Context

Collaboration between corporates and startups, if done right, can bring tremendous benefit to both. Startups can access invaluable resources and market insight which can help them scale, whilst for established companies, such collaborations offer an important mode of innovation – as well as subtler benefits like cultural change. However, it is hard to get it right. We believe that the organisations doing this well should be recognised as trailblazers.
Global Innovation Leaders are invited to apply.

Methodology

Mind the Bridge, in collaboration with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the 100 y.o. institution representing more than 45M businesses worldwide, annually elaborates the “Corporate Startup Stars” list – a ranking of more ‘startup-friendly’ global corporates. Awarded companies have gone the extra mile to establish mutually-beneficial partnerships with startups – whether through procurement/licensing/partnerships, accelerators, direct investment, acquisitions or other dedicated internal programs.
The evaluation is coordinated by a judging committee and based on a package of information that the participating companies are submitting.
Startups’ nominations complement the evaluation process.

Application Process

Applications should be done at Group level, consolidating all the multiple innovation activities that corporates are running through all their different entities/BUs (CVCs, special vehicles, …).
Next application will open in March 2021.

Categories

Special Awards

Judging Committee

In defining the final ranking we will be helped by a panel of judges composed
of the following exceptional professionals.

Candace Johnson
Candace Johnson
Serial Entrepreneur, President Emeritus EBAN, ICC Executive Board member
Bindi Karia
Bindi Karia
Member of the High Level Group of Innovators, EU European Innovation Council, Former Vice President at Silicon Valley Bank
Marième Diop
Marième Diop
Founder of Dakar Network Angels, Manager Orange Digital Ventures Africa, Fellow of the President’s Obama Young African Leaders Initiative

Linda Smith
Linda Smith
Co-Chair of the Global Business Angel Network (GBAN) and Chairman Emeritus of the Angel Capital Association
Fernando Spnola
Fernando Spnola
Managing General Partner, Base Partners
Timothy Tong
Timothy Tong
CEO of the AMTD Foundation, President Emeritus of Hong Kong Polytechnic University, former Dean of George Washington University
Alberto Onetti
Alberto Onetti
Serial entrepreneur and coordinator of the Startup Europe Partnership

In collaboration with

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