Corporate Accelerators

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Database of Corporate Accelerators - Corporate Accelerator DB

An extensive list of active corporate accelerators.

Corporate Accelerators: What's In It For the Big Companies? - Forbes, 2016

“Whether a corporate chooses to invest in the startups they accelerate or not, they have a unique opportunity to cooperate with relevant companies who go through the program.”

4 Controversial Learnings After Setting Up a Corporate Accelerator - Daniele Dondi, LinkedIn Article

Daniele manages the Accelerator program at ING. He wrote about some of the unexpected lessons through ING Innovation Labs’ first 2 years.

Using Corporate Incubators and Accelerators to Drive Disruptive Innovation - Evangelos Simoudis, Article

“Corporations are establishing incubators, e.g., Samsung, and accelerators, e.g., Orange, in order to advance their disruptive innovation initiatives. They are doing so on their own, e.g., Samsung, Swisscom, or in partnership with independent accelerators, e.g., Disney, Microsoft, and Barclays have partnered with Techstars. ”

Daniele Dondi from the ING Innovation Studio - I/O Podcast, 13 min.

We liked his article so much we asked Daniele to join the I/O Podcast. This is Part I. Part II can also be found through this link.

Aya Zook from Microsoft Accelerator - I/O Podcast, 24 minutes

Microsoft operates one of the most well respected accelerator programs in the world. A recent graduate of the program told us he “couldn’t believe they were so selfless.” We invited Aya Zook, Accelerator Director, on to the I/O Podcast to hear more about it.

Checklist to Create Your Own Innovation Accelerator - Board of Innovation, Article

“Each organization has drivers and barriers (stakeholders, processes, market situations…) that make or break your accelerator. Drivers boost the chances of success. Brakes might slow you down or in the worst case kill your accelerator.”

Why Corporate Accelerators Fail - and What to do About It - RocketSpace, Article

“For these reasons, internal accelerators take a lot in terms of resources and person-power to manage. They require heavy R&D, extensive prep work, and a high-touch approach to program administration.”

How Corporate Giants are Getting Startups On-Side - Telegraph, Article

“These “corporate accelerator” schemes – which usually involve a competitive application process, a multi-week programme of developing products and refining business plans and a final pitch to win funding – have sprung up at several FTSE 100 stalwarts, including Diageo, Barclays and Pearson.”

Cooperation Between Startups and Corporations in Europe - OpenAxel, Whitepaper

“Barclays started its acceleration programme (then named London Escalator) in 2014. Quickly however expanded to other countries and now operates also in Manchester, Vilnius, Cape Town and New York (in the US Barclay’s accelerator is run by Techstars).”

How We Created a Lean Accelerator Inside a Big Corporate - Digital Shoreditch Festival, Video

Microsoft Ventures: “When we started we had a very minuscule budget and a dream. We wanted to launch an accelerator in London, we wanted to help startups grow…I came in and within 5 weeks I had launched a pilot. This was very atypical for Microsoft.”

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