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Redefining Corporate Venture Capital

Qualcomm Ventures is the venture capital arm of Qualcomm, Inc. and although we are a corporate VC, we approach each investment opportunity much like a traditional financial VC.

That means entrepreneurs can expect a quick & transparent process, an ability to see us bet big & early and a commitment to stay focus on helping you reach a desirable exit. We have been actively investing around the world since 2000 and have more than $1B under management.

We are proud backers of Cruise Automation, Fitbit, Waze, InvenSense, MagicLeap, Thundersoft, Xiaomi, Zoom and many more.

How We’re Different

Helping Companies Succeed

As the investment arm of the leading mobile technology provider, Qualcomm Ventures has the ability to provide companies with unparalleled access to leading technical expertise, a global network of wireless ecosystem partners and cutting edge technology. Our goal is simple, to provide startups with the guidance and support they need while on their road to success. One of the ways we do this is by helping them interface with Qualcomm which provides access to the following.

Wireless expertise

With Qualcomm Ventures, you get a partner that has been investing in mobile and wireless innovation for over 15 years.

Global Network

We have the ability to connect you with a global network of wireless ecosystem partners including carriers, OEMs and investors.

Cutting Edge Technology

Qualcomm Ventures can facilitate access to Qualcomm's internal resources and cutting edge technology to support your development plan across a wide range of fields and disciplines.

PORTFOLIO COMPANY CASE STUDY

RetailNext
Qualcomm Ventures helped RetailNext bring their Aurora sensor to market in record time. By working closely with RetailNext to understand their goals, we uncovered that the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor could potentially fit their needs. In the end, working with Qualcomm enabled them to create and provide their customers with a highly differentiated product, which took their business to the next level.

Download the case study here.

Areas of Interest

Anything wireless sparks our interest, but here are a few specific areas we’re passionate about:

Virtual Reality
Internet of Things
Robotics
Cloud
Wireless Health

Location Matters

Innovative entrepreneurs like you are changing the world—from all around the globe.

Even in our increasingly connected society, location matters. Political and cultural nuances can make all the difference. That’s why we’ve established seven international investment offices in some of the hottest regions for technological growth. 

When you work with Qualcomm Ventures, your company will have direct access to investment managers who personally know your market and can guide you to a successful exit.
Learn more about the people you will be working with.

Recent Portfolio Success

Want a glimpse into your future?

Take a look at what our portfolio companies have achieved over the last few years or view the full history.

Recent Exits — IPO + M&A

IPO
M&A
2017
Owlchemy Labs
Owlchemy Labs

Owlchemy Labs is a creative game studio with a passion for polished and unique games and VR experiences. Founded in 2010 and based out of Austin, TX, they love building anything that’s oozing with style. They believe that interaction and using your hands is what truly makes virtual reality the most incredible place to build unique content that blows players minds. 

2016
ClearCare
ClearCare

ClearCare is a software company that offers the world’s first front- and back-office solution for private duty home care agencies.

Corrigon
Cruise Automation
Cruise Automation

Cruise is leading the driverless revolution by building a fleet of self-driving robo-taxis.

Hawkeye
Hawkeye

Hawkeye provides mobile video surveillance as a service across China. The Company operates a nationwide video management center and an advance compression technology that allows its Android and iOS apps to access live video. It’s client software works with 100+ types of surveillance cameras and solves the ADSL 64KB upload limit problem to enable low cost adoption.

Heyzap
Heyzap

Heyzap is redesigning mobile advertising from the ground up, aiming to bring automation and transparency to the mobile ad ecosystem. Heyzap Mediation gives thousands of developers the power to dynamically test mobile ad networks against each other, and automatically deploys different networks to maximize revenue

Peak
Peak

Enjoy becoming better everyday with Peak. Founded by a team of academics and former Google, Amazon and EA employees, Peak leverages advancements in neuroscience, mobile gaming and big data to enable people to improve their cognitive skills.

