The Age of Collaboration


This report is based on the first global, all-stakeholder encompassing research conducted over the past months and our extensive experience in this field. In total close to 2,000 hours were contributed by the various stakeholders.

We discussed intensively with successful entrepreneurs, corporate innovation experts and experienced venture capitalists, accelerators, and other stakeholders. The quantitative results of this report are based on our own proprietary survey. The survey was targeted exclusively at experts working in the fields of innovation, strategy, and/ or collaboration. We leveraged our own network, the network of Arthur D. Little as well as of the Telecom Council of Silicon Valley to identify and address the right people for the survey. 

In total, we gathered online responses from about 400 participants, out of which 177 corporates, 103 startups and 82 industry stakeholders from more than 50 countries.

The report summarizes our findings and is for anyone interested in corporate-startup collaboration. You should in particular read on, if you are interested in:

  • Understanding the shift from the “age of disruption” to the “age of collaboration”

  • Understanding the challenges for both startups and corporates to deal with today’s increasingly challenging business world

  • Understanding how to initiate, conclude and manage the collaboration between startups and corporates to ensure value creation for all players

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