Innovation

Pioneers with 9 years of experience

Corporate Startup Engagement was once only for the brave few. Today, more than half of the world’s 500 largest companies are working with startups to stay on the cutting edge of their industry and avoid being disrupted by smaller, more agile startups.

We are pioneers in this space and have helped several corporates like Maersk, Arla and FOSS to form a happy marriage with top startups from around the world to build a continuous pipeline of innovation. Having worked with +500 highly ambitious startups over the last 9 years, we dare to say that we have the largest deal flow in Europe and can get help you connect with any startups that are relevant to your business.

Services

Venture Scouting

We spot and attract ideas, talents and technologies of tomorrow that will change and disrupt your business

Branded startup programs

We fast-track startups and implement collaboration projects in your company

Sponsorships

With many years on the startup scene, we can introduce you to the European startup ecosystem and help you get exposed and engaged with relevant stakeholders

Disruption talks

We provide insights on entrepreneurship, trends, innovation, disruption, tools and methods and much more.

Innovation strategy workshops

We assist in designing your innovations strategy based on our insights and know-how

Internal idea validation

We help accelerating the commercialization of your internal ideas and projects

Cases

Coop
Coop
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.  
Coop
Novo Nordisk Foundation
Novo Nordisk Foundation
Building an international mentor network to support Danish medtech startups in successful internationalization. The network counts leading universities like The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and University of North Carolina (UNC) that are acknowledged for their medtech expertise. "At the Novo Nordisk Foundation, we are very pleased with the Nordic Mentor Network for Entrepreneurship (NOME) that Accelerace has established over the last year. Today NOME covers the entire Nordic region including life science start-ups from all Nordic countries and several high-level mentors in the network. NOME is surely on its way to becoming the beacon in the ecosystem that we had hoped for from the very beginning." Thomas Alslev Christensen, Head of Operations Novo Nordisk Foundation
Novo Nordisk Foundation
Elia
Elia
The Belgian electricity transmission system operator Elia and Accelerace have joined forces to nurture innovations and help ambitious European start-ups to grow in the high voltage electricity sector. Strategic Partnership Manager Manoël Rekinger from Elia says: “Driven by the growth of renewable energy sources and the rise of digital technologies, the energy landscape is in transformation. Tomorrow, the consumer will have an ever more active role to play as a ‘prosumer’. This will offer opportunities to existing but also new actors. By joining forces, Elia and Accelerace aim to provide the necessary support and technical expertise to nurture innovations and help start-ups grow in the electricity sector.” Read more about the project in our Accelerace news section
Elia
Maersk
Maersk
Accelerace and Maersk have joined forces to deliver a world-class international accelerator for startups within the field of global trade, shipping and energy. The program is a part of the overall Maersk innovation strategy and leverages the vast internal resources, network, expertise and know-how. "Maersk needs new solutions to improve our existing business challenges. At the same time, we need to grow. We are kicking off pilot programs and experiments to learn how we achieve this by connecting with startup companies. This accelerator is an important part of that, where we hope to scout interesting companies that can solve our challenges and test our thinking, and use the time while they’re in the accelerator to get a better picture of what the business opportunity should be. By working with Accelerace, we will learn how accelerators can benefit our business interests while allowing us to support the growth and maturity of promising new companies. We see this as a mutually beneficial relationship for Accelerace, the startups, and ourselves.” The accelerator is being kicked off as part of Maersk’s Startups Collaboration Project. Anneli Bartholdy, Digital Innovation Lead Maersk Transport & Logistics
Maersk
Arla
Arla
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. Read about their collaboration here.
Arla
Bang & Olufsen
Bang & Olufsen
Accelerace has scouted global startups in the field of Sound and Home Integration as a part of the largest European startup competition (Next Step Challenge) with more than 900 applicants and 27 participating startups.
Bang & Olufsen
Enel
Enel
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. "Enel and Accelerace had the opportunity to collaborate in the implementation of the INCENSE program - a European accelerator funded by the European Commission. The collaboration was great, as the startups selected received a really valuable support and were well prepared to get in touch with Enel’s business lines to implement their solutions." Luca Seletto, Head of Startup Initiatives at Enel
Enel
Foss
Foss
FOSS is working every day to increase the global food safety but would like to increase their innovation speed and scope even more. They have decided to reach out to the startup community in the hope that together with innovative new startups they can improve the food safety situation globally. FOSS Business Development Manager Filip Poulsen says: “We are reaching out to the startup community in the hope that FOSS together with innovative new startups can improve the food safety situation globally. FOSS has scalability power of a multinational company with access to the food industry worldwide, and we hope that working together with startups will improve the existing solutions with a factor of 10 at least!”
Foss
Business Lolland-Falster
Business Lolland-Falster
Business Lolland-Falster is the business promotion agency of the southern part of Greater Copenhagen, Lolland-Falster. We provide a swift, professional and straightforward service in order to create the best possible operating conditions for startups and companies doing business and companies seeking to do business on Lolland-Falster. It is their goal for 2020 to make Lolland-Falster the best place to do business within Greater Copenhagen.
Business Lolland-Falster
NRGi
NRGi
  Accelerace delivers venture scouting services to NRGi finding technology-driven startups that will apply new technology to the NRGi portfolio of companies. Secondly,  Accelerace facilitates and eases the operation between the startups and NRGi.
NRGi
Nokia
Nokia
Accelerace supported Nokia's employee innovation by spinning out ideas and projects into sustainable new companies as well as helping these with strategy development, operational execution, team formation and funding.
Nokia

Get engaged

We don’t believe in ‘one size fits all’. Our engagement really depends on your innovation strategy and goals. We tailor our services to the need of your organization with a strong focus on delivering long-term value.

Get in touch with partner Søren Lottrup for more information.

M: +45 31177976. E: sl@accelerace.io

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