Innovation Process Accelerator

Get your processes humming so you can close more partnerships!

Large companies often recognize the significant value in partnering with startups, for technical, scientific, and business learnings as well as investment. It turns out to be very difficult to close on deals with startups of interest due to the shape of internal corporate onboarding, legal and procurement processes. How do successful startup engines do it? Two ways: Fast-track processes, and workarounds.

About The IPA

The Innovation Process Accelerator (IPA) is a hands-on practicum designed for corporate engagement workflows that really work. You’ll hear from peer companies about their challenges and successes to understand in detail what works and what doesn’t, and you’ll validate your new approach with internal and external stakeholders.  Our format is a workshop series, plus access to mentoring and unique know-how from the CAF leadership team.  

During the program you’ll prepare the ground for your next startup deal so you and your partner can be confident of a soft landing.

Recommended:  Pair this experience with our bespoke consulting engagements for compelling deal-making — we’ll work with you and your target startups to design deals that really work.

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  • Virtual workshop, mentoring and access to our signature online resources

  • 4 hours, 4 separate days

  • Role-based workshops  — learn what others are doing and how they got it done, get their wise minds pointed at the quirks of your setting

  • 30-50 participants


Baseline: We’ll review your process journey and find opportunities to make it stronger and faster.

Non-competitive insight partners: From a mixed-company/mixed-role team to share and receive insight about why your process stakeholders resist change, and what really is possible.

Build your system: You’ll create a workable startup onboarding, tracking and payment journey; and you’ll design continuous improvement for your new fast-track approach.

Find your unique path of least resistance!

Who can participate

5-10 companies, three people from each organization, but in different roles: 

  • Lawyers
  • Procurement leaders
  • Innovation leaders
  • Other

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