Launchpad for corporates

Launchpad Meetups are designed to connect you to startups that can help solve a specific innovation challenge you are facing. You invite promising startups to your office to pitch their solution and explore synergies. The goal of Launchpad Meetups is to spark new startup-corporate collaborations.


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Previous challenges

  • "How to use digital technologies to create a unique ad winning in-store experience when offering car automotive services?"
  • "How can Philips take advantage of Augmented Reality for new products, services, or solutions?"
  • “We invite startups to pitch their B2B (Business to Business) and/or B2E (Business to Employee) services around talent sourcing and talent development.”
  • “We want to serve you hot fresh food anywhere, at anytime. Focus on easy ordering solutions, predictive big data solutions, fun while you wait.”
  • What is the future of travel? Focus areas are big data, customer experience and seamless travel.

Why participate?

Get innovative input from startups, tailored to your specific challenge

  • Experience a new way of solving your challenges

  • Lay foundations for new partnerships

  • Get inspired by the startup energy

Track record

Launchpad Meetups is an event format founded in 2015 by StartupAmsterdam and TNW. We have organised three series since, connecting 50 corporates to 220 startups during 67 Launchpad Meetups. More than 68% of pitching startups had a follow up meeting with a corporate.

  • Accenture
  • USG People
  • Vopak
  • Schiphol
  • SAP
  • Philips
  • Oracle
  • Mircosoft
  • KPMG
  • Disney
  • Domino's pizza
  • Deloitte
  • Bridgestone
  • ABN-Amro
  • TomTom
  • KLM
  • Dell
  • EY

Don't take OUR word for it

  • "We are very happy with the outcome and are currently exploring the best collaboration options together with 904labs"

    Erik Visser

    Oracle

  • "Launchpad Meetups are a great platform for startups to meet corporates and vice versa and spark new collaborations"

    Erik de Heer

    EY

  • "We thought the Launchpad Meetup was a perfect way for sharing this opportunity of working together with Transavia "

    Maarten Graven

    Flamyngo

Questions? We have answers.

If you're still left with questions, make sure to contact us.

  • What does the overall process look like?

    The whole process of organizing your meetup and selecting startups takes about 3 to 4 months:

    1. Sign up! The Team Launchpad Meetups will be in touch for a short intake during which you choose your service package.
    2. Formulate your challenge and provide some background information (about 2.5 months before your Meetup).
    3. The Team Launchpad Meetups posts your challenge on the Launchpad Meetups website and startups subscribe. Depending on your service package, the Team Launchpad Meetups will also do specific targeting.
    4. Find a venue (at your Amsterdam office or HQ), date and timeslot.
    5. Find a suitable moderator, invite colleagues and board members.
    6. About four weeks prior to your Meetup, you receive the list with startups that want to pitch for you. Depending on your service package, you make your selection and invite startups (Starter & Pro) or the Launchpad Meetups team has selected and invited your top 3 (Expert).
  • What do I need to do, and what will the Team Launchpad Meetups do?

    As a corporate you are responsible for finding your innovation challenge. You will also take care of event management, i.e. facilitating the location, catering, host, and invitations to startups and colleagues.

    A number of other aspects depend on the service package that you have chosen:

    Starter
    The Team Launchpad Meetups will give some basic guidance in finding and formulating your innovation challenge. We’ll then promote your challenge in the startup community so that startups can subscribe to pitch at your office. We’ll stay in touch regularly by email to guide you through the process. About four weeks before your Meetup, we'll send you the longlist of subscribed startups so that you can pick and invite the ones you think best fit your challenge. 

    Pro
    The Team Launchad Meetups will help you find your innovation challenge in an elaborate session. We'll promote your challenge in the startup community so that startups can subscribe to pitch at your office. We’ll stay in touch regularly by email to guide you through the process. About four weeks before your Meetup, we will send you a curated shortlist of subscribed startups, including our recommendations, so that you can pick and invite the ones you think best fit your challenge. 

    Expert
    The Team Launchad Meetups will help you find your innovation challenge in an elaborate session. We'll promote your challenge in the startup community so that startups can subscribe to pitch at your office. We will also specifically target and approach startups in The Next Web Index database, that fit your challenge. We will stay in touch regularly by email to guide you through the process. About four weeks before your Meetup, we’ll send you a list of the top three startups that will pitch at your Meetup.

  • What is a typical agenda for a Launchpad Meetup?

    Example agenda

    15 MIN | Registration                    15 MIN | Startup pitch 3

    15 MIN | Introduction                   30 MIN | Discussion

    15 MIN | Startup pitch 1               30 MIN | Drinks

    15 MIN | Startup pitch 2

    This is our suggested agenda, based on our experience with previous Meetups. Start with registration and a technical check of the startup presentations. A short introduction on your company and your innovation challenge kicks off the official part of the Launchpad Meetup, followed by the startup pitches. Our advice is to give 5 minutes pitching time and 10 minutes for a Q&A. You can also have more than 3 pitches. The discussion can be plenary to also give the word to the audience, or you might choose to arrange short discussion sessions for the startups with relevant colleagues in your company, to further explore opportunities for collaboration. Finish off with drinks. 

  • How do I find and formulate my innovation challenge?

    Depending on your service package, the Team Launchpad Meetups helps you during a short intake or a more elaborate workshop to find and formulate your innovation challenge. In general terms, your challenge should neither be too broad nor narrow, and should be formulated in an engaging way. Use the following formula: 

    innovation challenge = your goal + your industry + focus areas

    A few excellent examples:

    KLM: “What is the future of travel? Focus areas are big data, customer experience and seamless travel.”

    USG: “How can we use technology to improve the applicant’s journey? We look for startups that develop gamification tools in this area, and/or have other disruptive ideas on how to achieve this goal.”

    Rabobank: “Wouldn’t it be great if you had your own personal assistant that gives insights in your spending behaviour? Help creating the best concept!”

    Paradiso: “How can technology help Paradiso service music lovers better? Enrich the live experience, recommend relevant gigs, improve the journey to gigs.”

    Domino’s pizza: “We want to serve you hot fresh food anywhere, at anytime. Focus on easy ordering solutions, predictive big data solutions, fun while you wait.”

    Bridgestone: “How to use digital technologies to create more consumer-intimacy throughout the tyre's lifecycle?”

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