Placemeter
Placemeter

Placemeter is a real-time data platform that uses sensors implemented by the community and public video feeds to quantify and index the physical world. Through translating data collected from hundreds of video feeds into predictive insights, Placemeter’s mission is to help cities operate more efficiently and effectively, and offer better understandings of their surroundings to people, businesses, and municipalities. Placemeter is a TechStars NY Spring 2013 company, the winner of the 2013 Web Summit startup competition, as well as a recent graduate from the New York TimesTimeSpace program. The company is headquartered in New York, NY and has raised $7.6 million in funding from NEA, Qualcomm Ventures, Triplepoint Capital, Collaborative Fund and other angels.

Pontis
Pontis

Pontis’ contextual marketing & selling solution for core Mobile and TV services helps operators increase revenue, reduce churn rates, and enhance customer loyalty through the delivery of contextual, personalized marketing programs.

Ravello
Ravello

Ravello was founded in 2011 with the mission of changing the way companies consume the public cloud. Ravello's Smart Labs have self-contained capsules to run your VMWare/KVM development, testing, training and demo environments in the cloud without migration. Teams can rapidly build, test and debug software. 

Tessolve
Tessolve

Tessolve is an independent engineering services company offering cutting-edge solutions in DFT, test engineering, test hardware development, failure analysis, assembly and package analysis for semiconductor devices. Located in Bangalore, India, Tessolve has an extensive portfolio of design and analysis tools and automated test equipment covering requirements across various industry verticals.

2015
Fitbit
Fitbit

Fitbit helps people lead healthier, more active lives by empowering them with data, inspiration and guidance to reach their goals. As the leader in the connected health and fitness category, Fitbit designs products and experiences that track everyday health and fitness. Fitbit’s diverse line of award-winning products includes Fitbit SurgeFitbit Charge HRFitbit ChargeFitbitFlexFitbit Zip and Fitbit One activity trackers, as well as the Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale. Fitbit products are carried in over 45,000 retail stores and more than 50 countries around the globe.

While Fitbit has concluded an initial public offering, shares held by Qualcomm are currently subject to contractual lock up obligations.  When the lock up obligations expire, Qualcomm over time may (but is not required to) fully or partially liquidate its position in Fitbit stock.

 

Apalya
Apalya

Apalya's video delivery platform optimises content for viewing on all screens, seamlessly integrating with mobile operators, content owners and mobile advertisers

Gfan
Gfan

GFan, an Android application store in China, offers an end-to-end solution for mobile app developers to market, distribute, and monetize their apps for Android platform in China.

Livescribe
Livescribe

Livescribe is the global leader in the design and manufacturing of smartpens, enabling customers to capture, search and share handwritten notes on the digital devices they use every day. Livescribe makes the only smartpens on the market that synchronize handwritten notes with recorded audio, making the ubiquitous pen more useful in today’s world. Livescribe’s family of smartpens include the Echo smartpen, the Sky wifi smartpen and the Livescribe 3 smartpen, with complementary software for each platform.

Madhouse
Madhouse

Founded in Shanghai in 2006, Madhouse is a leading mobile advertising platform and service company. Focused exclusively on mobile data-driven programmatic, the company aims to optimize mobile marketing investment and expand international audience for the clients. It not only helps brand advertisers engage target audience, build brand awareness, enhance purchase intention and increase customer loyalty in China, but also provides solutions for mobile app marketers to acquire high quality users globally. Madhouse expanded into India in 2012 and has become the largest mobile advertising company in the market. It has more than 240 employees in six offices across China and India.

Panoramic Power
Panoramic Power

Panoramic Power’s Demand Side Service and Solutions strategically align people, processes, and technology with financial, operational and environmental objectives.

Founded in 2009, Panoramic Power has quickly become a global pioneer in Energy Management Solutions.  Using our innovative and affordable solution that consists of our non-invasive and self-powered circuit-level technology coupled with our cloud-base analytics, companies across a wide range of retail and commercial industries gain actionable insights into their energy usage and are able to reduce energy costs, and generate revenues while optimizing operations, processes and maintenance resources.

