EBAN Partners with MtB, ICC and WCF for the 2020 Global Corporate Startup Stars Awards
EBAN is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Mind the Bridge (MtB), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the World Chambers Federation (WCF) for the global edition of the Corporate Startup Stars 2020 Awards (CSS Awards). Corporate Startup Stars Awards is the annual celebration of the best global practices and role models in Open Innovation through ranking the most startup-friendly corporates in the world. The initiative, which has been active in Europe for the past 5 years in partnership with the EU Commission and Startup Europe Partnership, is now going global!
EBAN and its partner angel associations – the Angel Capital Association (ACA) in the US, the National Angel Capital Organization (NACO) in Canada, the African Business Angel Network (ABAN) in Africa, and XCALA in Latin America – will support the initiative by drawing on their considerable networks to collect nominations from the early stage startup and investor community.
Companies that are awarded through this initiative have gone the extra mile to establish mutually-beneficial partnerships with startups – whether through procurement/licensing/partnerships, accelerators, direct investment, acquisitions or other dedicated internal programs. Nominations submitted by these startups play an important role in determining the rankings.
“The valuation process behind Corporate Startup Stars factors both the in-depth information we ask corporates to submit plus our own internal research and innovation market knowledge – commented Alberto Onetti, Chairman of Mind the Bridge – Getting the startup perspective is key to providing a more complete assessment and identify the corporates that walk the talk.”
The evaluation is coordinated by a top notch judging committee, which will include representatives from EBAN, ACA, NACO, ABAN and XCALA. Angel investors coming from these networks will stimulate the startup nomination process by inviting their portfolio companies to participate in it, and put forward corporates they have positively collaborated with.
“This is an excellent opportunity for angels and their startups to build an even stronger relationship with the corporates in their ecosystem. – added Jacopo Losso, EBAN Director of Secretariat – We are proud to participate in this global initiative to highlight the best corporations that work with startups and angels.”
EBAN looks forward to working with its partners to make the startup voice heard in the Global Corporate Startup Stars Awards and to help identify the corporates that are working closely and successfully with early stage companies.
Find out more about the Corporate Startup Stars initiative below: