Europe’s 25 Corporate Startup Stars winner offers a connected approach to matching start-ups with in-house departments
KLM brings start-ups into the business in a variety of ways – which include pitching events and the ‘X Gates’ project, where part of an airport was used to test new ideas.
They have also leveraged the top-ranked Dutch ecosystem for start-ups by partnering with the likes of Startup Amsterdam to host the Dutch Open multi API Hackathon. KLM’s commitment to developing early-stage talent is matched by a solid approach to integrating this into the business.
Introducing start-ups to in-house departments is one of the core tasks of KLM’s Innovation and Venturing Team, and the organisation is also an active partner in developing university incubators.
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.