Opportunities with Corporates: Johnson & Johnson, Unilever, Marriott & more

September 26th, 2017

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Partnering with startups is a strategic imperative and no longer optional, says Unilever’s EVP for Global Marketing. Already a leader in startup innovation, Unilever’s new white paper predicts startups and corporates will work side by side in the same office by 2025 and that structured programs will emerge as the long-term winner (not so-called tech tourism). We couldn’t agree more.

Find your new, strategic corporate partner by applying for these opportunities now:

  • $150k+ in Challenges: NATO, Johnson & Johnson, Air France & more
  • $25k+ in Pitch Events: SXSW Accelerator, Center for Advancing Retail & Technology (CART) & more
  • 5 Unilever Foundry Pilots for Packaging Resilience, Voice Search & more ($100k)
  • 2 Nestle Pilots for KITKAT Sustainability Project, Nurturing Farmers ($100k)
  • Accelerators: Marriott TestBED, Arsenal, Telefonica, U.S. Air Force & more


$150k+ in Challenges: NATO, Johnson & Johnson, Air France & more

NATO Innovation Challenge (up to $15k)
Seeks hardware, software and concept solutions supporting stabilization in medicine, security, logistics, energy. Winners present in an upcoming NATO-wide event & receive up to $15k.
Deadline: September 25

Johnson & Johnson’s Seoul Innovation QuickFire Challenge ($134k grant)
Seeks game-changing idea/technology/solution that will address a health need for the world’s population. 2 winners receive $134k grant, entrance to the Seoul Bio Hub, mentorship.
Deadline: September 29

Air France Challenge #2 
Seeks startups from Europe & Africa building mobile solutions to support long-haul travelers to/from Africa. 3 finalists receive entrance to Africa Arena 2017 + travel allowance/accommodations. Winner will build a proof-of-concept with Air France.
Deadline: September 30

Nokia Open Innovation Challenge
Seeks ideas, technologies and new business models in IoT for transportation, smart cities, safety and security, and connected industries, or smart/safe/sustainable world. Joint biz opp & potential investment from Nokia Growth Partners.
Deadline: September 28

$25k+ in Pitch Events: SXSW Accelerator, Center for Advancing Retail & Technology (CART) & more

SXSW Accelerator  2018 Pitch Event – Austin
Seeking startups from 10 categories, incl payment & fintech, enterprise & smart data, AR/VR, entertainment & content. 50 finalists to be featured March 10-11. Winners receive 2019 SXSW passes, sponsor gifts, exposure to audience. $220 entry fee.
Deadline: November 10

The Center for Advancing Retail & Technology Virtual Pitch Event ($25k in investment)
Seeks retail tech startups to compete in their Virtual Pitch Event. Open to startups of all stages worldwide at no cost. Prequalify for $25k cash investment from CART partners and $25k in CART services.
Deadline: October 3

The Future of Money and Technology Summit – San Francisco
Seeks fintech startups that want to be featured in Startup Showcase on December 4. Winner receives a live demo on stage + booth for 1 hr in the main ballroom. Must be registered to attend the conference to be eligible.
Deadline: November 3

5 Unilever Foundry Pilots for Packaging Resilience, Voice Search & more ($200k)

Digital Meal Inspiration ($50k)
Seeks to reinvigorate meal inspiration space in Europe w/partners that can supply trigger-based activity, influencer activity and actions towards purchase.
Deadline: September 29

Ingredients Innovation
Seeks partners that can help quest for cost-effective clean label ingredients for savory and dressings portfolio (e.g., sodium reduction, clean label umami). Pilots might lead to longer term strategic partnerships.
Deadline: October 31

Measuring Packaging Resilience Throughout The Supply Chain ($50k)
Seeks partners to help develop a way of measuring the impact on packaging as it is transported, sorted, labeled, filled and capped.
Deadline: January 28, 2018

Voice Search
Seeks startups working in the voice space that will change the way we communicate with our consumers. Pilots might lead to longer term strategic partnerships.
Deadline: November 30

Personal Care Digital Services
Seeks digital services related to the personal care industry to jointly offer services that bring true value to our consumers. Pilots might lead to longer term strategic partnerships.
Deadline: November 30

2 Nestle Pilots for KITKAT Sustainability Project, Nurturing Farmers ($100k)

The KITKAT Sustainability Project ($50k)
Seeks partner to help create an experience or platform that will bring sustainability initiatives to life. Selected partner to pitch at The Next Big Thing – part of ad:tech London 2017.
Deadline: November 12

Nurturing the Next Generation of Farmers ($50k)
Seeks partner to help deliver agripreneurship training in a flexible, scalable way. Must be able to handle regional variations in skills, knowledge, literacy and access to tech.
Deadline: February 4, 2018

Accelerators: Marriott TestBED, Arsenal, Telefonica, U.S. Air Force & more

Marriott TestBED Middle East & Africa – Dubai (open to all nationalities)
10-wk program for 2 startups to test in a major MEA city. Seeks products/services that can enhance the guest experience. 8 finalists pitch in Dubai on Nov 14.
Deadline: October 4

Arsenal Innovation Lab – UK
10-wk program from famous soccer club seeks startups to improve matchday experience, engage fans globally, transform partner offering, build retail operation for the future. Investment to vary by company.
Deadline: October 12

Telefonica’s Wayra accelerator – Munich
Seeks 10 startups; interested in  IoT, data analytics, cybersecurity, finance, video tech, entertainment, digital solutions for retail. Provides Up to €100k, office space, pilot w/Telefonica Deutschland.
Deadline: October 22

Sprint Accelerator + Dairy Farmers of America – Kansas City
3-mo program that seeks both IoT (mobility services, AI, automation) and agtech (any portion of the value chain, food). Office space, mentorship, Demo Day included.
Deadline: November 3

Techstars Autonomous Technology Accelerator with the U.S. Air Force – Boston
3-mo program for commercially viable startups w/ ability to detect, track, identify, characterize, attribute & mitigate unmanned aerial systems, or anything related. $120k for 6% equity.
Deadline: November 5

Barclays Techstars Accelerator – London
3-mo program for 10 startups across all aspects of financial services. Founders will need to have a legal right to be in the UK. $120k for 6% equity.
Deadline: November 12

Techstars Music – Los Angeles
3-mo program for 10 startups; Sony Music, Warner Music Group, Sonos are members. $120k for 6% equity. Receive mentorship, access to artists & music execs.
Deadline: October 15

Techstars Dubai in partnership with GINCO
3-mo program for those solving challenges in transportation, construction, wellness, IoT, robotics. GINCO is a full-service general contracting firm. $120k for 6% equity.
Deadline: October 15

Honda Xcelerator – Silicon Valley
Seeks startups across all funding stages transforming the mobility experience.  Provides funding for rapid prototyping, collaborative workspace, pairing w/ Honda mentors.
Deadline: Open

Thomson Reuters Labs – The Incubator – Zurich
6- to 12-mo program seeks early-stage startups in FinTech, RegTech, LegalTech & NewsTech; offers office space, access to data & customers; no equity taken.
Deadline: Open

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