DG GROW (EASME/COSME 2017/017) launched a pilot and blueprint approach to matchmaking for mid-size companies to be exposed to Open Innovation and effectively engage with startups. The final goal is to foster innovation by stimulating and implementing startup-corporate collaboration. This new matching platform will be run by Mind the Bridge with the support of ESN (European Startup Network). The goal is to engage a selected group of mid-size corporates from all over Europe and provide them with dedicated assessment, scouting, and facilitate 1:1 meetings with innovative startups during dedicated Matching Events. In the context of the Austrian Presidency of the EU Council and the SME Assembly 2018, the Graz Chamber of Commerce hosts a Matching event on November 19th.
Specifically, selected mid-size companies will receive a dedicated assessment by Mind the Bridge to identify strategic objectives that could be addressed through Open Innovation. Subsequently, they will be invited to attend Matching Events where they will meet selected startups that are relevant to their market and industry. After the Matching events, the discussion between startups and corporates will be followed-up by Mind the Bridge and supported until any potential deal closure.