Joe Dews (Guest Blogger)

Joe Dews is a partner in the Silicon Valley office of AGC Partners, a leading technology investment bank with a focus on M&A and growth equity financings. Joe leads AGC's Energy & Environmental Technology and Semiconductor Technology investment banking practices.
Areas of Opportunity for Corporate Venture Investing

Areas of Opportunity for Corporate Venture Investing

The past two years have seen a significant decline in the number of venture firms making new investments in the Energy Technology and Semiconductor sectors. As a result, it has become increasingly difficult for private companies raising capital in these sectors.Increasingly, corporate investors are playing a critical role in financing companies in these sectors, with 54% of energy tech and 24% of semiconductor private financing rounds in 2012 including one or more corporate investors1.As the funding for energy tech and semiconductor startups from traditional financing sources has weakened, Applied Ventures continues to be a strong supporter of new thinking that will drive these sectors.