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Strategic partnering

Our role is to fill the innovation pipeline for DSM and the global ecosystem we operate in.

Venture 2020 Focus Areas

We achieve this by helping inventors and entrepreneurs from ideation to operating sustainable businesses in our Venture 2020 Focus Areas of:

  • Human Nutritional Health
  • Nutrition Flavours and Fragrances
  • Biomedical
  • Solar Energy

Typical investment parameters and strategic partnering

  • Our typical financial investment over the lifetime of a venture varies from €1 – 20 mln, with our typical first investment between 100k and 5m
  • We take minority stakes, usually between 5-25%
  • We lead rounds or follow, typically prefer to syndicate larger deals, and will do seed through post-IPO if there is a good strategic fit
  • We are active partners and usually ask to serve on boards
  • We are “on the ground” in the US and Europe and are most active in those geographies

Our investments are intended to create mutual benefits beyond funding:

  • Coach entrepreneurs applying our individual and corporate experience and network in the Venture Focus Areas
  • Tap into, as desired and appropriate (and always at the entrepreneurs request), DSM’s vast resources and know-how in IP, validation, scaling manufacturing, quality and safety, market intelligence, partnering and licensing; new technology scouting, M&A and venturing