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|Open innovation has become a strategic issue for many large companies. One of the most important moves to consider for their innovation leaders is the allocation of focus and resources in the context of open innovation. Here are 15 examples of open innovation collaboration between global firms and start-ups:
1. General Electric: Ecoimagination challenges aimed at start-ups.
2. Cisco: The Entrepreneurs in Residence program allows Cisco to invite early-stage entrepreneurs with big ideas for enterprise solutions to join their start-up incubation program.
3. Samsung: Samsung Accelerator provides entrepreneurs with access to Samsung decision-makers, information, and distribution channels.
4. Telephonic: Wayra operates in 11 countries across Latin America and Europe and it is very active with more than 300 start-ups.
5. Coca-Cola: The company wants to engage entrepreneurs. Its initiative is called the Coca-Cola Accelerator program.
6. Citrix: This accelerator is a seed-stage program with continuous enrollment that includes funding, a deep advisory panel, office space in Silicon Valley, close collaboration, and a focus on enterprise market validation.
7. Microsoft: The company has brought most of its innovation initiatives towards entrepreneurs together under the Microsoft Ventures program.
8. Shell: Budding entrepreneurs within the energy industry (and even beyond) can get in touch with the GameChanger program at Shell. Here a team of 12 dedicated technical and scientific experts has the benefits of support from Shell while also being allowed the freedom to make their own decisions.
9. Turner/Warner Bros: Media Camp is a comprehensive three-month accelerator program that educates entrepreneurs and enables them to build innovative media businesses.
10. Google: The Google Entrepreneurs program includes a global community called Stratup Grind.
11. DSM: Corporate venturing and open innovation seems to be linked closer and closer together and this is the case at DSM Venturing, where investing in emerging companies is considered as a key part of their overall outside-in open innovation activities.
12. Orange: The Orange Fab is a start-up accelerator aimed at helping start-ups by giving access to Orange assets.
13. Target Technology Innovation Center in San Francisco.
14. Wal-Mart Labs
15. Ford Silicon Valley Labs
("15 Examples of Open Innovation between Big Companies & Startups," by Stefan Linegaard, Innovation Excellence, August 13, 2014. Copyright 2014 Innovation Excellence)