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Enterprise

INNOVATION

Upward offers a white-glove enterprise innovation experience that custom-matches actionable solutions to business or industry challenges, and oversees their successful execution from concept to commercialization.

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As senior leadership defines business challenges or areas of interest for innovation, Upward launches targeted scouting efforts for mature startups across the globe. Following the scouting process is an industry-tested vetting experience, by which each qualifying startups’ technologies are strategically assessed for scalability and industry impact potential.

EXTERNAL

Scouting

BENEFITS

DEDICATED EXPERTISE

Enterprise Partner executives liaise with a dedicated Upward Innovation Program Director to outline company challenges, areas of industry opportunity, and appropriate channels of external and/or internal innovation. This Director role oversees the innovation process from concept to commercialization.

CASE STUDY CREATION

The results of each pilot are published into case studies. We craft detailed studies for our partner's internal circulation, and offer white-labeled versions to partners in the Upward network seeking similar solutions.

GLOBAL SCOUTING

Upon definition of business challenges, Upward’s team leverages its vast global innovation network to scout for mature startups with hyper-targeted industry solutions. Each qualifying technology is strategically assessed for scalability and industry impact potential through an industry-tested vetting process.

DEAL FACILITATION

After successful pilots, Upward facilitates seamless deployment across business lines and subsequent commercialization agreements, including: extended pilots, joint ventures, and co-development between partners and startups.

PILOT DESIGN

Upward’s deep experience in innovation pilot design and optimization works to validate the impact and scalability of startup solutions prior to enterprise adoption and commercialization. Partners have the option to employ Upward for introductory pilot location identification and management.

ONGOING PARTNERSHIPS

As members of the Upward network, we continue to foster new relationships between Enterprise Partners and relevant startups. We are also committed to deepening existing partnerships within the greater network.

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