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Real California Milk Excelerator

The application for the Real California Milk Excelerator is now open!

 The California Milk Advisory Board is seeking startups with products made from at least 50% dairy. This year's theme: Health and Wellness.


8 companies will get the chance to participate in a 3-month program gaining access to industry-specific content and resources, customized mentorship, & non-dilutive funding.

Are you or someone you know innovating with dairy? Apply today!


Meet the nine startups selected for the Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Vertical AI Accelerator

Over the next four weeks and beyond, we'll work side-by-side with these nine startups to explore and test solutions that are shaping the future of artificial intelligence.
Meet the nine startups selected for the Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Vertical AI Accelerator

 

We are thrilled to announce this year’s finalists for Visionary and Venture of the Year!

 
Nominated and voted on by their peers, the VentureFuel Visionary and Venture of the Year recognizes the individuals and organizations blazing new paths to power the future. Vote today!
2023 Visionary and Venture of the Year
Navigating Common Innovation Pitfalls Checklist

Navigate the Innovator's Dilemma & Overcome Common Innovation Challenges

 
80% of companies see innovation as a top priority but often encounter significant challenges that hinder their progress.

Don't let common pitfalls derail your innovation journey. In this checklist, we provide clear steps to define innovation objectives, ensure buy-in, and adopt a data-driven approach.

Inside the Innovation Huddle | June 2024

 

Our team has an ongoing internal huddle throughout the year: a team meeting where we share the most disruptive and exciting startups and emerging technologies from around the world. The only rule is that they can’t solve a current client challenge directly. This way, we retain our superpower of spotting creative adjacencies and disruptive outer-horizon solutions.

Click below to meet our selection of startups for the month of June!

Innovation Huddle | June 2024: DIBBSio

VentureFuel Visionaries

Visionaries are defined as having extraordinary foresight and imagination. Those who can see what isn't there. They can imagine the unimaginable and they have the grit to make it happen.

From the C-Suite to the up-and-coming disruptors, our podcast guests are blazing new paths, discovering inventive solutions and powering the future. Join us each week as we speak with these Visionaries about driving transformative change across business and society.

Venture Clienting — ExxonMobil’s Kyle Basler-Reeder
VENTURE CLIENTING

ExxonMobil’s Kyle Basler-Reeder

In the episode, we discuss how the exponential growth of PHDs and startups enables ExxonMobil to tap into external resources for Exploration, Acceleration and to solve stubborn problems. We talk about the importance of problem definition, declaring your “Innovation Ambition” and how to create organizational ambidexterity. How “Venture Clienting” attracts the best startups and new solutions by becoming a first-client and scaling what works.

External Innovation For Internal Stakeholders — LG Electronics EVP Sokwoo Rhee
EXTERNAL INNOVATION FOR INTERNAL STAKEHOLDERS

LG Electronics EVP Sokwoo Rhee

In the episode, we talk about why external innovation is important for a $60B+ revenue company and how to justify external innovation to internal stakeholders. We also dive into why growth and disruption insurance go hand in hand, as well as the LG NOVA Commercial Accelerator Program.

Intel Ignite Managing Director Markus Bohl
SYSTEMS OF INNOVATION

Intel® Ignite Managing Director Markus Bohl

“If you take equity, it's much more transactional. So companies would then say, 'Okay, if I give you revenue, I want to make sure we get a POC within Intel, or I can sell to Intel, or you take me into a certain program,' and we don't want that, right? We want that if it's right for everybody, then it's fine. Not taking equity gives a whole different type of relationship between the startups and us, where the trust is much bigger so we can tackle, and we do that, we help them clean up the cap table. We help them find a new co-founder if necessary; or even restructure the whole team. Right. And this is not so easy if you have equity, if you have a certain bias there."

– Markus Bohl, Managing Director of Intel® Ignite Europe

SOLVING CORPORATE CHALLENGES VIA STARTUP COLLABORATIONS

HELPING OUR CLIENTS IGNITE CHANGE

Future-proof for tomorrow. Show results today.

We help our clients address their biggest strategic challenges more quickly, with less risk and greater impact than traditional innovation models by partnering with the best enterprise-ready startups today!

Global Innovation Network

A worldwide network of VCs, Seed Investors, Accelerators, University Labs and Scouts grant us unparalleled, advanced access to novel solutions.

Our team of unbiased corporate strategists build custom programs designed to achieve your goals with vetted partners who can deliver results.

Win-Win Results. 100+ innovation programs resulting in over $12M in revenue for startups now collectively valued at over $2B.

In The Press

Our programs have been featured in:

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Client Programs

We’ve been privileged to grow with a game changing community of global corporate innovators throughout the years.

Here are a few programs that have been forged through our collaborations.

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