Increase your visibility among corporate innovators
What Can We Do For You?
Learn From Industry Experts
Get Access to Unique Know-How
Get Inspired and Grow
Network with Your Peers
When you join as a member, you become part of an intimate group of colleagues doing the thorny work of bridging between corporates and startups. You receive three tickets to our annual in-person gathering, Unleshing Startup Innovation. You’re invited to our twice-per-month private online parties with peers, experts and startups through Click | the Startup Accelerator for Corporate Partnership. You access free drop-in consulting hours throughout the year. And we provide discounted direct services as you need them, for activities like startup curation, engine design or ecosystem acceleration, depending on your stage, industry and requirements.
Each year we add to our offerings: Insight decks, podcasts, whitepapers, research studies, and more.
Why Choose CAF
Individual Approach to Each Member
Your CAF experience is guided by CEO/Founder Diana Joseph, from initial curation interview through onboarding and regular check-ins
Access to an International Ecosystem of Innovators
CAF Members, Sponsors and stakeholders include global players who know how this works in every context
Know-How Developed by Corporate Innovators for Corporate Innovators
Our tools, stories and frameworks emerge from frontline work, bolstered by academic research
Unique, Curated Ecosystem
CAF corporate innovators who are actively exploring or engaged in open innovation, and make connections based on stage, industry, region, or challenge
CAF Founder Diana Joseph believes that everyone needs to be more entrepreneurial – individuals and organizations alike. With a doctorate in the Learning Sciences, extensive experience in academia, non-profit and corporate contexts, Diana set out on her own entrepreneurship journey in 2017, drinking her own champagne – following a hybrid Lean Startup/Design Thinking curriculum she created with her team while working in the trenches as a corporate innovator at Citrix Systems, Inc.
According to this approach, Step One was to observe and interview, looking for a need that Diana was uniquely qualified to address within the vision of creating a more entrepreneurial world. One of Diana’s early interviewees was Amanda Cashin, the leader of Illumina’s now Global Accelerator.
Amanda arrived with her own curiosity – what had happened to the Citrix Startup Accelerator? Where had it gone? Was that a trend that could be coming for her?
Amanda’s curiosity revealed the need: Corporate innovators who work with startups need each other – to see the landscape from multiple vantage points, to test best practices, and to share the experience of simultaneously navigating two very different stakeholders, corporate and startup.
CAF started with a single meeting in 2017. From there, we’ve blossomed into a curated community of corporate open innovators, with multiple offerings grounded in the needs and expertise of this community.
Cost to attend CAF experience
Private CAF LinkedIn and Whatsapp Groups
Exclusive CAF content (e.g., event insights, white papers, reading recommendations, podcasts)
Bi-Weekly Members Gathering
Bi-Weekly Water Cooler
Discounted consulting hours (10%, 25%)
Various, from 1-2K
Three experiences included, discount
Three experiences included, discount
What Participants Are Saying
There is many values that I get from being a part of the CAF ecosystem. For example I connect with Silicon Valley Ecosystem Partners, corporate innovators and anyone wanting to make innovation capacity a reality. There are not many in the world. CAF is the place to find them.
CAF is an amazing network of like-minded corporate innovators tackling the challenges of innovating and partnering with startups in a corporate setting.