China Materialia started in 2010 as an Open Innovation (OI) advisory company. Over the years, we have worked with many multinational companies to build open innovation network in China, including research institutions, start-up companies, incubators and accelerators. CM also advised hundreds of high-tech start-ups on business plan and business strategy. Through the open innovation advisory and start-up business plan advisory, CM built a broad network of innovative companies, including multinational corporations, Chinese start-ups, foreign start-ups, venture capital funds, incubators and accelerators, universities, high-tech parks, and research institutes.
In 2011, China Materialia started venture capital, leveraging its extensive OI experience and broad ecosystem to capture the synergies in combining world-class technologies with China’s lower development costs and the vast Chinese market. China Materialia LLP Fund I of 150 million RMB was backed by the Shanghai Venture Capital Guidance Fund.
In 2016, China Materialia raised China Materialia Venture Capital Fund II of 400 million RMB with backings of government and corporate strategic investors, including GE, Samsung, BASF, SABIC, BAT and Henkel. China Materialia Venture Capital Fund II is focused on advanced materials, advanced manufacturing and digital industrial.
In 2019, China Materialia is rebranded into CM Ventures to reflect our focus on venture capital in hard technologies. We are an active investor in our companies. We help our portfolio companies by contributing our knowledge and expertise, by introducing them to corporate strategic partners, by assisting business development and by sharing our extensive network.
Our foremost goal is to assist entrepreneurs in the building of lasting enterprises that make the world a better place.
We Invest In World-Class Companies with
Platform Technologies in
New and improved materials underpin faster, cheaper, better or entirely new products in many key industries including semiconductor, electronics, medical devices, clean-tech, energy storage, environment protection, automotive etc. CM looks for materials innovations that enable game-changing products in large end-markets.
China’s manufacturing industry is undergoing transformational upgrade. CM is interested in innovative companies in advanced manufacturing sector including robotics, 3D printing, laser processing, advanced components, automation etc.
Internet of Things (IOT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are changing traditional industries in fundamental ways, helping to improve efficiency, engage customers differently, track goods thorough supply chain and generate new business insights. CM looks for innovations in both technologies and applications at the intersection of IT and traditional industries.
Energy and environment
China is world’s largest and fastest-growing market for new energy vehicles, waste management and environment protection technologies and products. CM looks for innovations in new energy vehicles, water treatment, waste management etc. that help make the world a cleaner and more energy efficient place.
Our Limited Partners
We Look For Companies With
Disruptive technologies protected by strong IP; enabling new products that fill real market needs; Technology and products are beyond proof-of-concept
Designed for cost-effective manufacturing
Company has low or reasonable CapEx requirements Company has leveraged government grants effectively Company has built partnerships with suppliers and subcontract manufacturers Company doesn’t have long account receivable cycle
The addressable market is large and growing Company has clear value proposition that the market is ready to adopt There is a high entry barrier There is no significant regulatory hurdle to cross
Scalable Business Model
Company can scale quickly Company has pricing power and healthy profit margin Company’s business is not dependent on other parts of the value chain that need to be developed Company’s resources match its business model
Outstanding Entrepreneurial Team
Uncompromised ethics and integrity;
Well-rounded entrepreneurial team with both commercial and technical talents Team has solid product development skills and deep understanding of the market
China is a significant and fast-growing market for the technology or product Company has or plan to have significant China presence Company’s product or solution offering is ready and competitive in the Chinese market
We aim to become a leading venture capital company dedicated to “hard technology” investing.
Our company's Chinese Name "遨问", pronounced "áo wèn", is taken from Chinese proverb "遨游世界，问鼎未来", which means "Traveling the World, Seeking the Future".