The Corporate Startup Stars is a set of awards, now in its fourth year, which Nesta runs as part of the Startup Europe Partnership project, in partnership with Mind the Bridge.
The awards are intended to recognise large European firms that have gone out of their way to work with startups, in order to promote corporate-startup collaboration as a mechanism for helping startups scale.
The 2019 winners were announced during an award ceremony at the SEP Scaleup Summit in Madrid. To share best practices, we also organised roundtable discussions among corporate innovation managers and we launched new research, describing the open innovation activities of the 2019 Corporate Startup Stars.
An expert judging panel selected Enel, SAP and Telefonica as the top three firms, based on their extensive internal and external dedication to open innovation. In total, 36 companies received awards in various categories, including best accelerator programme, most innovative programme and best new entrant. This year’s edition also featured a special mention for the public sector. The full list of awardees is available here.
In our new report, we analysed the activities that Corporate Startup Stars have in common and observed some interesting patterns: