Corporate VCs participate in $2.1 billion in Q2 financing, highest in last five quarters


Corporate venture capital saw an uptick in investments in Q2, the highest in the last five quarters, with a growth in early-stage seed deals and overall financing. A new report from CB Insights released Wednesday detailed the trends among the financing arms of large corporations, pointing to mobile and internet as focused targets for investment.

Venture deals were up in both number and size overall in Q2, and CVC deals also reflected this trend. CVCs had been more cautious in previous quarters, but took a larger portion of all venture deals in Q2 — up to 15 percent of deals from 11 percent in Q1.

Here are some notable trends from the report that caught my eye:

  • The average CVC deal in Q2 was $17.8 million, $7.8 million higher than the average VC deal
  • 84 percent of CVC deals had additional investors participating, down from 90 percent in Q1, potentially representing a shift from CVC preference to participate in rounds with other VCs, and a willingness to finance on their own
  • Funding to healthcare companies was up 50 percent in the number of deals and 93 percent in value, reversing a trend of three quarters of decline
  • Green tech deals saw their highest levels in the past four quarters, but still remained well below Q2 of 2011 levels. In April, Katie Fehrenbacher wrote why green tech companies were having difficulty with IPO plans.

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