A+E Ventures was created to invest in early-stage media, content and technology companies to grow our current business and launch new business lines. These investments allow us to form strong strategic partnerships that leverage A+E Networks®’s powerful brands and infrastructure.

CORE INVESTMENT CRITERIA

As a leading media company, we focus our attention on three core areas:

  • Creators/brands (especially content designed to reach new audiences on multiple platforms)
  • Technology (data/analytics, advertising and marketing technologies)
  • Platforms (distributors and aggregators)

The goal of our investments include:

  • Commercial alignment with our existing brands and platforms
  • Unique shareable insights and learnings to grow our respective businesses

We look for strong founders with a combination of talent, passion and a demonstrated track record of execution.

We prefer to invest early in companies, typically at the seed or Series A level.

We regularly lead investment rounds and expect a board seat for our active participation.

OUR APPROACH

Sourcing

  • We source our investments through venture capital firms, entrepreneurs, existing media companies and our A+E business units with business insights at the commercial level. We are actively involved in the New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco ecosystems, but have increasingly been evaluating investment opportunities in other domestic markets, as well as internationally.

Evaluation/Investment

  • Our team reviews the investment’s strategic rationale to see if there is a fit to engage in further conversations. We work closely with the investment company to complete business and legal due diligence in a timely and efficient manner. The investment opportunity is then vetted by our investment committee for approval prior to negotiating final terms.

Integrations

  • A unique differentiator of A+E’s investment participation is the active role taken to develop and grow the investment. A+E’s dedicated integrations team connects the company with internal resources that can be leveraged for rapid growth as well as access to external relationships to further build the investment.

If you’d like to be considered for A+E investment, please submit an overview to investments@aenetworks.com

OUR TEAM

The A+E Ventures team consists of individuals with a strong mix of financial, strategic and operational experience that can deliver unique value and insights to the investment process. The team has developed deep relationships both externally across the investment and start-up community as well as internally across A+E business units to identify investments that can drive strategic value to the broader organization.

Elizabeth Braiman
Vice President, Corporate Development and Strategy

Kimberly Dobson
Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Strategy Integrations

Ross Habif
Senior Vice President, Corporate Development & Ventures

Rajat Sharma
Senior Director, Corporate Strategy

Mary Catherine Wilkison
Senior Analyst, Corporate Development and Strategy

Ethan Illfelder
Senior Analyst, Corporate Development & Strategy

Derek Wong
Senior Associate, Corporate Development & Strategy