Leading car brands want to spend $1 billion on start-ups over next five years

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Carlos Ghosn, chairman and chief executive officer of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi
Carlos Ghosn, chairman and chief executive officer of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, the world’s leading automotive alliance, has announced the launch of Alliance Ventures, a new corporate venture capital fund that plans to invest up to $1 billion to support innovation over the next five years.

In its first year, the fund expects to invest up to $200 million in start-ups and open innovation partnerships with technology entrepreneurs focused on new mobility, including vehicle electrification, autonomous systems, connectivity and artificial intelligence.

Carlos Ghosn, chairman and chief executive officer of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, said: “Our open innovation approach will allow us to invest and collaborate with start-up companies and technology entrepreneurs, who will benefit from the global scale of the Alliance. This new fund reflects the collaborative spirit and entrepreneurial mind-set at the heart of the Alliance.”

The new fund is unique because it offers potential partners access to the global scale and scope of Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, which sold more than 10 million vehicles in 2017 through 10 separate brands with a presence in all major automotive markets.

Alliance Ventures will invest in start-ups to bring new technologies and businesses to the Alliance while ensuring a fair financial return. The fund will make strategic investments at all start-up stages and will incubate both new automotive entrepreneurs and forge new partnerships.

By making such investments, Alliance Ventures will help identify and support the development of new technologies for potential use by Alliance members.

Renault (40%), Nissan (40%) and Mitsubishi Motors (20%) will jointly fund the entity, which will have a dedicated investment committee to make investment decisions and monitor their performance.

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