External startup accelerator

A 3-month program designed to accelerate the growth of startups relevant to your business

We help you build external innovation resources by stepping into the startup ecosystem

But first, what is an external corporate startup accelerator? It 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.

Differently 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: the best way to find the leaders of tomorrow for your evolving organization.


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3-month duration

Our acceleration programs usually have a duration of 3 months. When needed, we tailor them for different durations.

Early-stage startups

We help enterprises connect to early-stage startups at their seed or series-A funding phase

Physical or virtual

We help set up both physical and virtual external startup accelerators, depending on the specificities of the client.


Board of Innovation will run extensive coaching by external mentors from the startup ecosystem or internal mentors from the corporation

Clear focus

We set up accelerators that have a clear focus as of the type of startup (industries, maturity, …)

Niche expertise

Niche focus on one challenge, various niches or tech (e.g. blockchain, predicting demand, supply chain systems, …)  

Three types of external accelerators

Which one is the ideal format for your organization?

Physical Startup Accelerator
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 are glad to not have to invest in real estate.  

Virtual Startup Accelerator
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. E.g. we helped set up the 
Orange Fab BeLux.

Open Startup Accelerator
A physical or virtual accelerator that is hosted by more than one corporate. E.g. Orange Fab Silicon Valley (a physical accelerator) has recently opened up to other corporations. They set up an alliance called Fab Force.

Access into the startup ecosystem

Position themselves in the innovation ecosystem. Think of network-building, public relations and branding purposes.

Access to resources

Get access to external innovation resources as a part of their innovation strategy. 

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.

Explore opportunities for M&A

Increase deal flow for merger & acquisition/corporate venture capital activities, in order to finally invest/acquire.

Find talents for your future leadership

Connect with entrepreneurial startuppers – they are perfect candidates for your next-gen Executives 

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