Our Venture Creation Strategies
Aegis partners with industry leaders to co-create new companies that address their most pressing challenges. We embrace the complexities of navigating large organizations and collaborate with corporate partners to pioneer solutions to long-standing obstacles.
We drive the creation process — from ideation to development and on to commercialization — combining our operational strength and flexible capital with our partners’ domain expertise.
Our network provides access to unique opportunities across industries and geographies. Within special situations, we target high value scientific discoveries, new ways of harnessing existing technologies, and international startups looking to break into new markets.
When we identify a high potential prospect, our internal team conducts in-depth research and sources support from subject matter experts. We negotiate joint ventures that put partners' interests first and fully align long-term incentives.
Our track record as a leader in other asset classes provides a unique vantage point into venture building, enabling us to identify solutions to key problems we can build companies around.
Consistent with how we have innovated in other business lines, we only pursue ideas in which we have a long-term, thematic view on the sector's growth potential and strong conviction in our ability to generate a defensible competitive edge.
Entrepreneur in Residence
The discoveries that most profoundly transform the world are often conceived by scientists and innovators with highly-specialized expertise. However, many of these individuals lack the support needed to bring their breakthrough discoveries to the world.
We bring these inventions to market by enabling world-class scientists to stay focused on their research — supporting them with the capital, commercial, and entrepreneurial resources they need to realize the full potential of their innovations.1 / 4
Our Creation Process
Our ideation process involves a collaboration between our internal operating team and our network of partners and subject matter experts. We select ideas based on our knowledge and research, which informs our level of conviction and views on strategic significance, execution capacity, and probability of success.
Our validation process is the cornerstone of our vision to systematize and de-risk the venture creation process. In this phase, we test hypotheses — around product-market fit, technical feasibility, and competitive positioning — using funded real-world experiments supplemented by customer interviews, market research, and technical and legal due diligence.
In this phase, our internal operating team leads initial business development efforts through a comprehensive action plan comprising a business model, product development roadmap, and go-to-market strategies. Next, our internal team sprints to develop an MVP that we can put in front of customers.
Once we have high confidence in a product's commercial viability, we formalize our commitment to the newco through material capital commitment. The company is staffed with a full-time management team — with operating partners prioritized for leadership roles — and launched with the full backing of our ecosystem and platform resources.
Our core operating team provides operational, strategic, and advisory support services to newcos as they launch, scale, and expand their operations. Once newcos reach the sufficient scale to no longer require day-to-day support, they are spun out. While Aegis continues to play an active role at the board-level, companies at this stage of maturity operate with relative independence.
Systematic Value Creation
Our methodical, hands‑on approach to building businesses centers on phasing capital outlays around the attainment of technical, legal, and commercial value creation milestones. These milestones are tailored to isolate operational complexities, minimize downside exposure, and maximize asymmetric upside potential.