Our goal is to offer solutions that increase energy savings and generate revenue, while improving operational efficiencies. We deliver an ROI for customers with an enterprise solution that is affordable, flexible and scalable enough to deliver a comprehensive set of energy management and operational services which also support corporate social responsibility and sustainability programs.

Predilytics
Predilytics

Predilytics is a healthcare information technology company, the first to commercially employ in healthcare the analytic techniques and processes that have demonstrated long-term success in demanding industry sectors like financial services and consumer products. We apply patented, machine-learning analytic tools to transform structured and unstructured client data, along with external data sources, into actionable insights. These insights point the way for healthcare organizations to more deeply understand consumer behavior, optimize and precisely target care delivery, and improve population health. Predilytics was founded in 2011 and is headquartered outside Boston, in Burlington, MA.

Y-plan
Yongche
Yongche

Yongche provides car-sharing solutions that are convenient and comfortable. They offer a wireless dispatch platform with response times within 12 seconds of order. Yongche has covered 122 domestic cities and 30 overseas cities such as New York, London, Sydney, Vancouver and more to come.

 
View full history

Recent Exits — IPO + M&A

IPO
2017
2016
2015
Fitbit
Fitbit

Fitbit helps people lead healthier, more active lives by empowering them with data, inspiration and guidance to reach their goals. As the leader in the connected health and fitness category, Fitbit designs products and experiences that track everyday health and fitness. Fitbit’s diverse line of award-winning products includes Fitbit SurgeFitbit Charge HRFitbit ChargeFitbitFlexFitbit Zip and Fitbit One activity trackers, as well as the Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale. Fitbit products are carried in over 45,000 retail stores and more than 50 countries around the globe.

While Fitbit has concluded an initial public offering, shares held by Qualcomm are currently subject to contractual lock up obligations.  When the lock up obligations expire, Qualcomm over time may (but is not required to) fully or partially liquidate its position in Fitbit stock.

 

 
M&A
2017
Owlchemy Labs
Owlchemy Labs

Owlchemy Labs is a creative game studio with a passion for polished and unique games and VR experiences. Founded in 2010 and based out of Austin, TX, they love building anything that’s oozing with style. They believe that interaction and using your hands is what truly makes virtual reality the most incredible place to build unique content that blows players minds. 

2016
ClearCare
ClearCare

ClearCare is a software company that offers the world’s first front- and back-office solution for private duty home care agencies.

Corrigon
Cruise Automation
Cruise Automation

Cruise is leading the driverless revolution by building a fleet of self-driving robo-taxis.

Hawkeye
Hawkeye

Hawkeye provides mobile video surveillance as a service across China. The Company operates a nationwide video management center and an advance compression technology that allows its Android and iOS apps to access live video. It’s client software works with 100+ types of surveillance cameras and solves the ADSL 64KB upload limit problem to enable low cost adoption.

Heyzap
Heyzap

Heyzap is redesigning mobile advertising from the ground up, aiming to bring automation and transparency to the mobile ad ecosystem. Heyzap Mediation gives thousands of developers the power to dynamically test mobile ad networks against each other, and automatically deploys different networks to maximize revenue

Peak
Peak

Enjoy becoming better everyday with Peak. Founded by a team of academics and former Google, Amazon and EA employees, Peak leverages advancements in neuroscience, mobile gaming and big data to enable people to improve their cognitive skills.

Placemeter
Placemeter

Placemeter is a real-time data platform that uses sensors implemented by the community and public video feeds to quantify and index the physical world. Through translating data collected from hundreds of video feeds into predictive insights, Placemeter’s mission is to help cities operate more efficiently and effectively, and offer better understandings of their surroundings to people, businesses, and municipalities. Placemeter is a TechStars NY Spring 2013 company, the winner of the 2013 Web Summit startup competition, as well as a recent graduate from the New York TimesTimeSpace program. The company is headquartered in New York, NY and has raised $7.6 million in funding from NEA, Qualcomm Ventures, Triplepoint Capital, Collaborative Fund and other angels.

