Europe’s 25 Corporate Startup Stars Ranking 


UK Business Angels Association

10 June 2016

Yesterday at SES in Berlin, Nesta and the Startup Europe Partnership announced Europe’s 25 Corporate Startup Stars – a list of top ‘startup-friendly’ corporates.

Each of these firms has, in our view, gone the extra mile to establish mutually-beneficial partnerships with startups – whether through generous procurement terms, partnerships, accelerators, direct investment, mentoring, intrapreneurship schemes, competitions or other dedicated internal programmes.

For 2016, Europe’s 25 Corporate Startup Stars are:

1. Cisco
2. Rabobank
3. Unilever
4. Telefónica
5. Virgin
6. Orange
7. Telecom Italia
9. KPN
10. EDP
11. KPMG
12. RBS
13. WPP
14. Eneco
15. MSD
16. Microsoft
17. Sky
18. KLM
19. Accenture
20. SAP SE
21. EDF
22. Diageo
23. BMW
24. PWC

As we have outlined in our reports, Winning Together & Scaling Together, successful corporate-startup collaboration is not easy. It requires commitment, leadership, experimentation and risk-taking. Collaborative working is itself a skill.

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