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SEP Europe’s Corporate 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. We believe that the organisations doing this well should be recognised as trailblazers, and hope that they inspire others to follow suit. SEP Europe’s Corporate Startup Stars is aimed at showcasing best practices and role model how the corporate-startup collaboration might benefit both sides.


Mind the Bridge, together with Nesta, annually elaborates the “ SEP Europe’s Corporate Startup Stars” – a ranking of more ‘startup-friendly’ corporates in Europe. 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 programmes.

Specifically, the top 12 companies are awarded as SEP Europe’s Corporate Startup Stars, while 24 other companies are recognized as SEP Europe’s Open Innovation Challengers. Additionally, special prizes are annually awarded by a top notch judging committee as indicated below:

  •        Corporate Startup Accelerator Award
  •        Corporate Startup Procurement Award
  •        Corporate Startup Investment Award
  •        Corporate Startup M&A Award
  •        Support the Startup Ecosystem Award
  •        Open Innovation Recent Fast Movers Award
  •        Open Innovation Innovative Approach Award

The SEP Europe’s Corporate Startup Stars scheme takes place under the European Commission’s Startup Europe Partnership initiative.

SEP Europe’s Corporate Startup Stars 2017 Ranking will be announced in Brussels on December 18,  2018 during an Award Ceremony at the presence of Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation.

Judging Committee

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2017 Award Ceremony


Ranking 2016

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Ranking 2017

Ranking 2017

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