Pontis
Pontis

Pontis’ contextual marketing & selling solution for core Mobile and TV services helps operators increase revenue, reduce churn rates, and enhance customer loyalty through the delivery of contextual, personalized marketing programs.

Ravello
Ravello

Ravello was founded in 2011 with the mission of changing the way companies consume the public cloud. Ravello's Smart Labs have self-contained capsules to run your VMWare/KVM development, testing, training and demo environments in the cloud without migration. Teams can rapidly build, test and debug software. 

Tessolve
Tessolve

Tessolve is an independent engineering services company offering cutting-edge solutions in DFT, test engineering, test hardware development, failure analysis, assembly and package analysis for semiconductor devices. Located in Bangalore, India, Tessolve has an extensive portfolio of design and analysis tools and automated test equipment covering requirements across various industry verticals.

2015
Apalya
Apalya

Apalya's video delivery platform optimises content for viewing on all screens, seamlessly integrating with mobile operators, content owners and mobile advertisers

Gfan
Gfan

GFan, an Android application store in China, offers an end-to-end solution for mobile app developers to market, distribute, and monetize their apps for Android platform in China.

Livescribe
Livescribe

Livescribe is the global leader in the design and manufacturing of smartpens, enabling customers to capture, search and share handwritten notes on the digital devices they use every day. Livescribe makes the only smartpens on the market that synchronize handwritten notes with recorded audio, making the ubiquitous pen more useful in today’s world. Livescribe’s family of smartpens include the Echo smartpen, the Sky wifi smartpen and the Livescribe 3 smartpen, with complementary software for each platform.

Madhouse
Madhouse

Founded in Shanghai in 2006, Madhouse is a leading mobile advertising platform and service company. Focused exclusively on mobile data-driven programmatic, the company aims to optimize mobile marketing investment and expand international audience for the clients. It not only helps brand advertisers engage target audience, build brand awareness, enhance purchase intention and increase customer loyalty in China, but also provides solutions for mobile app marketers to acquire high quality users globally. Madhouse expanded into India in 2012 and has become the largest mobile advertising company in the market. It has more than 240 employees in six offices across China and India.

Panoramic Power
Panoramic Power

Panoramic Power’s Demand Side Service and Solutions strategically align people, processes, and technology with financial, operational and environmental objectives.

Founded in 2009, Panoramic Power has quickly become a global pioneer in Energy Management Solutions.  Using our innovative and affordable solution that consists of our non-invasive and self-powered circuit-level technology coupled with our cloud-base analytics, companies across a wide range of retail and commercial industries gain actionable insights into their energy usage and are able to reduce energy costs, and generate revenues while optimizing operations, processes and maintenance resources.

Our goal is to offer solutions that increase energy savings and generate revenue, while improving operational efficiencies. We deliver an ROI for customers with an enterprise solution that is affordable, flexible and scalable enough to deliver a comprehensive set of energy management and operational services which also support corporate social responsibility and sustainability programs.

Predilytics
Predilytics

Predilytics is a healthcare information technology company, the first to commercially employ in healthcare the analytic techniques and processes that have demonstrated long-term success in demanding industry sectors like financial services and consumer products. We apply patented, machine-learning analytic tools to transform structured and unstructured client data, along with external data sources, into actionable insights. These insights point the way for healthcare organizations to more deeply understand consumer behavior, optimize and precisely target care delivery, and improve population health. Predilytics was founded in 2011 and is headquartered outside Boston, in Burlington, MA.

Y-plan
Yongche
Yongche

Yongche provides car-sharing solutions that are convenient and comfortable. They offer a wireless dispatch platform with response times within 12 seconds of order. Yongche has covered 122 domestic cities and 30 overseas cities such as New York, London, Sydney, Vancouver and more to come.

 
View full history