WE SOURCE & PREPARE STARTUPS FOR YOU

A Call For Startups (CFS) is a digital operation led by an enterprise seeking innovative solutions to solve specific business problems.

Only targeted startups receive the CFS and apply by offering their solution, product or technology.

The corporation selects the best solution put forth and chooses how to integrate it in their business.

YOU DEFINE THE SCOPE.
WE HANDLE EVERYTHING ELSE.

STEP 1- You define the topic
STEP 2- We recruit startups
STEP 3- You pick the best ones

  • Create relationships with the most targeted startups, regardless of their location

  • Gain visibility and brand recognition in the global startup ecosystem

  • We guarantee qualified sourcing for your business unit, innovation lab, or venture funds

PROMOTION

We promote your CFS within our partner network. It includes media, meetup groups & incubators.

SOURCING

We source and contact the most relevant startups in your targeted field and invite them to join your CFS.

MENTORSHIP

Our network of 100+ mentors train the selected startups to be ready to work with your business units.

WHY DO A CALL FOR STARTUPS?

BUSINESS UNITS
You are seeking an innovative solution to one of your business challenges

INCUBATORS
You want to generate awareness and drive more applications to your incubation programs

CORPORATE VENTURE
You want to generate leads for your corporate venture funds

M&A
You want to source potential targets for your M&A team

Are you launching enough innovations?

Collaborating, investing or buying out startups help corporations to generate more innovative products & services. We've created a complete, turnkey solution to identify and work with the most niche startups in your industry.

You crowdsource your business challenges with us. 

We source the best startups worldwide, train them and experiment their products with your business units.

Is IT an incubator?

No, CFS is not designed to be an incubation program for early stage startups. In fact, we work primarily with companies that already have a fairly mature and tested product/service. Our goal is to find existing startups and connect them with our clients’ business units. Our expert mentors facilitate the process and foster great collaboration between the stakeholders; however they don’t provide product advice.

Is IT a STARTUP competition?

Nope. There is no 'winner' or ranking in our Call For Startups. We are introducing curated startups to our clients. They can decide to work with 1, 2 or 10. We are not rewarding startups. The reward they get is to start a funded pilot or business relationship with one or several of our client’s business units.

Is IT similar to an RFP?

Not really. The scope of a CFS is much broader than the scope of an RFP. If in an RFP, our clients express an immediate need for solutions by a vendor; the difference here is that clients are looking to work with more than one company since the goal is to source startups that will engage with different business units. Also, CFS corporations are looking for startups to fund, accelerate or acquire.

Who should run a Call For Startups?

A Call For Startups is the best solution for any corporation interested in collaborating with startups. The benefits include identifying innovative suppliers for your business units, sourcing potential deals for your investment fund, bringing more applicants to your incubation program, and/or selecting potential targets for your M&A team.

We had a very specific need in terms of startup sourcing. We wanted to connect with European startups that could improve the digital user experience within airports, stadiums, highways and railways. They fully managed our call for startups that enabled our business units to run interviews with 130+ relevant startups amongst 400 applications. We have begun collaborating with 10+ of them. An amazing business opportunity for us.

Simon Coutel

Innovation & Digital leader, VINCI Autoroutes

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