ATV Focus Areas
Innovation is at the forefront of everything ABB does and many of the technologies driving modern society were pioneered by ABB since its founding over 130 years ago. As ABB’s strategic venture investment arm, ATV pushes forward this innovation envelope, scouting the globe for the best strategically aligned technology partners.
ATV was established to identify and accelerate disruptive, next generation technologies in power and automation and to increase the pace of innovation at ABB. We do this through early- and mid-stage equity investments with initial checks of $500,000 up to $5 million with an eye towards investing $1-$10 million in a company over its life. We are capped at 20% ownership.
From the outset of working with potential investments, ATV acts as a bridge between the startup and the key ABB players partnering with ATV: global BUs and technology managers, any of ABB’s seven corporate research centers (CRCs), as well as local/regional BUs, sales groups and product groups. This ensures that there is full alignment of expectations and goals and maximum ease around a smaller company being able to tap into ABB’s global network of ABB expertise and resources. With over 140,000 employees and being the largest supplier of industrial motors and drives, the largest provider of generators to the wind industry and the largest supplier of power grids in the world, the ABB network is a formidable asset for a startup of any stage.