Celebrating 10 Years of Corporate Venturing

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This holiday season wraps up an active and productive year for Applied Ventures – and marks our 10-year anniversary as Applied Materials’ venture capital business.

Over the past decade, we have maintained a steady track record of successful investments around the globe, investing over $200M in more than 60 companies – some of which resulted in IPOs or acquisitions.

While technology trends have changed over this time, our investment strategy has remained the same – we continue to actively pursue financial and strategic opportunities with compelling technologies that are differentiated, valuable and sustainable. We look for those companies which can advance or complement Applied Materials’ expertise in materials engineering in our core markets of semiconductor and display, as well as adjacent areas for new applications in other industries i.e. bioscience and robotics. Today, nearly 50% of our investments are in whitespace areas where our expertise in materials engineering, commercialization and manufacturing to scale can be applied to new areas.

As the pace of innovation continues to accelerate for advanced devices and Internet of Things applications, strategic and collaborative corporate venture groups like Applied Ventures are becoming more important as a source of capital, particularly in the semiconductor industry.

Tony Chao, our general manager and senior investment director, shares his reflections on Applied Ventures’ 10-year anniversary, where we’ve been and where we’re headed in the video.

If you’re interested in working with Applied Ventures and taking your emerging technology to the next level, send us an email at applied_ventures@amat.com. We’d love to hear your ideas.

On behalf of the entire Applied Ventures team, we wish you all a happy holiday season and prosperous New Year.