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, …)

  • You can use this offline template in order to know which information you need to gather for completing the application.

  • To submit your application, the information needs to be sent through the form in our webpage.

  • The application needs to be done in a single process (we cannot save your progress for privacy reasons).

  • All data gathered will be treated confidentially and will not circulated without prior written consent of the respondents.

Offline Template
Web Application

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
Constantijn Van Oranje-Nassau
Constantijn Van Oranje-Nassau
Prince of the Netherlands, Special Envoy StartupDelta, Co Founder & Chairman Startup Fest Europe
Sherry Coutu
Sherry Coutu
Angel Investor, Author of the UK Scaleup Report
Marième Diop
Marième Diop
Founder of Dakar Network Angels, Manager Orange Digital Ventures Africa, Fellow of the President’s Obama Young African Leaders Initiative

Piers Linney
Piers Linney
Entrepreneur, Former investor on BBC Dragons’ Den (Shark Tank), lawyer & ibanke, NED British Business Bank, #BAME 100
Linda Smith
Linda Smith
Co-Chair of the Global Business Angel Network (GBAN) and Chairman Emeritus of the Angel Capital Association
Alberto Onetti
Alberto Onetti
Serial entrepreneur and coordinator of the Startup Europe Partnership

In collaboration with International Chamber of Commerce

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