Over the course of the past six years, Global University Venturing has tracked more than 2,730 investments in spinouts– add in the number of exits and it is 2,990 deals in total. That is more than 1,000 additional deals since Global University Venturing first published this flagship report in 2016.
Steady is the assessment that comes to mind, rather than remarkable, when probing the year-on-year direction of corporate venture capital investment in university spinouts.
At the start of the year, we celebrated In-Part’s fifth birthday. Since the platform was launched in 2014, we have initiated close to 5,000 new conversations between academia and industry.
With an emphasis on big-ticket items such as tax cuts and infrastructure in a bid to win the Australian election, the federal budget was sadly lacking in measures to support startups, with very little in the way of direct assistance for the local innovation industry.
Sometimes one bottom line is not enough. Many investors are no longer satisfied simply by turning a profit. More and more also want their investments to generate a positive impact in the world.
May issue editorial by Thierry Heles, editor, Global University Venturing