Corporate Startup Engagement

Corporate Startup Engagement

To engage with world-class startups is a powerful tool for innovation and long-term success, when done right. This is where we come in.

What’s in it for you?

If the question is how a corporate stays at the forefront of its industry, Corporate Startup Engagement is the answer. It connects the best of both worlds: your infrastructure, network and know-how with the speed, tech and talent of startups.

Stay at the forefront of innovation

Startups bring new business models, talents and technologies to the table, which enable you to become the pioneer of your industry.

Identify new business opportunities

Early insight and access to new technologies, product ideas and know-how open doors to new opportunities and growth initiatives.

Competitive advantage

To see startups as external resources rather than competitive threats helps you solve business problems faster and cheaper.

Market intelligence

The bottom-up approach allows you to collect valuable information regarding trends, markets and competitors.

Change in mindset

Employees adopt an entrepreneurial mindset when being exposed to entrepreneurs’ growth mindset, lean approaches and fresh ideas.

Strengthen brand positioning

It strengthens your position as an innovation-driven organization among customers, partners and future employees.

Achieving the SDGs together with startups

We handpick startups that are about to solve the world’s biggest problems in areas such as renewable electricity, advanced manufacturing/robotics and food waste management.

Then we connect them to industry-leading corporations to accelerate business solutions for the SDGs 7, 9 and 12. It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved.

What we offer you

We know the value of Corporate Startup Engagement, and we know the risks and challenges. That’s why we build bridges between corporations and startups.

Venture Scouting Services

Looking for startups with groundbreaking solutions for your business case? Look no further. We help you tap into new opportunities by scoping, scouting and selecting the startups that are about to make the biggest splash in your industry.

Corporate Startup Matchmaking

We go beyond traditional matchmaking by providing an end-to-end solution from ideation to partnership, obviously tailored to your needs. We assist you in scoping, scouting, selecting, internal cultural readiness, facilitating pilots and rolling out.

Startup Engagement Membership

It gives you access to the world's most promising sustainability startups, and the know-how of collaborating and engaging with them. In other words; it gives you access to resources your competitors wish they had.

Startup Accelerator

Disrupt your industry by building your own accelerator, and let us boost its chances of success. By letting entrepreneurs and employees work tightly together, you find solutions to your industry’s biggest challenges before your competitors do.

We work with the best corporates

The program launched together with Denmark's leading consumer good retailer COOP scouts and accelerates scalable startups for the retail industry. COOP Denmark is working dedicatedly on digital innovations within retail and wants to collaborate with startups which will be scaled by using skilled business advisors and the unique COOP infrastructure.  

Arla Foods has a vision of creating foods of the future. Accelerace has helped Arla to scout, attract and select foodtech startups from all over the world. One of them is Mimica

Enel and Accelerace collaborate to accelerate European smart energy startups through the INCENSE program. We selected and worked with 42 startups and more than 13 startups have initiated collaborations with Enel.

  Accelerace delivers venture scouting services to NRGi finding technology-driven startups that will apply new technology focus to the NRGi company portfolio. Our innovation service also includes impact analyses of the specific technologies and, ultimately, the facilitation between the startups and NRGi.

How do you get started?

Our vast experience has taught us that a Readiness Workshop is a great way to get started with your corporate-startup engagement. The workshop can take place at either your headquarters or at ours, in Copenhagen.

The Readiness Workshop is a full day of targeting executive management readiness. During the day, we map your processes and assesses your readiness and potential for engaging with startups.

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Contact us

Do you want to learn more or do you have some questions in how to get started, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Claus Strand Kristensen

Partner in Accelerace, Head of Sales & Commercialization
+45 25458430

Oliver Nørregaard

Head of International Partnerships
+33 6 12 56 20 11