LEGO Ventures focus’ its investments across four core segments, always with a focus on “learning through play”.
The Education Sector is on the brink of a massive transformation driven by the rapid technological developments. However, most children are still taught in systems that are outdated. LEGO Ventures believes that the current market dynamics represent a significant opportunity to invest in education technologies and companies that can influence the way children are engaged and retained through early education. Enabling technologies should have the agility to scale globally while companies targeting end users should be playful and foster curiosity, collaboration and open-ended problem solving.
Children of today need to be prepared for the society of tomorrow! In the era of the fourth industrial revolution, LEGO Ventures believes skills like creativity, curiosity, critical thinking, collaboration, confidence and empathy will be more important than ever before. LEGO Ventures is looking to invest in consumer-focused companies, who share our belief and who are providing innovative offerings, focusing on developing these essential life skills for the 21st Century.
LEGO Ventures believes children’s play spaces are fundamentally changing; parents and children are demanding deep and immersive play experiences which seamlessly transcend across space and time whilst engaging the entire family. LEGO Ventures looks to invest in companies that enable creativity and play across time and physical spaces, specifically focusing on connected toys with digital-physical integration, location-based play away from home, immersive outdoor play and solutions bringing parents and children together in play.
Creative confidence and ability will be core attributes for the future workforce. However, today most children rely on directed creative processes that leave little room for creative freedom. This has led to a decline in creativity scores amongst children worldwide. With the vision of democratizing creativity, LEGO Ventures will look to invest in consumer-focused companies that empower open-ended physical and/or digital creativity.
Beyond financial support, startups within LEGO Ventures’ portfolio have a direct link to the talent and knowledge that the LEGO Group has in ‘learning through play’ – as well as expertise in areas like supply chain, marketing, and product development.
LEGO Ventures currently has teams in Silicon Valley, Europe and Asia Pacific. We are size and stage agnostic with an ability to write checks at any stage in a company’s lifecycle.
LEGO Ventures will seek partners across the globe who have the same interest in reaching more children with innovative technology and learning through play concepts. In doing this we are prepared to both lead and follow funding rounds.
LEGO Ventures seeks to partner with its portfolio companies for the long term. We are patient capital with the means to provide follow on funding to our entrepreneurs.