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CIV 2015 Summary & Happy 2016


Dear CIV friends,

Let us welcome 2016! We are dedicating CIV’s December Update to reflect on the year’s accomplishments, and initial plans for 2016. In 2015 we experienced a substantial growth in our CIV Community, and had the opportunity to engage with you through our publications and events.

We are looking forward to seeing what 2016 has in store for the global venture ecosystem. Stay tuned to find out what events, research strands and publications are lined up for the new year.

Coller Venture Review Issue 2 was published in May 2015 and is devoted to the History of Venture.

The issue presents six articles that explore venture’s historical developments in various thematic and geographical contexts. The issue includes the History of Venture (CIVHOV) Database, which outlines a century of compelling events that impacted the world. Additional article topics include:

– Corporate venture capital
– The nature of asset price bubbles
– What Apple’s patent filings tell us about its success
– The evolution of Venture in China and the Baltics
On November 6-7, 2015 we held CIV2015HK: The Future of Venture, an international conference where academics and practitioners discussed the future of venture. The event was co-organized by Cyberport at their Hong Kong facilities. The conference included the following events:

On Nov-6 we held the main plenary including 16 speakers, and 2 panels. The sessions were followed by a Cocktail Reception & 2015 CIV Award Ceremony. On Nov-7 we conducted the following events:
– Information Office Innovation Workshop
– Venture Research Workshop
– Hong Kong Venture Ecosystem Bus Tour

On September 1, 2015, CIV awarded three 2015 Coller Awards;

Grand Prize: Prof. Mark Humphery-Jenner; Jerry Cao; Jo-Ann Suchard – “Government Ownership and Venture Performance in from China” US$5,000

Runner-up Award: Prof. Gang Hu; Chaopeng Wu; Thomas J. Chemmanur “High Differentiation and Low Standardization: The Role of Venture Capitalists in Transforming the Governance and Management of Family Firms” US$1000

Runner-up Award: Dr. Xiru Zhang, Prof. Waverly Ding, Prof. Jiangyong Lu, “Does Government-Sponsored Venture Capital Investment Crowd In Private Investment? Evidence from China” US$1000

Stay tuned for our 2016 Awards



The History of Venture Timeline was published in June 2015 and is a graphic illustration of the History of Venture (CIVHOV) Database.

Arguably, it is the first effort in venture research that aims to build and maintain a database of key related events. CIVHOV outlines a century of compelling events that impacted not only the world of venture, but the world as we know it.

The database incorporates entries from the entire venture ecosystem and is the core of the institute’s History Research Strand.




After careful consideration of over 60 proposals, four research groups were granted a sum of $15,000 each to pursue innovative research directions that are sure to evolve our understanding of the venture ecosystem. Winners will be announced January 2016.

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2015 Coller Grantsand stay tuned for 2016 Coller Grants.




On December 16, 2015 we held Univenture2015: Workshop & Insight Sharing Symposium, where leading academics and practitioners addressed the future of universities’ roles in a rapidly evolving world.

With 5 workshop teams and 17 speakers from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, the conference generated substantial dialogue and ideas.

Thanks to our thought provoking speakers, panel discussions, and workshop teams, we generated ideas to serve CIV’s next research strand, University Venture.


Coller Venture Review Issue 3 will be released for broad distribution in January 2016.

Issue 3 is devoted to Deep Innovation, and includes ten articles which examine this theme from many angles, in domains from Nanotechnology to Food Tech and from Pharma to Materials Science. Articles include:



CIV is divided into Research Strands that each address an aspect of the venture ecosystem. The strand findings are compiled into dedicated Coller Venture Review issues. in 2015 we introduced two new strands. Below is a list of all CIV active strands:


Kindly consider joining as CIV member. Membership is free (for now 🙂 and allows access to all our resources (articles, conference presentations, videos, CFP, etc.).

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