About the program
Click: That’s the sound you hear when two well-fitted components interlock just the right way to produce effects more powerful than either could make alone. It’s the sound you hear in your mind when you’ve found just the right partner to move your business forward.
In a world where infrastructure belongs to large firms, we want to see lots of powerful symbiotic relationships between corporate giants (with all their resources and weight), and nimble startups (with all their speed and lightness). If you’re a startup who needs the scale and power of a big sibling to bring your brilliance to the world, you know what we’re talking about.
You need to click with corporate partnerships to get things done. Why is it so hard? We know exactly why, and we can help you make it happen!
You can learn the hard way through trial and error, or you can learn faster through our membership and save yourself time and pain!
Up your game with real-world info from an experienced startup or expert:
Free open session, 40-50 min
Mindshare with corporates and ecoystem partners -- 1 hour
Bring your challenge to an expert mentor, fishbowl-style. 15 min/team, 1 hour total
Who should participate?
If you’re a startup founder with an idea of any significant complexity, you probably need a corporate partner — to invest in you, to buy your products or services, to help you access supply chains and channels, to collaborate on scientific research, to advise you, or even just to sell you materials in a way that helps you thrive. Guess what? Large firms need startups too! But even with all the good will in the world, forging a partnership isn’t easy. Big companies need you to be ready before they can dig in, and you need to understand what they expect and what they’re capable of and not. We’ll help you understand what your partners are all about, and we’ll help you prepare so you can land the collaborations you need!
I’ve seen this type of experience sharing before, but thought this format was particularly effective."
All fireside chats plus:
PRIVATE Readiness evaluation and prescription for your next steps
Weekly mentor access (compare to consulting at $300/hour)
Two Mastermind sessions per month with corporates and other ecosystem players (compare to mindshare groups at $1200-2000 per month)
Meet startup founders who have been there and will share what they’ve learned the hard way, corporates who will reveal what they’re looking for and what’s going on behind the scenes, and authorities on the mysteries of IP strategy, equity decisions, macroeconomics, and more.
Up to 8 hours/month total.
In & out privileges — join when you need us, take a break when you don’t
Not satisfied in the first 30 days? Cancel for a full refund.”
We’ll create non-competitive, time-zone-suitable accountability groups of 5-10 members, with one facilitated session per month. We’ll help you track & share your progress and get timely feedback. We charge you only when we’ve found a cohort for you.
Just $350 per month!
All of the above + private coaching to deliver exactly what you need, and introductions to corporate partnerships when you're ready
Private coaching: hourly rate by arrangement
Introductions: Available when we’re confident there’s a match — no additional charge!
Success fee or custom arrangement for deals that close.
CEO Corporate Accelerator Forum | Learning scientist, corporate innovation leader in Silicon Valley
Founder @Orka Fwd | Partnering with companies building better products faster
Persuasive Tech | Founder | CEO | Peace Innovation | PeaceX
CEO Nictavi, LLC | Patent-holding inventor, Artist
CEO + Co-Founder at Coreshell Technologies, Inc.
Why join now?
Is it still possible to build a great startup in your garage, a la Jobs & Wozniak? Yes, if you’re B to C, don’t require existing specialized equipment, and have all the expertise you need among the founders. The rest of us, most of us, need an ecosystem to thrive. One key relationship is especially important, and especially hard to tackle: The corporation. If you need large firms as investors, customers, vendors or research partners; if you need large firms to help you access key users, channels or supplies, there are some steps you need to take to get ready. We can help you.
Frequently asked questions
Join us if:
- You’re a decision-maker for your startup company.
- You’re hungry for corporate partnership. For example:
- You’re in a complex industry that’s highly regulated and you need a partner who can help you navigate.
- You have tricky science to sort out, so you need a partner with the capacity to run big studies.
- You need specialized equipment that’s too expensive, or maybe even impossible to access. You need a partner who can give you free or discounted equipment time.
- You’re B to C and you need to sell to large firms.
- You need components and supplies from big corporates OR
- There’s some other specialized reason why you need to work with large corporations
You’re welcome to join as a way to explore this question.
Mostly no. This is a paid experience and we’re delighted to have you as a customer. We will certainly let you know if we think we can’t help you, but it’s up to you to decide. Bad behavior is the one reason why we would show someone the door — we reserve the right to cancel your subscription and end your access. It’s our option whether to give you warnings and/or feedback first. A healthy community is paramount.
Can’t make our session times for the Basic program? Don’t worry, every session is recorded! Your subscription gives you access to our full library of talks and fireside chats. You’ll have access as long as your subscription continues.
The Club and Matchmaker programs are customized with your schedule in mind.
We are especially well suited to companies in more complex industries like pharma, advanced materials or life sciences — that’s because corporate-startup partnership is especially valuable in those industries, so we’ve come to know them best. If you’re B2B, or B2B2C, you need corporate partnerships and we can help. If you’re strictly direct-to-consumer, we might recommend a different program.
We’ll help you no matter what stage you are. In order to partner with corporates, you’ll need an MVP or working prototype, or be product ready. We are stage agnostic because different corporates are looking for different maturity levels. If you’re looking for a big sale or a big corporate investment, you need to be quite advanced. If you’ve got an idea that stretches the bounds of the possible and you have the expertise to back it up, you might be interesting to a corporate partner even at an early stage. We’ll help you prepare for the types of partners you need. If you’re joining our Club program, we’ll connect you with other non-competitive founders at a similar stage, so you’re all learning through similar challenges and opportunities around the same time.
Guidance and events
Guidance, events & cohort
Success fee or custom arrangements. Pay only when you make a deal.