Masters of Corporate Venture Capital (CVC) Forum

Wednesday, April 26th

10:30 am - Masters of Corporate Venture Capital (CVC) Forum

Join us for “Masters of Corporate Venture Capital (CVC) Forum” Hosted by Rubicon Venture Capital

Join us for an intimate discussion and seminar focused on Corporate Venture Capital (CVC). Designed for senior executives at corporations considering launching a CVC or already actively managing a CVC. The author of the leading book covering this topic and General Partner at VC fund Rubicon Venture Capital will lead a seminar and interactive discussion collapsing decades of experience and wisdom into one-day session. The seminar will cover:

  • Why corporates establish CVC groups
  • How to establish a list of top priorities of strategic and financial objectives
  • How to convince your board to commit to a CVC program
  • Case studies highlighting best practices, classic and expensive mistakes to avoid
  • Understand specific mistakes CVCs make and specific strategies to avoid these and achieve stated objectives

Romans will share his insights from over 100 interviews. The ticket includes a copy of Romans’ conducted in addition to 20 years of experience of raising funding from CVCs and investing with them.

Please note this event is limited to senior executives of corporations, existing active CVCs and family offices. If you have any questions please contact

Ticket includes 1 copy of Romans’ new book. Find it and review on: and on Kindle.

Please see our Master of Corporate Venture Capital Panel on Tuesday, April 25th here:


  • 10:30am – 11:00am: Registration and coffee
  • 11:00am – 1:00pm: Romans presents key findings on best practices of CVCs with an interactive Q&A session
  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm: Lunch & networking
  • 2:00pm – 3:15pm: Breakout Session 1
  • 3:15pm – 3:45pm: Coffee / networking break
  • 3:45pm – 5:00pm: Breakout Session 2
  • 5:00pm – 5:30pm: Closing remarks

Topics to be Covered

The Big Picture: Why Corporates Need CVC and Why They Do It?

  1. Decisions every corporate must make when deciding to access external innovation via CVC
  2. Review of baseline references of how many well-known CVCs are structured and operate via case study analysis
  3. Understanding goals and objectives – why are you doing this?
  4. Understand how employee goals affect new and existing CVC units
  5. How to structure and incentivize CVC employees

Drafting a CVC “Constitution”

  1. How to prioritize objectives and goals, metrics for success and make all decisions to maximize success?
  2. How to structure the CVC legal entity – invest off balance sheet, fund structure, evergreen?
  3. How to generate deal flow & how to get into deals?
  4. How to maximize information transfer from CVC to the corporate

Portfolio Construction – Stages and Sectors

  1. How to set strategic and financial goals? Program must be profitable to endure over time
  2. How much capital to allocate over what period of time? Expectations for exits, IRR and cash-on-cash returns
  3. How to invest with a “fund” mindset with diversified portfolio balance and time frame to exit?
  4. What stages, sectors and geographies to invest in & what percentage of the fund should be allocated to each?
  5. Creating specific customized rules and framework for investing criteria and portfolio balance
  6. Where to locate the CVC office or offices and how to staff and compensate the team?
  7. How to structure staff resources and formalize contact with Corp Dev and Business Units
  8. Executive to CVC rotation programs and Rubicon’s LP-IR program
  9. How to build and maintain relationships with VCs and startups and build your brand despite negative view of CVC
  10. Selection committee, governance and investment decisions for small, follow on and large investments
  11. Fund of Funds Strategy

Other Issues

  1. Other innovation programs, accelerators and alternatives to access external startup innovation
  2. Legal issues to consider
  3. Why most CVCs suck and are hated by entrepreneurs and VCs

“It is fair to say that not all CVCs are able to keep their promise of adding value, but when they do, it is certainly one of the most powerful ways to accelerate the growth of a startup. Masters of Corporate Venture Capital is essential reading for entrepreneurs, VCs and CVCs.” —FREDERIC ROMBAUT, Managing Director, Cisco Investment; cofounder, Qualcomm Ventures & Director, Apax Partners


Wednesday, April 26th
10:30 AM to 5:30 PM

DLA Piper Singapore Pte. Ltd.
80 Raffles Place UOB Plaza 1, #48-01
Singapore 048624

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