Welcome to the GCV Leadership Society

Informing, connecting, and transforming the global corporate venture capital ecosystem

Leadership Society Mission

The Global Corporate Venturing (GCV) Leadership Society’s mission is to help bridge the different strengths and ambitions of investors across industry sectors, geography, structure, and their returns (i.e. strategic vs. financial).

Vision and Overview

GCV was set up in 2010 as a trade paper published by Mawsonia and offers corporate venture capitalists (CVCs) additional benefits and services through its Leadership SocietyFormed by the global CVC community in 2016, the Society develops excellence for global corporate venturing leaders and is the prominent voice for the industry through its relationships with local and regional trade bodies and industry advocacy groups

Through the Leadership Society, corporate venture capitalists come together to further the industry in meaningful ways, solve today’s innovation and investment challenges, as well as help develop and mentor the next generation of CVC leaders.

The Society sets the standards for long-term sustainability of the corporate venturing and innovation industry.  It provides data and information to members enabling them to supply critical information and benchmarks to internal stakeholders to support corporate venturing activities.

It also helps members develop their leadership skills and professional excellence, find and work with the best entrepreneurs and co-investors, and thereby elevate their overall standing within the venture capital industry.

Similar to corporate R&D and M&A functions, the Society acts as a bridge to the C-suite, deal syndicate partners, entrepreneurs and other industry stakeholders through its data, industry news, events, training, technology, and community collaboration with governments, universities, VCs and angel investors.

Member Offerings

Through its GCV Connect platform, members can self-select areas of interest and find CVC peers with whom to collaborate for the benefit their portfolio companies searching for capital, customers, product development, hiring and, eventually, an exit. (Further information below)

The GCV Academy covers the CVC fundamentals – The 8 Arms of Intelligent Corporate Venturing – developed by legendary CVC investor Paul Morris, as well as case studies and interactive sessions with industry leaders.  In addition to education, members forge close relationships with other attendees, bolstering networks and the potential for future investment opportunities.

Through GCV Analytics, numerous Global 1000 companies accessits proprietary database of commitments to venture capital funds as well as direct deal for unique insights into co-investment patterns and emerging trends.

GCV’s unique network of more than 2,000 corporate venture capitalists also attend some or all of its multiple global events, with flagship conferences in Silicon Valley, New York City, Houston, London and China.  Each year, through global government partnerships, multiple delegations travel to other regions to observe the investment landscape including Brazil, Canada, Singapore, Japan, Russia, Finland, Germany, France, Nigeria and Chile, over the past decade.

The Global Corporate Venturing & Innovation Summit in Monterey, California, has 650+ attendees representing about $6 trillion in aggregate annual revenues and nearly $200bn in venture assets under management.

The GCV Symposium in London has more than 400 attendees representing $2.5 trillion, while more than 200 CVCs attend each of our New York City, Texas events in the USA and the Asia Congress in Hong Kong.

Relationships are often formed in the first instance from GCV through its website and monthly magazine, which contains the best analysis, guest comments and news across all sectors and regions and is focused on answering two fundamental questions – who does corporate venturing and what (deals or fund commitments, etc) do they do?


Society membership is open to all corporate venture capital investors regardless of where the parent organization is headquartered, the size or structure of its investment team, or its industry sector investment preference(s).

Benefits include: data and analytics platforms; investment news and special reports; admission to select events; exclusive invitations to roundtable discussions and networking opportunities; portfolio company showcase; assistance with arranging one-on-one meetings during GCV events; branding, sponsorship and speaking opportunities; inclusion within various member subgroups (Hubs), and discounts to a variety of educational programs.  Society members are listed in the Leadership Society app, allowing them to contact one another and join on-line discussions.

Two levels of membership are currently in place (Premium – one year, and Luminary – two year) with varying benefits offered based on associated fees.

Membership is also available to industry partners, academia and government entities at a discounted rate.  Non-CVC members have limited access to Society benefits unless authorized by the advisory board.

New CVCs

We are please to offer a special package that has been designed for newer CVCs (less than 2 years old).

To find out more about this offer and the benefits included please click here.

Strategic Direction

Advisory Board

The Society is advised by a member volunteer board, which is responsible for providing feedback related to existing/proposed benefits and services for Society members, as well as providing guidance on new initiatives.

Advisers serve for a two-year period, which begins/ends in May of each year surrounding the GCV Symposium.

Being a member of the advisory board is an opportunity to give back to the CVC community and helps to set and maintain standards of behaviour and best practices.  Advisers and their parent companies have a high profile and good standing within the venture ecosystem.

The role of Chairman is now in the hands of Wendell Brooks, Intel Senior Vice President and President of Intel Capital.  The inaugural Chairman was Claudia Fan Munce, previously Managing Director, IBM Venture Capital Group, and Vice President, IBM Corporate Development, now with New Enterprise Associates.

GCV Connect

GCV Connect is a software platform to help corporate venturers to share deal flow and collaborate with each other in a secure, private environment. Only corporate venturers will have access to the platform.

There are two tiers of membership:

Members of the GCV Leadership Society: Members can help their portfolio companies by reaching out via the platform to other like-minded CVCs i.e. those who have done deals in related areas or have expressed interest in doing so.

You may be looking for a strategic investor in the next venture round, or for help to scale your portfolio company in adjacent sectors with corporates that perhaps you don’t already know and who might even be interested in buying the company down the line. Members have full access and will be able to both send and receive emails directly to other corporates.

Members of the GCV Leadership Society ecosystem already make up about 80% of the total assets of the corporate venturing industry, including Naspers, Softbank, Intel, Tencent, Merck, GE, BP, Johnson & Johnson and Capital One, across all regions and sectors and stages of investment attention.

Non-members: CVC non-members may be listed on the platform and will be able to complete a profile to outline their interests. They will be able to receive messages from members (and reply to them) but will not be able to search the platform or send messages to members. CVCs may join as members at any time to gain full access.

GCV Connect, therefore, is a unique communications app for the industry to discuss collaboration and dealflow opportunities with each other and an exclusive service for members of our GCV Leadership Society to incorporate the networking benefits they have in real life through our events, including landmark conferences in North and South America, Europe and Asia, to a digital platform and incorporate the best of our content and GCV Analytics data insights-as-a-service and training through our GCV Academy.

The Global Corporate Venturing (GCV) Leadership Society’s mission is to help bridge the different strengths and ambitions of investors across industry sectors, geography, structure, and their returns (i.e. strategic vs. financial).

For a full demo of the GCV Connect platform and the wider benefits of the Leadership Society contact Janice. For admin support on users contact Hannah.

For more information please contact Janice Mawson:
+1 703 380-2569 | janicemawson@globalcorporateventuring.com