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ADP Establishes Corporate Venture Capital Fund


ADP (NASDAQ: ADP), a Roseland, NJ-based global technology company providing human capital management (HCM) solutions, launched its corporate venture capital arm and innovation lab, ADP Ventures.

ADP Venture aims to enhance and strengthen ADP’s core business, create offerings in new adjacent segments and geographies, and develop new assets to monetize markets and segments beyond HCM.

As part of its strategy, ADP Ventures will invest in and partner with early-stage and scaling tech startups that advance ADP’s innovation strategy. 

ADP Ventures intends to focus on early-stage strategic investments with co-investors and will target a small subset of the most innovative new companies. Consistent with the above, ADP already completed investments in two start-ups this year: 

  • Cocoon, a leave management software provider that focuses on improving the employee leave experience by automating the most challenging parts of compliance, claims and payroll calculations; and,
  • Fringe, a marketplace of services that facilitates a plethora of programs such as lifestyle benefit stipends, wellbeing, rewards and recognition, and peer-to-peer gifting.    

The arm has also invested in SemperVirens Venture Capital, an early-stage venture capital fund that invests in technology transforming work, health and financial wellness. The partnership with SemperVirens also brings direct access to the firm’s executive advisory board, composed of over 140 experts, to advise founders on scaling their products, sales strategies and key partnerships.

Commenting on the launch of the new arm, Maria Black, president and chief executive officer of ADP said: “Our mission is to empower businesses and their employees. ADP Ventures will allow us to further invest to provide clients with unmatched support throughout the HCM journey, from hire to retire and, most importantly, that critical space in between where we hope to inspire people as they fulfill their potential.

In addition, Sreeni Kutam, president of global product and innovation at ADP said: “The world of work is changing at an unprecedented pace and many entrepreneurs are focused on advancing speed to innovation in this space. ADP Ventures is investing in the total human experience, in technology that empowers people at work and beyond work, whether it’s collaboration, health and wellbeing, talent acquisition, financial wellness or HCM analytics.

Usman Khan, senior vice president, Ventures at ADP, added: “ADP is committed to innovating and partnering to shape the future of the HCM industry. ADP possesses the product stack, global market footprint, brand, and partnership expertise to work with and scale new companies. As an active partner to startups we invest in, we can help accelerate their growth and impact on the human experience through access to our customers, platforms, proprietary data, subject matter experts and broader community.