Tech Talk Tuesday: Corporate Venturing

An Entrepreneur's Survival Guide


Emerging Enterprise Center at Foley Hoag

Bay Colony Corporate Center, North Entrance
1000 Winter Street - Suite 4000
Waltham, MA 02451

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January 26, 2010 7:30AM–9:30AM


Corporate venturing groups have played a role in the successful launching and growth of many entrepreneurial ventures. Whether corporations invest strategically for a window into emerging technologies or for pure financial reasons, entrepreneurs need to understand the benefits and implications of dealing with corporate investors.

Since inception four years ago, T3 has been organized as a panel of CEO's or investors. The January program will take a unique twist and highlight a short overview of the corporate venturing industry and then an interactive discussion on best practices and issues entrepreneurs face when working with corporate venture groups.

Topics to be discussed:

  • Present Dynamics of Innovation Ecosystems
  • Characteristics of Corporate VCs
  • Recent Developments of Corporate Investors
  • Approaching the Corporations
  • Managing Interactions


Val Livada, Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management:

Val Livada's background spans 25 years in management consulting with a focus on technology innovation and strategy. He was Vice President at Pugh-Roberts Associates, a consulting firm started at the MIT Sloan School of Business and focused on management of innovation issues. Prior to that, he was Director at Braxton Associates, an international strategic planning consulting company. Since 1995 Val has managed his own consulting firm, Weybridge Partners focusing on the successful commercialization of technology. Clients include both Global 300-type firms as well as start-ups. Dr. Livada is a Senior Lecturer at the Sloan School of Management and has recently published a survey on corporate VC. He received his BS from MIT in 1970 and a PhD from Tufts.