVC-ish group called UP.Labs. That model traverses a combination of a corporate desire to take advantage of new technologies and a large company that needs to innovate faster than the size of a startup would normally allow, combined with targeted startup building. (I told you earlier that this group isn’t tagged as an “incubator”; they call their accelerator a “venture lab”. More on that later.)