Scaling Together

Written in collaboration with the ScaleUp Institute, this Nesta study is part of the Startup Europe Partnership, a European Commission funded project with the mission of helping startups to scale through collaborations with corporates.

This report analyses common barriers to corporate-startup collaboration and provides advice on how to overcome them. Its key findings note that corporate-startup collaboration is rapidly increasing, with more large firms seeing this as a mechanism for accessing innovation and/or promoting internal cultural change. Such collaboration can bring numerous benefits to both partners but there remain significant hurdles which can make these relationships difficult to initiate, manage and bring to fruition.

The report provides a framework to help understand the common barriers to successful collaboration, and a series of practical tips for corporates, startups, scale-ups and policymakers, on how to overcome these barriers.