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Nominations to select the best corporates to work with startups are now open

Startups and scale-ups are important drivers of innovation and growth in Europe. However, they are also risk-heavy entities that need capital outlays, frequent mentoring, and hands-on support to grow and succeed. On the other hand, large firms are often deficient in the new talent, ideas and agile approaches required to keep up with the fast pace of innovation. In this way, startups and corporates both possess attributes that the other is lacking and would benefit from having access to.

Collaboration between large firms and startups or scale-ups is therefore a win-win solution which can open up new opportunities and bring tangible benefits to both sides.

For this reason Nesta and the Startup Europe Partnership are producing a ranking of Europe’s 25 Corporate Startup Stars - the first to showcase exemplary big businesses working closely with startups. 

Our goal is to promote the mutual benefits of corporate-startup collaboration, and to feature role models that can incentivise behaviour change among big businesses. 

Your help will be essential in selecting the top 25 corporates to be included in the ranking. 

We will be working closely with media partner Startups.co.uk and a panel of expert judges to identify those large firms which are truly world-leading in terms of making themselves ‘startup friendly’. 

The members of the judging panel are: 

You can now nominate companies that you consider worthy of a place in the rankings. Learn more about the ranking and the criteria for selection!

Nominate Europe's Corporate Startups Stars now

Deadline is Thursday 31 March 2016 and the top 25 ranking will be published online by our media partner startups.co.uk and launched at the Startup Europe Summit (Berlin, June 9-10)

Note: this page was edited in May 2016 to reflect the fact that Neelie Kroes withdrew from the judging panel.

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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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Siddharth Bannerjee

Siddharth Bannerjee

Siddharth Bannerjee

Researcher, Digital Startups

Sidd was the policy researcher on two projects dedicated to fostering digital entrepreneurship and building entrepreneurial ecosystems across Europe – Startup Europe Partnership (SEP...

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Jonathan Bone

Jonathan Bone

Jonathan Bone

Quantitative Researcher

Jonathan’s research at Nesta focuses on two key areas: 1) understanding how digital entrepreneurship can be supported across Europe (as part of the Startup Europe Partnership (SEP) a...

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Christopher Haley

Christopher Haley

Christopher Haley

Head of New Technology & Startup Research

Chris leads Nesta's research interests into how startups and new technologies can drive economic growth, and what this means for businesses, intermediaries and for the government.

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Valerie Mocker

Valerie Mocker

Valerie Mocker

Director, Development & European Digital Policy

Valerie and her team focus on helping policy makers, corporates and entrepreneurs make the most of the digital transformation.

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