A journey through the digital innovation units of large corporations

The KPS subsidiary Infront Consulting and the business magazine CAPITAL have examined the digital innovation units of large corporations and mid-sized companies. Innovation Labs, Accelerators, Company Builders - to stay connected in the digital age, companies are investing in different forms of innovation hotbeds: tracking trends, building prototypes, and testing business models. To do so, open up new business areas, provide start-up support for startups and, ideally, promote the digital transformation of the core organization. How can this work?

The second edition of “Companies in Search of Start-Ups” once again looks deep inside the magic box of company-driven innovation units. How can companies pull off the balancing act between well-structured, day-to-day business operations and fostering an agile start-up spirit? Which forms of creative innovation units are best suited to which purpose? What can these units achieve in specific terms and which success factors must unequivocally be taken into account? 

Together Infront Consulting and Capital embarked on a journey through Germany's digital innovation units, discovering exciting solutions, gaining surprising insights and finding recurring success patterns. These findings we have compiled in the study and awarded the Best Innovation Labs, Accelerators and Company Builder 2018.

Fathoming out effectiveness

The study provides an in-depth insight into the inner workings of modern innovation incubators, explores their success factors in detail and points to areas of action. The document is, therefore, a vital basis for an action for all companies seeking to set up a digital innovation unit or for those who already run one. It provides invaluable information on how innovation labs, company builders and accelerators can make significant contributions to the digital innovation and transformation of established companies rather than becoming a playground for CEOs and hip creative types.

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