5. Virgin

Europe’s 25 Corporate Startup Stars winner shows leadership remains committed to supporting entrepreneurship

Virgin is a strong example of what a company can achieve if it embraces entrepreneurship.

Driven by a passionate founder, Sir Richard Branson, it works with start-ups through a diverse range of programmes. Particularly impressive are Virgin Startup and Virgin Unite, which offer comprehensive support for entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses, including high levels of peer-to-peer support, funding, mentoring, tools, resources and advice.

While procurement isn’t guaranteed, many start-ups have gone on to produce products or services for Virgin’s companies.

For example, Nudge Global provides ‘financial wellness’ software to Virgin Management employees, and Bark and Meow supply high-end pet beds to Virgin Hotels.

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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.

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