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BASF Venture Capital GmbH

Welcome to BASF Venture Capital

We are the corporate venture capital company of the BASF Group. Since 2001, we have been investing worldwide in young, fast-growing companies and funds related to current and future businesses of BASF.

With our investments we focus on the areas of chemistry, new materials, sustainability, digitalization and new, disruptive business models.

Through targeted interactions with BASF Group's global research, partner and customer network, we support our portfolio companies as an active venture capital investor.

At a glance

 

7 Locations:

Ludwigshafen (DEU), Boston (USA), Austin (USA), Shanghai (CHN), Sao Paulo (BRA), Mumbai (IND) and Tel Aviv (ISR)

 

Evergreen fund:

€ 250 million

 

Investment focus:

New Materials | AgTech | Digitization/Industry 4.0 | New, disruptive business models

 

Typical investment state:

Seed to series B

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Much more than just financing

What is the difference between Venture Capital and Corporate Venture Capital (CVC)? How did the CVC landscape develop in the last decades?

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Strategic instrument for joint success

Why does BASF invest in young companies? How does CVC fit to BASF’s strategy? What do the start-ups get out of this investment?

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Investment strategy

We invest in innovative technologies and/or business models developed by customer-oriented teams.

An important aspect of our investment decisions is the connection of the BASF Group’s strategic and operative interests with the technical and commercial development objectives of young companies.

We invest in all phases of company development. Technological and market-oriented proof of concept is an important argument for us. We generally aim for minority shares – as a rule together with other venture capital syndicate funds.

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About us

With offices in San Francisco, Boston, Austin, Shanghai, Sao Paulo, Mumbai and Tel Aviv as well as at group headquarters in Ludwigshafen, we build bridges between young companies and BASF. An experienced venture capital team with financial, business and technological knowhow, backed by the BASF Group’s network of experts, is responsible for examining suitability for investment.

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