Member Highlight: Inventive Ventures – Nationwide Enterprise Capital Affiliation

For this deep dive, we spoke with James Wang, Normal Accomplice at Inventive Ventures.

James Wang, Normal Accomplice at Inventive Ventures

Inform us about your agency. What makes it totally different?

As a deep tech enterprise agency, our funding pursuits lie in early-stage corporations which might be fixing humanity’s most crucial crises.

With core structural points—reminiscent of rising healthcare prices, labor shortages, and the results of local weather change—changing into more and more important, our agency seeks alternatives to fund corporations and founders with actual deep tech options. Our crew at Inventive is actually set aside by our capacity to discern life like market match as a result of we commit ourselves to hundreds of hours of analysis and diligence into market options and applied sciences earlier than we meet a founder or see their pitch deck.

We are able to see a viable resolution value funding earlier within the course of as a result of we aren’t only a crew of buyers; every of us is a dual-technical operator specializing in not less than a number of thesis-related fields.

What defines your portfolio? 

Our portfolio is outlined by relevant options to real-life, global-scale issues. We’re not seeking to put money into the following greatest app or the trendiest tech—we’re seeking to clear up crucial, international points, and so are the businesses we put money into.

Consequently, the areas we’ve invested in are thought-about among the “hardest,” together with healthcare, like Exo (transportable, nanotech-based ultrasound); labor automation, like Picnic Works (meals service automation with robotics); and local weather change, like TerraCO2 (geopolymer-based, low carbon cement).

Now we have unimaginable co-investors like Breakthrough Power and Intel Capital. However, between being a smaller fund, having such an outlined thesis-driven strategy, and a crew with deep enterprise and technical expertise (a number of PhDs and superior levels in AI/ML, microbiology, and so on.), we have a tendency to have the ability to make investments sooner than every other institutional investor in these corporations, serving to them in a few of their earliest phases.

Inform us in regards to the present VC panorama in your geography/area:

“Deep tech” remains to be extremely underinvested. Many conventional personal fairness and hedge fund gamers have entered software program, and there’s a flood of capital there. We discover that our most frequent co-investors are nonetheless non-dilutive funding and industry-backed enterprise capital (like Intel Capital, TDK Ventures, and so on.). This can be altering between the CHIPS Act and important geopolitical consideration on deep tech. As of now, nevertheless, deep tech—particularly on the early-stage—remains to be a reasonably inexperienced subject.

What are the advantages of being an NVCA member?

NVCA is an unimaginable group with deep institutional information that, as an rising supervisor, has been invaluable for tapping into. Now we have benefited vastly from the knowledge that the group has shared, from assembly totally different VCs from all kinds of sectors who’ve scaled up their enterprise funds over time and sharing finest practices.

What’s forward to your agency in 2022?

There’s been extra exercise than ever within the area. COVID accelerated all of our developments. Healthcare has looked for options at a quicker price than ever. Labor shortages have solely grow to be extra extreme. And eventually, local weather change is getting extra consideration than ever. Between all of this exercise and the CHIPS Act, we anticipate that the following few years in deep tech will probably be busy, and plenty of world-defining corporations will probably be born throughout that point. We’re excited to proceed to deploy our Fund II, and kit up for a bigger Fund III subsequent yr!

Robin serves because the Communications Supervisor on the Nationwide Enterprise Capital Affiliation, the place she enhances day-to-day exterior and inner relations for NVCA whereas using her experience in content material creation, storytelling, and knowledge to raise NVCA’s long-term communications technique. As a conscientious chief, Robin is integral to the forward-looking investments NVCA makes within the higher enterprise capital and startup communities.

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