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.
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.