Managed corporate innovation program services

Giving corporates the agility to innovate.

Your industry is being disrupted by VC-funded startups tackling just one part of the value chain and this trend is accelerating because of the current low global interest rates & more capital going into the system to counteract the economic effects of COVID-19 on the world economy.

As corporates grow, they naturally lose their ability to swiftly act on the ideas and innovations that originally fuelled their growth. In the words of Clayton Christensen “Smart companies fail because they do everything right. They cater to high-profit-margin customers and ignore the low end of the market where disruptive innovations emerge from.”

Simply acquiring immature startups is also not a viable solution. Finding a way to work with these startups to drive growth for them and innovation for your organization is the best way to safeguard against future disruptive risks.”

Opening up the routes to disruptive innovation

Our Managed Corporate Innovation Program Services enable corporates to reach beyond the confines of their own structures and directly invest and participate in disruptive technology innovations.

The two routes:

Route one

Sponsor an acceleration program cohort

As a sponsor to a cohort of the Newtown Accelerator Programme, you are able to invest indirectly into 10 startups that are strategically aligned with your corporate’s interests. Newtown Partners manages the startups on your behalf during these early stages to ensure their success and you enjoy the opportunity of later stage investment and supply chain integration when the startups reach a sufficient level of scale.

Route two

Dedicated Corporate Venture Capital fund

Partner with us to create a dedicated innovation fund with your organisation as the only investor. This option gives you the freedom to set the investment mandate and participate on the investment committee. A dedicated corporate venture capital fund managed by Newtown Partners is a great way to future-proof your organization against emerging technology threats, with no near-term strategic or operational impact on your core businesses.

Why talk to us about Corporate Venture Capital

  • We understand disruptive innovation
  • We’re successful startup entrepreneurs and early-stage angel and VC investors ourselves, so we know what it takes to start, scale & successfully exit a startup.
  • We take a hands-on approach to work closely with portfolio startup companies.
  • By adopting a pragmatic approach to disruptive innovation, we are well-positioned to enable your organisation to leverage the inevitable technology-driven disruption occurring in your industry

Imperial Venture Fund success so far

Our corporate venture capital (CVC) program in partnership with Imperial, focuses on investing in disruptive startups in the logistics, supply chain and healthcare industries, with an initial capital commitment of $20 million. The primary objective of the fund is to generate attractive financial returns from startup investments that are strategically aligned to the core business of Imperial.

During the first two years of the program, we concluded 9 successful investments, 2 follow-on investments, saw a markup in 1 portfolio company and no write-downs.

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Imperial establishes innovation fund with Newtown Partners

March 9th, 2020|

PRESS RELEASE, Johannesburg - March 09, 2020 - Major international logistics industry player, Imperial, has partnered with venture capital firm Newtown Partners to launch a corporate venture capital (CVC) fund focused on investing in disruptive [...]

Contact Newtown Partners today to learn how to get involved.

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