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.

Against a backdrop of annual rises in overall dealflow tracked by Global University Venturing since 2016, the proportion of rounds featuring corporate investors remained static at around 30% in 2017 and 2018. While the numeric count hit a four-year high of 226 last year from 147 in 2017, in percentage terms neither year could match…

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