ICON’s Head of FinTech Eddie Harding is delighted to host a panel session at Money2020 with some of the biggest names in Corporate Venture Capital: Japanese eCommerce giant – Rakuten’s Oskar Miel , the corporate venture capital arm of BBVA – Propel Venture Partners with Ryan Gilbert, IBM Ventures’ Christoph Auer-Welsbach, Deutsche Telekom’s Thomas Preuss and Matteo Rizzi all join the line up.
Money2020 is the worlds largest FinTech event, 26th – 28th June 2017. Speakers include over 400 global industry leaders who are defining the future of payments and financial services in the context of ‘anytime, anywhere’ connected commerce.
The Rise of Corporate VCs
Between 2011 and 2016, the number of global active corporate investors tripled to 965 and total investment in FinTech deals involving corporate VC participation increased massively from $300m to £8.5Bn. Furthermore, in 2016 CVCs were involved in nearly a third of all US venture deals and 40% in Asia. This session explores the growing role of CVCs in financing entrepreneurship. Perceived by many simply as a ploy to “buy innovation” as they scramble to keep up with the pace of change, CVCs present both interesting options and challenging decisions for FinTechs seeking funding. How can corporates create the right structure for long-term stability and success?