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3M New Ventures

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3M New Ventures was created to strengthen 3M's position at the leading edge of global innovation by complementing 3M's holistic innovation strategy with a focus on disruptive, early stage innovations outside of the company's existing portfolio. 3M New Ventures identifies and invests in the most promising new-to-3M technologies, services and business models with long term strategic relevance to 3M.

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3M New Ventures seeks game changing opportunities, cutting-edge platform technologies, outstanding entrepreneurs and strong intellectual property positions in high-growth markets that are strategically important to 3M. With minority investments in start-up companies, 3M New Ventures creates not only financial value but most importantly strategic synergies between 3M and the venture.

As a strategic investor, 3M is an active partner of each portfolio company. Through constant interaction with the management and board of directors, active exploration of collaborative opportunities, and ongoing strategic counsel, 3M New Ventures aims to accelerate the portfolio company's growth and technical development, and to create value for both entities.

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As part of 3M corporate, 3M New Ventures is headquartered in St. Paul, Minn. All investment decisions are made by the New Venture Board, a committee of 3M C-level executives and other senior decision makers.

3M New Ventures’ global operations cover the major hotspots for innovation in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), the Americas, and Asia Pacific (APAC) like the USA, Brazil, Western Europe, Israel, Singapore, China and Taiwan.

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Focus Areas

3M New Ventures focuses on disruptive technology and business model innovations in the following six strategic areas:

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Innovation Brochure

Culture of Innovation
(English, PDF 2.5MB)

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