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date: 24 June 2017

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This article analyzes, from a finance perspective, various approaches to commercializing ideas and innovation. It includes an analysis of private and corporate venture capital and other corporate venturing activities such as strategic alliances and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) as well as recent financial innovation. The article is organized as follows. First, it analyzes the relationship between venture capital and innovation, and then focuses on the exit and growth opportunities of venture backed firms. Next it explores corporate venturing activities, examining strategic alliances and M&As as alternatives for acquiring new ideas and innovation. It outlines more recent approaches for funding and commercializing innovation before concluding.

Keywords: commercialization, venture capital, strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions, financial innovation

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