Corporate Matchmaking

We help you navigate the corporate jungle!

Startups pride themselves on speed, innovation and risk-taking, but often have difficulty scaling. Without consumers to test ideas, products, and solutions, startups risk building the wrong product.
A fast track into experienced pools of executives who know the space, provide valuable feedback, and have user groups ready to trial products and services is a huge benefit.
Our corporate-startup matchmaking program will help you navigate the corporate jungle to make sure you get the best from both worlds.

Corporate Partnership Opportunities

Corporate Matchmaking Program
Waoo

To ensure the best digital experience for their customers, Waoo is now seeking startups who are working with data. Areas of particular interest include predictive maintenance, anomaly detection, pro-active customer service, data processing & cleaning and P2P mesh connectivity. Does this sound like your company?
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Application Deadline: 04/02/2021

WHAT IT TAKES

The right product
It has to be more than just an idea. Think of it as a qualified pitch presentation to get investors interested in your startup. You must have a proof-of-concept or a MVP (minimum viable product), but we strongly prefer if you already have a product on the market.
The right team
Participating startups must have minimum of one full-time founders that are 100% focused on the core idea. They must be able to receive coaching and mentoring in English and stay committed to realizing their business goals. We are looking for visionary entrepreneurs with ambitions to change the future.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost for the startup?

The corporate-startup matchmaking is completely free for startups. No equity taken or hidden application fees.

Do I have to enroll in Acceleraces’ acceleration program to be considered?

No, the corporate-startup matchmaking opportunity is separate from our accelerator activities. To be considered for the corporate-startup matchmaking, you have to apply for the specific corporate opportunity via the application form on Acceleraces website.

How do you match me with a corporate?

After you submit your application to be matched with a corporate, we create a longlist of the most promising startups and present that to the corporate.

10-12 startups from that list will then be invited to a selection day to present and answer questions about their suggested pilot/technologies in front of a panel of C-level management team of the corporate.

At the end of that day, a selection is made about next steps – so which startups are going to start exploration talks with the corporate for pilots. The process length varies, but we try to get from application deadline to exploration talks in 1 month.

What is Acceleraces role in the corporate-startup matchmaking?

Accelerace acts as an intermediary between the corporate and startup – we help to define the challenges corporates are looking to solve, we help to find innovative solutions and startups that can solve or enhance the corporates offerings and services. Accelerace is involved in the first selection of startups to be pitched to the corporate and advising the startups on the corporates needs and helps to refine their pitches for the selection day.

After the selection day, Accelerace supports both the corporate and the startup in the exploration talks to ensure a fast-moving process and positive outcomes.

Why is an accelerator necessary in matching corporates to startups?

We’re involved to ensure a match happens from both the corporate and startup side. Working with bigger corporates, sometimes startups don’t know what to expect or how the processes work. We’re here to help them understand and support them in the journey. And also to help the corporates in their decision making, planning and executing.

Are you qualified to do this?

Yes, Accelerace has a long and successful track record in working with corporates from different industries such as energy, foodtech, ICT, sound, cleantech and telecom. In 2020 we matched 300+ quality startups with our corporate partners and we’re excited to find even more