Evonik expands venture capital activities into Asia
Evonik is investing in Chinese venture capital fund GRC SinoGreen Fund III
GRC focuses on material-related start-ups from Greater China
Evonik now has access to one of the most important, rapidly growing venture capital regions
Essen. By investing in the Chinese venture capital fund GRC SinoGreen Fund III (GRC III), Evonik has expanded its venture capital activities into Asia. The parties have agreed to not disclose the amount of the investment. As a result, the company is now represented in the most important venture capital regions of North America, Europe, and Asia. GRC invests in private, green technology companies with unique strengths and substantial growth potential in Greater China. Target sectors include energy and resource efficiency, cleaner transportation, sustainability, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. GRC III has offices in Beijing and Taipei. In recent years, Asia has evolved into the world’s third-most important venture capital region. China accounts for around two-thirds of these activities.
“By investing in GRC III, we are opening the door to the fast growing start-up community in Greater China,” explained Bernhard Mohr, head of Venture Capital at Evonik. “With GRC we have found a strong partner with a proven track record and with immediate relevance to our own business activities.” Aside from Evonik, the investor base of GRC III includes the World Bank subsidiary International Finance Corporation, the development bank Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO) and Shell Technology Ventures, the venture capital arm of Shell. “We would like to welcome our new investor” said Eric Wang, general partner of GRC. “With Evonik, we have added an important strategic partner to our investor base.”
Investments in funds are an important element of Evonik’s venture capital activities. Previously, Evonik had invested in the European and North American venture capital funds Pangaea Ventures Fund III, Emerald Cleantech Fund III, and High-Tech Gründerfonds II. “The collaboration with venture capital funds and innovative start-ups complements our open innovation strategy and creates excellent opportunities for accelerating the development of new businesses and opening up new growth fields,” said Mohr.
As part of its venture capital activities, Evonik plans to invest a total of €100 million in promising start-ups with innovative technologies and in leading specialized venture capital funds. The regional focus is on Europe, the US, and Asia. Evonik currently has holdings in eight start-ups and four funds. Further information is available at http://venturing.evonik.com/
Evonik, the creative industrial group from Germany, is one of the world leaders
in specialty chemicals. Profitable growth and a sustained increase in the value of the company form the heart of Evonik’s corporate strategy. Its activities focus on the key megatrends health, nutrition, resource efficiency and globalization. Evonik benefits specifically from its innovative prowess and integrated technology platforms. Evonik is active in over 100 countries around the world. In fiscal 2014 more than 33,000 employees generated sales of around €12.9 billion and an operating profit (adjusted EBITDA) of about €1.9 billion.
Evonik Industries has been producing specialty chemical products in the Greater China region (Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan) since the late 1970’s; with wide-ranging trading relations already in place prior to this in the region. Evonik regards Greater China as one of the driving forces of the global economy and we consequently endeavour to grow our business in the region. The company now has around 3,000 employees in the Greater China region, the regional sales reached over €1.1 billion in 2014.
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