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Corporate venturing

The key to speed innovation

Did you know that companies that invested in innovation during the last financial crisis, emerged stronger and outperformed their peers?

But innovating isn’t easy: lack of R&D budget, lack of long-term strategic innovation vision or dedicated resources are common pitfalls,... 

Collaborating with and investing in young and agile startups and scale-ups can provide quick access to new technologies, accelerate time to market for new services and products, increase knowledge of upcoming global trends and shifting consumer behaviour, and solve inefficiencies.

Sounds easy, right? But as a large organisation collaborating with startups and scale-ups isn’t always as straightforward as it may seem. You need to be ready or be able to re-focus.

Especially in uncertain times, corporates are (or at least should be) constantly looking to reinvent and reorganise themselves for the better. 

Discover below some of our offerings supporting your corporate venturing journey, or reach out to discuss how we can offer more tailored support you from strategy through execution.


When you’re open to external collaboration by working together with startups, you can find the following benefits:

Exploration of new markets and technologies

Less expensive and more flexible than traditional R&D

Gain new knowledge and competencies

Development of new partnerships

Fostering internal entrepreneurship

Broader view on upcoming global trends

Start-up Fitness

Startup Fitness Assessment

Before you dive in head first, take the time to take a few steps back. How ready is your company to collaborate with a startup? Or are you mainly interested in re-evaluating the current collaboration?

We can help you assess your readiness or current collaboration and indicate which areas your organisation could improve how you collaborate, focusing on strategy, communication and organisation.

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With our Scale+ programme, we bring together selected, cutting edge technology startups and large organisations to foster innovation, enable co-creation and solve important problems. Using our established network of experts, leading start-ups, and advisory specialists, we make innovation simple, cost effective and repeatable. 


The benefits of Scale+
PwC’s corporate venturing podcast

PwC's corporate venturing podcast

How can cruise ships (large corporates) and speedboats (agile startups) can successfully join forces? Discover it in PwC's corporate venturing podcast!

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Contact us

Griet Helsen

Griet Helsen

Partner, Entrepreneurial & Private Business, Culture & Innovation, PwC Belgium, PwC Belgium

Tel: +32 475 89 16 21

Elise Carton

Elise Carton

Senior Manager, PwC Belgium

Tel: +32 488 80 94 09

Enya Steenssens

Enya Steenssens

Manager, PwC Belgium

Tel: +32 478 35 33 61

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