Working With Startups

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The best large companies are developing new skillsets related to working with startups. These range from participating in accelerator programs to holding hackathons to creating new investment funds to simply assigning an executive to be a visible point of contact — an ambassador to the startup ecosystem.

Not all of those approaches will work for every company, and doing all of them at once is a recipe for disaster.

A good starting place in this topic area is our research report, "The Changing Landscape of Corporate-Startup Engagement," featuring quantitative data and interviews.

Research Report - The Changing Landscape


The Changing Landscape of Corporate-Startup Engagement


How are the interactions between Global 1000 companies and startups changing? How do large organizations build the case for greater involvement in the startup ecosystem? What resources do they put in place? To answer those questions, and others, we conducted a survey in Q3 2021 whose respondents included both leaders in large organizations and entrepreneurs who are seeking to collaborate with large organizations. Here’s the 61-page slide deck collecting what we found.

Research Report - Best Practices


Startup Engagement: Best Practices for Large Organizations


Learn how some of the top-performing organizations in the world design strategies to engage with startups.