November 10, 2017 Not Just Another Mobility Accelerator
What is the difference between a corporate accelerator and an open innovation platform?
The difference was clear during our Beyond1435 NEXUS. A NEXUS is a focus week that is designed to matchmake startups with our corporate partners, founders, and investors. During the first NEXUS (October 5th-9th) startup applicants came to Berlin to meet with our corporate partners for one-on-one deal flows. After the deal flows, a few of the startups pitched to the wider Berlin startup ecosystem at Meetup #4: Brave New City.
In addition to deal flow day and the Meetup. Beyond1435 partners met several times throughout the week to talk about how they can work together with startups through a joint business development initiative. In other words, our corporate partners are collaborating to figure out how they can provide a combination of investment, pilot opportunities or access to data to select startups on the platform.
As a result of this intense week, our partners gained a deeper understanding of blockchain and artificial intelligence through a core technology workshop and, most importantly, were able to engage with the wider Berlin startup ecosystem. New startups are expected to join the platform over the next couple of weeks.