Ecosystem Scouting: find the right collaborators

There is a world of innovation happening outside your organisation. This is especially true for deep tech, where up-and-coming innovators are breaking new ground at speeds never before seen. 

Consequently, big companies are increasingly turning to smaller ones to augment their own services with capabilities that sit outside their core offering. The approach has even filtered through to government departments, putting greater emphasis on consortium bidding in public procurement programmes. 

Success is about finding pioneering startups and visionary academic labs to partner with before your competitors snap them up. However, as an organisation seeking to co-develop capabilities, enlist specialists, or launch a joint venture – how do you quickly identify the best partner for the job?