Founded in 2017, Koch Disruptive Technologies is the corporate venture capital arm of Koch Industries based in Wichita, Kansas. The firm focuses on partnering with high-growth companies that disrupt current alternatives with demonstrated technology.
Koch Industries is a major corporation that creates and innovates on a wide spectrum of products and services that make life better ranging from ethanol production to military-grade fabrics – and to do so responsibly while consuming fewer resources.
We are pleased to offer this Remote Externship Program with Paragon One supporting a key project at Koch Disruptive Technologies (KDT), the Venture Capital (VC) arm of Koch Industries. Over the next 8 weeks, we will guide and mentor you as you work on answering critical questions that will enable KDT to find its next investment opportunity.
In this overview, we’ll briefly familiarize you with KDT, its mission, why this project and your work is important, the timeline, and what you can expect after completing this project.
Koch Disruptive Technologies (KDT) focuses on partnering with companies that have the potential to disrupt current market alternatives with demonstrated, cutting-edge technology. KDT looks for opportunities to create mutual benefit by working with entrepreneurs who can help transform Koch’s core capabilities, create new capabilities, or expand Koch into new platforms. Koch’s existing portfolio of companies spans across energy, minerals, paper and forest products, chemicals, fertilizer, agriculture, fiber, polymers, information technology, and finance.
The goal of this project is to assess the growth and market potential of six key emerging industries and find promising startups and companies that can add significant value to and expand Koch’s portfolio. These industries are as follows:
Mobile Robotics- including but not limited to automated guide carts and vehicles (AGC and AGV), unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) such as drones, etc.)
The sector I should do is HR/Talent Technology. Please answer the following questions:
1. Briefly describe the sector and any sub-categories within the sector, if applicable.
2. Using your sources, estimate the total market size of this sector for the year 2018. State in $billion
3. Using your sources, estimate the total market size of this sector for the year 2019. State in $billion
4. Using your sources, estimate the total market size of this sector for the year 2020. State in $billion
5. Using resources available to you, estimate the market size of the sector you are analyzing. Provide references and any assumptions in the source line. State in $billion.
6. Sector CAGR
What is the estimated Compounded Annual Growth (CAGR%) for this sector? You may use this calculator to help you calculate this https://cagrcalculator.net/ or state the report/article where you sourced it.
7. 2018 Funding Activity. Enter the number of funding rounds in this industry
8. 2019 Funding Activity. Enter the number of funding rounds for this sector
9. 2020YTD (year to date) Funding Activity. Enter the number of funding rounds in this sector
10. Top 1 VC Investor. Enter the venture capital firm investing the most in this sector, either in number of deals or total dollars
11. Top 2 VC Investor. Enter the venture capital firm investing the second-most in this sector, either in number of deals or total dollars
12. Top 3 VC Investor. Enter the venture capital firm investing the third-most in this sector, either in number of deals or total dollars
13. Key Players
Who are the startups or companies currently dominating the sector? Separate names with commas
14. Market Size
Rate the market size for this sector. Then briefly explain why you chose that rating in the source line
15. Market Growth
Rate the market growth for this sector. Then briefly explain why you chose that rating in the source line
Rate the competition in this sector. In the source, mention your reasoning for the rating
With a large market, it’s natural to have a lot of competition. Many businesses will strive to meet the needs of paying customers. However, more startup companies making inroads into a sector will drive up competition – making it harder to differentiate.
To clarify, if competition is low/ sparse (few companies) that means that this is ripe for disruption. However, if competitions is high (lots of companies) that means that the sector is crowded, making it harder for startups to break through,
By now, you should have a strong understanding of the funding rounds and vertical overall. Based on all your research so far, use your best judgment. There is no right or wrong answer!
17. Investment Opportunity
Rate the investment opportunity in this sector. Then briefly explain why you chose that rating in the source line
Give the market for sector an overall rating based on all the areas rated. Then briefly explain why you chose that rating in the source line