Gorges and Bridges: Leveraging the Assets of Washington's Investor and Start-up Communities (2017)
The Technology Alliance hosted its second corporate venturing event, which featured Laurel Buckner, head of GCI Communication's investments, Alex Nwaka, venture capitalist at Touchdown Ventures, Barry O’Brien, managing director at Silicon Valley Bank, and Tim Porter, Managing Director at Madrona Venture Group.
The short summary released at the event looks at capital inflow, outflow and raw assets of the Pacific Northwest, and how we might better leverage our strengths and improve our standings as a leading tech economy.
The Rebels, Gurus and Gamblers of Corporate Venture Capital (2017)
The Technology Alliance brought together a group of leaders from the region’s research community and diverse business sectors to participate in an intimate conversation about corporate innovation and regional impact. The discussion focused on how companies use corporate venturing to drive their own strategic and financial objectives, and the related challenges and opportunities with the different approaches to venturing.
The white paper released at the event posits that corporate venturing not only benefits the companies but also has a flywheel effect on the broader innovation ecosystem - growing the entrepreneurial base and building connections from research to start-ups to big business. The Tech Alliance will continue to work in this space, facilitating these connections and building a network of like-minded CVC efforts across sectors and across the state.