2021 Award Ceremony

Celebration of Best Practices
and Role Models in #OpenInnovation


TOP 3 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.

Global Innovation Leaders are invited to apply.



Mind the Bridge, in collaboration with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the 100 y.o. institution representing more than 45M businesses worldwide, 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, venture builders, direct investment, acquisitions or other dedicated internal programs, (such as intrapreneurship).
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

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
Marième Diop
Marième Diop
Founder of Dakar Network Angels, Manager Orange Digital Ventures Africa, Fellow of the President’s Obama Young African Leaders Initiative
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
Alberto Onetti
Alberto Onetti
Serial entrepreneur and coordinator of the Startup Europe Partnership
JongKap Kim
JongKap Kim
Chief Executive Director at Born2Global Centre

and Special Awards


World’s Corporate Startup Stars

World’s Open Innovation Challengers

Europe’s Corporate Startup Stars

North America’s Corporate Startup Stars

LATAM Corporate Startup Stars

Africa Corporate Startup Stars

Asia Corporate Startup Stars

World’s Midcap Startup Stars


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.).
Deadline for CSS 2021 applications is June 20th.
Results of this survey will be treated confidentially and disclosed on an aggregate basis only.


Videos from the past edition

How do you define Open Innovation?
What’s the biggest contribution that startups can provide to your company?
What are the most important open innovation activities at your company?
These are some of the questions we asked some of the biggest companies around the world.
Find out what they say.