The value for corporates closely involved to work with startups in an acceleration program
First of all and most importantly, as a corporate you get closer to the action and the prospect to meet with the most disruptive startups in the field. This of course creates opportunities to engage with at an early stage which can potentially lead to promising partnership opportunities. The mentioned events provided ample opportunities for this, and I am sure we will see a number of collaborations originating from them.
In addition, another tangible advantage is to learn first-hand from the startup way of working to create business success out of breakthrough innovations. At Philips Research, we are already reaping the benefits of our collaboration with startups in HighTechXL, and adopting a startup way of working in an accelerator program for our internal innovation teams.
If you are interested to read about the most crucial elements in a startup acceleration program, read on:
- Working alongside other startups leads to faster and better insights: Usually, startups scale-up alone - that's to say, without other startups. But we found that developing several teams at the same time uncovered valuable insights that we could share across teams. We found the continuous iterations meant we could develop not just the technical innovation but the entire business case in just 12 weeks CureMetrix.
- External mentors tell it like it is: Sometimes you need an outsider to tell you where you're going wrong, how to fix a problem, or even when to give up and move on. During this project, entrepreneurs had access to a group of mentors collectively called the Eindhoven Startup Alliance, whose members include leaders at ASML, Ernst & Young and Philips. Together, we helped many teams become investor-friendly startups primed to secure valuable funding. I think the hard truth can save valuable time and money, and moving on to bigger and better things.
- A dynamic hub is a must: Ideally, you need a dedicated entrepreneurial environment where the high-tech industry can meet and innovate under one roof. HighTechXL has created such a hub on the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, where it shares the smartest km2 in The Netherlands with more than 140 companies and institutes, and some 10,000 researchers, developers and entrepreneurs.
As part of HighTechXL and the Eindhoven Startup Alliance, I'm also very excited to share that we're continuously on the lookout for new high-tech startups to take part in the next program. At Philips Research, we're particularly interested in hearing from entrepreneurs in healthcare technology from around the world. The startups for the upcoming program starting on November 28 have already been selected but the HighTechXL team is already engaging with teams for the following one, so don’t hesitate to get in contact via firstname.lastname@example.org.