Corporate Venture Capital or IB?
I am finishing my MSc this summer at a well-known European university and have ~1.5 years of internship experience at boutique IBs (1 year as a working student, 0.5 year as a full time student). I have an offer from a corporateand a tech-focused boutique IB in the DACH region, but I am having a hard time choosing between them. Pay is comparable.
Corporate venture capital
- Analyst level position
- Venture Capital Arm of a leading insurance group
- Fintech, Insurance, Digital Health focus
- They have around 150-200M EUR in AUM, they will be launching their next fund when I would start, which means I would be able to see through a full lifecycle of a fund
- They were established ~5 years ago
- Not sure how big the deal sizes are, but I'd say around 20-100M EUR max
- Focus on various kinds of growth-stage tech companies
- Let me know if you need any other info
Long term, I would definitely like to be on the buy-side, but I am wondering how much would the fact that I was at a corporate VC instead of a traditional one limit me career-wise in the future. I'm also not sure how much IB experience would be considered "enough". I already have 1.5 years M&A experience (although internship), so I'm not sure whether I should still work on building my CV, or just jump straight into what I would like to do in the long-term anyway.