Rapid provides corporate partners and carefully selected investors with a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of innovation and startup development by co-developing relevant start-ups.
We have built a robust process for assessing and validating ideas of interest, rapidly evolving towards a minimal product and established product-market-fit, and developing a scalable business. This process is delivered with arms-reach governance and tight intellectual and go-to-market collaboration with our corporate partners.
Established market incumbents need to come up with their “own disruptive technologies” to stay relevant and ahead of global competition. However most large enterprises are well aware that disruptive innovation tends to thrive best outside the walls of the corporation.
We venture development risk by creating an outsourced innovation laboratory that augments strategic corporate venture investing, acquisition, and internal incubation schemes to deliver a hot-house environment in which independent start-up companies can be created and managed in alignment with strategic goals. This structure offers strategic partners a unique tool to retain top “entrepreneurial” talent within the corporate ecosystem, while incubating closely aligned disruptive startups.
Innovative startups are disrupting traditional incumbents and industrial manufacturers. In order to remain globally competitive, major conglomerates must be prepared to invest in, and eventually acquire these innovative companies order to maintain and indeed grow their market share.
We pursue an ‘intentional M&A’ strategy even before a company is founded. Intentional M&A ensures that key decisions in the company’s development are made with an eye to eventual acquisition by a large corporate. Intentional M&A structures how we manage talent, intellectual property, business and pricing models, sales process, partnership structures, etc. Perhaps most importantly, intentional M&A affects how portfolio companies raise and deploy capital: rather than a high-burn, high-risk model that has become standard for venture-backed startups.
Rapid builds and drives the product or company development, and partners are integrated into the model as a valuable source of ideas, validation, funding, and routes to market.
Our process is highly capital efficient and we control both external investment and the expectations of our founding teams to ensure that our portfolio companies are ready to acquired at defined valuations that are attractive to our corporate partners.