2021 Award Ceremony

Celebration of Best Practices
and Role Models in Open Innovation

CONTEXT

Top 3 2021 Corporates Startup Stars

Collaboration between corporates and startups, if done right, can bring tremendous benefit to both. Startups can access invaluable resources and market insight which can help them scale, whilst for established companies, such collaborations offer an important mode of innovation – as well as subtler benefits like cultural change.

However, it is hard to get it right and modes of collaboration are in continuous evolution. We believe that the organisations doing this well should be recognised as trailblazers.

Corporate Startup Stars is an annual celebration of the best global practices and role models in Open Innovation.

METHODOLOGY

Methodology

Mind the Bridge, in collaboration with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), annually elaborates the “Corporate Startup Stars” list – a ranking of more ‘startup-friendly’ global corporates. Awarded companies have gone the extra mile to establish mutually-beneficial partnerships with startups – whether through procurement/licensing/partnerships, accelerators, direct investment, acquisitions or other dedicated internal programs.
The evaluation is coordinated by a judging committee and based on a package of information that the participating companies are submitting.
 Startups’ nominations complement the evaluation process.

JUDGING COMMITTEE

Judging Committee

In defining the final ranking we will be helped by a panel of judges composed of the following exceptional professionals.

Candace Johnson
Candace Johnson
Serial Entrepreneur, President Emeritus EBAN, ICC Executive Board member
Priya Guha
Priya Guha
Venture Partner at Merian Ventures, formerly GM for RocketSpace and British Consul General to San Francisco
Valentina Mintah
Valentina Mintah
Founder at West Blue Consulting, Founder at e-Ananse
Linda Smith
Linda Smith
Co-Chair of the Global Business Angel Network (GBAN) and Chairman Emeritus of the Angel Capital Association
Fernando Spnola
Fernando Spnola
Managing General Partner, Base Partners
Timothy Tong
Timothy Tong
CEO of the AMTD Foundation, President Emeritus of Hong Kong Polytechnic University, former Dean of George Washington University
JongKap Kim
JongKap Kim
Chief Executive Director at Born2Global Centre
Alberto Onetti
Alberto Onetti
Serial entrepreneur, University Professor, Mind the Bridge Chairman and coordinator of the Startup Europe Partnership
AWARDS CATEGORY

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and Special Awards

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Application
Process

Applications should be done at Group level, consolidating
all the multiple innovation activities that corporates are running through
all their different entities/BUs (CVCs, special vehicles, etc.).
Results of this survey will be treated confidentially and disclosed on an aggregate basis only.
Applications for CSS 2021 are now closed.

Videos from last edition

How have your Open Innovation activities advanced in the last couple of years?
How has COVID impacted your Open Innovation strategies?
Tech areas / Innovation Challenges that are particularly relevant for you now and in 2022
These are some of the questions we asked some of the biggest companies around the world.
Find out what they say.

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