As the strategic investment group within American Express, American Express Ventures seek to invest in innovative startups in order to enhance the company’s core capabilities and accelerate their efforts in consumer commerce and B2B services. Across the globe, they strive to foster meaningful relationships with startups in our portfolio and beyond.

Focus

American Express Ventures are interested in both domestic and international investment opportunities. They prefer to work together with a syndicate of investors, and they are stage-agnostic following the seed round. They work very closely with management to help maximize returns for both parties through strategic pilots and partnerships.

 

Consumer Commerce

American Express Ventures look for companies that will help accelerate American Express’ digital transformation, strengthen connections with our global network of Card Members and merchants, and develop new ways to drive contextual relevance for commerce on new and existing platforms.  Areas of interest include mobile, consumer payments, marketplaces, lending, loyalty and digital marketing products.

 

B2B Services

American Express Ventures seek companies that offer new tools and technology that empower large, mid-size and small businesses to grow and better manage their operations.  Areas of interest include business payments, process automation, lending and small business services.

 

Core Capabilities

American Express Ventures also explore companies that are using new technologies and sources of data to improve the underlying fundamentals of their business. Areas of interest include servicing, customer acquisition, fraud detection, security, data analytics and underwriting.