External startup accelerator.

A 3-months program designed to identify startups relevant to your business, and to accelerate their growth.


Stepping into the startup ecosystem.

An external startup accelerator is a structured acceleration program, initiated by a large corporate, where external startup teams are invited to co-develop their business concepts with the support and coaching provided by the accelerator.

Different from an internal accelerator, where the corporate accelerates internal projects of its own employees, an external accelerator aims to collaborate with external sources of innovation (open innovation, startups, entrepreneurs, …). 

The benefit of this approach? An external accelerator gives your organization the opportunity to reach out to fresh talent who is trying to disrupt your own business: it’s the best way to find the leaders of tomorrow for your evolving organization.

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Outcomes of our external startup accelerator.


Access the startup ecosystem

Open a door towards the innovation ecosystem. Think of network-building, public relations and, branding purposes.


GET Inspiration for incremental innovation

Connect to startups with innovative offerings relating to the corporate’s core – H1 innovations.

Build the network for H2 innovation

Build a network of external capabilities to explore new offerings – H2 innovations.

Program overview

3 possible formats of external startups accelerators.

Choose from three types of external accelerators: physical, virtual or open. We help set up both physical and virtual external startup accelerators, depending on the specificities of the organization. Our acceleration programs usually have a duration of 3 months. When needed, we tailor them for different durations.

A physical location (e.g. in a coworking space, a floor in the corporate office or even a dedicated accelerator space) where the external accelerator and its startups are housed. This is the classic approach, as it creates a physical hub, where startups and the program leads are housed. It is more suitable for earlier stage startups, that don’t usually have an own office quite yet.

A virtual accelerator is where the acceleration program is run without a dedicated location. This is more often used for later-stage startups, as they often already have office space. We helped set up the Orange Fab BeLux.

Regardless of the physical or virtual location, an open startup accelerator is characterized by the fact of being hosted by more than one corporate

Orange Fab Silicon Valley (a physical accelerator) has recently opened up to other corporations. They set up an alliance called Fab Force. 

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External startup accelerator.

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