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Better collaboration with startups: Downloadable tools for corporates

As Giuseppe Zocco (co–founder of Index Ventures) commented, ‘Big companies are lately waking up to the fact that their industries are disrupted by the innovations led by startups.’

Some corporates are entering in the startup’s ‘space’ for the first time, some others have already started to approach young innovative businesses, but are worried by questions as: ‘Are my startup programmes effective? How can I ensure entrepreneurial culture is fully embraced by my employees? How do I successfully integrate a new technology in my organisation?

The 3 tools below will help you engage with startups and better exploit the benefits of good collaboration:

Don’t know where to start? Consider your objectives first. This tool will help you define your goals and design programmes according to them.

Cheat Sheet
The cheat sheet will guide you towards the steps needed to effectively engage with startups, minimising internal and external barriers.

100% Open Innovation Readiness Test
The readiness test will help your company assess whether it is ready for open innovation and ultimately working with startups. It highlights points of strength and weakness, guiding your efforts on the themes that need more attention.


Simona Bielli

Simona Bielli

Simona Bielli

Head of Programmes – Nesta Italia

Over the last year, Simona was working on a new exciting project that led to the foundation of Nesta Italia.

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