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The Most Important Ingredient for Startup/Corporate Collaboration

Although they may have huge differences, startups and corporates both overwhelmingly agree that “strategic fit” is their top priority when looking for a partnership with each other, according to The State of Startup/Corporate Collaboration 2016 by MassChallenge and Imaginatik. However, what strategic fit means for startups and corporates can be very different, and this can lead to what we call a “lost in translation” problem.

Alumni Profile: Freight Farms

What was your ​"A-ha!"​ moment?

BM: I don’t think we had one moment where we said “Wow, that’s it!” It was more of a progressive awakening if you will. Jon and I had started working together in rooftop greenhouse space and recognized a massive opportunity in mainstream food production in the urban environment. There just was nothing there that could service that need, and that sort of progressed into, “We should fill it.”

Corporates and Startups: Why it’s No Longer “Us” Vs Them

That’s why 67% of corporates are targeting early stage startups for partnerships, according to our new study with Imaginatik, The State of Startup/Corporate Collaboration 2016. The main reason is to explore new business models and technologies, to see what new transformative products and ideas they can bring to the market together.

Startup/Corporate Collaboration: The New Face of Innovation

Today, a growing proportion of those interactions are taking place at a much earlier stage, with both parties looking to share the risks and rewards of such connections.

Corporates Lower Barriers for Startup Success

Organizations like Microsoft, Zipcar, Cydan Development Inc., Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, EYP, and The John W. Henry Family Foundation are well aware of this and in order to achieve this impact, they have teamed up with several MassChallenge startups to foster engagement and collaboration through scholarships.


Innovation Post Brexit: What Happens Next?

At the dinner, sixteen people from across the entrepreneur world, including startups, investors, and corporates, came together to discuss the state of innovation.

How MassChallenge is Helping Entrepreneurs Win in Northern Spain

One of the ways we did this was through our four-day boot camp, a customized program for aspiring entrepreneurs in the Basque region, which was held at MassChallenge Boston.

On a regional level, our global partnerships team worked with the Biscay government to develop training and guidance for aspiring entrepreneurs in the Region.

The Startup Diversity Dilemma


The elephant in the industry