Europe’s 25 Corporate Startup Stars winner works together with start-ups to foster effective innovations
Sustainable energy supplier Eneco has developed an integrated approach to working with start-ups, through its Innovation and Ventures business unit.
The unit helps early-stage companies and prospective partners to access Eneco and has led to a number of success stories. These include smart thermostat ‘Toon’, which Eneco began working with in 2011 and is now a market leader.
Eneco’s decision to hire a chief innovation officer demonstrates a clear understanding of the value that start-ups can create. The organisation also offers the opportunity for internal projects to become start-ups, and be managed as external investments if there’s a sound business plan in place.
Image courtesy of SVC2UK CEO Summit 2015.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 644104.