Despite growing interest in sourcing innovation outside their walls, corporations have struggled to find efficient and organized ways to engage with innovative young companies.
How it works
After 4+ years working with leading global corporations, we have a deep understanding of the innovation challenges that face large corporations. Through the Corporate-Startup Challenge, we help you find partnerships that will keep your corporation on the cutting edge of innovation. Participating corporations pay a program sponsorship fee, which includes a 6-month engagement and membership with the ISTC.
Our process begins when we convene a team of decision-makers from across your organization to identify a set of “opportunity areas.” These items represent specific technologies of interest and challenges that might be addressed through partnerships with startup companies.
After an exhaustive screening and vetting process, we deliver a digital portfolio of startup companies that best align with your innovation needs. We provide stakeholder in your company with access to our online startup portal, where you can access highly curated data about your startup matches.
We will work with your team to host a Shark Tank-style demo day, with a panel of executives who will judge pitches from 8-10 startup companies. From here, we will help you evaluate, make decisions, and build relationships with the most promising companies. Our team will work with you on an ongoing basis to track and facilitate these partnerships.