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Teneo Ventures

Partnering with visionary CEOs who are focused on solving large, real-world problems.

In addition to providing financial capital, we leverage capabilities across our platform to offer strategic advisory that spans the breadth of our entire service offering. In this way, Teneo boosts connectivity into potential clients and acquirers, and helps start-ups commercialize for enterprise.

Teneo’s ventures business partners with companies run by visionary but pragmatic CEOs, focused on solving large, real-world problems. We are drawn to companies and CEOs using technology in new ways to make a step-function change in the way enterprise companies are doing business, developing a product or service that will introduce new value to an industry, or displace and disrupt the existing model.

Broad Sector Focus

Our venture partners reflect the diversity of our enterprise customer base, all of whom prioritize innovation as a corporate strategy. We aim to bridge that conversation and connectivity between early stage and enterprise. Our venture clients include sectors such as:

  • Sports and eSports
  • HR tech
  • Diversity tech
  • Customer engagement and loyalty
  • Data analytics
  • AI and machine learning
  • Fintech and payments

Every Venture CEO is a Client

Teneo makes direct investments in companies and provides advisory services in the form of hands-on human capital. A bespoke Teneo team, assembled to meet the specific needs of each venture client, works with each CEO to help de-risk the business, as well as to accelerate and amplify the CEO’s efforts, including:

  • Strategic business development
  • Commercialization of products for enterprise
  • Strategic communications
  • Marketing and brand positioning and strategy
  • Government affairs
  • Media training
  • Media relations
  • Public affairs
  • Talent and recruiting

Ventures Advisory Board

The ventures business, run by Betsy Cohen, leverages the expertise of our leadership across Teneo, including a standing ventures advisory board comprised of many of our senior executives and advisors.

In addition to providing financial capital, Teneo Ventures leverages capabilities across our platform to offer strategic advisory that spans the breadth of our firm's entire service offering.

    Our Partners

    • An app providing instant alerts of nearby 911 emergencies, as well as real-time user updates that keep you up-to-date on the incident.
    • A supplier governance platform that connects diverse suppliers to Fortune 2000 companies.
    • OS system that creates a smart kitchen experience. Drop works with appliance makers and recipe sites to power smart kitchen products.
    • AI-driven audience monetization platform focusing on e-sports, and their sponsor ecosystems, making their audience data actionable.
    • Innovative cloud, mobile, voice and big data platform, embedded with strong domain expertise, to enable and empower corporates to manage their CSR and sustainability goals.
    • Location-first marketing cloud company to engage customers on location and in real time.
    • The leading career advancement platform for Black, Latinx, and Native American students and professionals
    • Ultrasonic inaudible data transmission. LISNR SmartTones sends data over audio without the need for internet or Wi-Fi. Auto industry use cases include: authentication, personalization, security, and payments.
    • Mobile safety communications platform delivering actionable crowdsourced safety and security intelligence, preventing incidents before they occur, and connecting people to the help they need.
    • Biomechanical analysis delivering solutions to athletes, employees, insurance, medical community.
    • Africa's leading consumer feedback company which uses real-time mobile messaging technology to connect businesses with their customers.
    • Diabetes management platform that uses mobile computing and data science to empower people with diabetes to live healthier lives.
    • Biometric data and predictive analytics to prevent injury, accelerate recovery, optimize training and maximize performance.
    • The premier site for online luxury consignment with multiple locations across the United States that accept and ship product worldwide.
    • Online refractive eye exam, embedded into sites like 1800Contacts and Lens.com.
    • A care coordination concierge platform to take better care of families dealing with chronic illness.
    • A developer of industry leading, machine learning systems with positive real-world impact.
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