CM Venture Capital advises and invests in companies creating transformational industrial technologies, the “hard tech” innovations that, we believe, are the key to making economies more efficient, companies more sustainable and the world a healthier place to live.
The startups we support specialize in developing advanced materials and manufacturing; industrial digitization; AI and IoT solutions; clean energy; and technologies and products to accelerate carbon neutrality. Our portfolio of companies in the hard-technology space spans the world, from Asia to North America to Europe.
The cofounders of CM Venture Capital have more than 30 years combined experience in research and development, venture capital, entrepreneurship and business development. With our deep knowledge of international business culture, communities of talent and government policies across continents, we have become a valued partner for corporate investors seeking the best opportunities worldwide.
In addition, as active investors, we provide hands-on expertise that helps entrepreneurs develop, prove and scale their innovations in competitive markets, driving best-in-class innovations with seasoned, visionary entrepreneurs and like-minded corporate partners.
Our three venture capital funds are backed by financial as well as corporate investment partners, including BASF, BAT, GE, Heraeus, Henkel, Petronas, SABIC and Samsung. Our growing portfolio of hard-tech companies is making a significant impact on a variety of industries including 5G, healthcare, hydrogen economy, consumer electronics, smart city and digital industrial.
Committed to connecting promising hard-tech entrepreneurs and seasoned investors, CM Venture Capital is the proud sponsor of the Shanghai Strategic Emerging Industries Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that hosts the annual Innovation China Conference for entrepreneurs, investors and multinational companies.
We Invest In World-Class Companies with
Platform Technologies in
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.
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.
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 a 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
A 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
“China Materialia is one of the exceptional GPs in China with deep insights in technology and understanding of the market. Investment in China Materialia is an important first step in building our local presence. Together with our partners, BASF is committed to the industry and investment community in China. ”
- Markus Solibieda, Managing Director, BASF Venture Capital
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".