An ecosystem built for corporates to use, but made for entrepreneurs, researchers, and startups

Corporate Innovator looking to connect with top entrepreneurial talent & thought leaders

Researcher, Entrepreneur, or Startup interested in solving real business problems

Co-working, Incubator, Accelerator, or Institute interested in becoming a local network access point

In today’s business environment, corporations long to explore new ways to innovate but find it challenging to do so within their existing business structure. Meanwhile, researchers and startups are laser focused on emerging trends and technologies and can operate with precision and speed.

Enterprises can no longer ignore what is happening in the startup community and must find ways to tap into the trend

30 years ago 85% of innovation came from corporate innovation labs, 15% from the startup community. Now the exact opposite is true. Enterprises are being forced to think about product development differently.


There is too much specialty knowledge in the tech community for an enterprise to think they can hire and retain every skill needed to remain competitive. Enterprises are being forced to think about talent engagement differently.

Recent radio show in which we discuss the opportunities that can happen when corporate innovation comes together with the tech community.

External innovation is about making connections in the tech community that will lead to launching bigger innovations faster at lower risk which drives profitable and sustainable growth.

Bringing together corporates, researchers, and startups has many benefits:

  • Corporates know the right problems to solve

  • Researchers can help corporates build knowledge in emerging tech areas

  • Startups work at the right pace to accelerate innovation

  • Corporates can fund working on the right projects

  • Startups can challenge the status quo with breakthrough thinking

  • Corporates can provide market access

Acquire talent & knowledge, access technology, commercialize under utilized IP. Tap into a global knowledge and solution network comprising:

  • 15+ Targeted emerging tech areas

  • 43+ Startup rich tech communities

  • 364+ Universities, institutes, and organizations

  • 1401237 Academics, researchers, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and startups

  • Regional Innovation Hubs to access local talent, research, and technologies

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A free innovator's community where corporate innovation needs are posted to tap into a technical community of solutions.