Why Enterprises and Startups Collaborate

Why Enterprises and Startups Collaborate

Why Enterprises and Startups CollaborateWhy Enterprises and Startups Collaborate

The relationship between enterprises and startups is often necessary for both to succeed—despite their seemingly opposed business views. Still, it’s complicated.

Learning OpportunityLearning Opportunity

82% of surveyed execs at large companies said they can learn how to become a digital business from startups/entrepreneurs, and 50% believe they need to work with startups/entrepreneurs to become sufficiently innovative.

Prosperous PartnershipProsperous Partnership

Survey respondents from enterprises expect the proportion of their revenues generated by collaborations with startups/entrepreneurs to rise from an average of 9% today to 20% in five years.

Approval RatingApproval Rating

71% of execs at major companies said they are collaborating successfully with entrepreneurs, compared to 57% of entrepreneurs who agree.

Priority AdjustmentPriority Adjustment

78% of survey participants at large businesses said that working with entrepreneurs is “important” or “critical” to their own growth and innovation, but only 67% of entrepreneurs feel this way.

Non-Committal ResponseNon-Committal Response

29% of entrepreneurs said large organizations lack the commitment needed to work together, compared to just 7% of execs at large enterprises who say this is true.

Confined EnvironmentConfined Environment

75% of survey respondents at big businesses describe themselves as sufficiently entrepreneurial, but 75% of startup leaders who worked at large companies said they left because they didn’t feel that they could be entrepreneurial there.

Inequitable ArrangementInequitable Arrangement

41% of execs at large organizations believe small, startup-styled businesses are committed to supporting their growth as they work together, but only 24% of entrepreneurs feel large enterprises are similarly committed to supporting the growth of smaller businesses.

Public AssistancePublic Assistance

46% of survey respondents at major corporations say their government makes it easier for large companies to collaborate with startups/entrepreneurs, but just 30% of entrepreneurs agree.

Big Benefits, Part IBig Benefits, Part I

53% of execs at large organizations said accessing specific skills and talents is a top benefit of collaborating with startups/entrepreneurs, and 50% said the opportunity to enter new markets is a top benefit.

Big Benefits, Part IIBig Benefits, Part II

49% of entrepreneurs said getting access to a large enterprise’s distribution network and customer base is a top benefit of collaborating with these companies, while 45% cite the opportunity to serve as a supplier for these big organizations.

Dennis McCafferty
Dennis McCafferty
Dennis McCafferty is a contributor to CIO Insight. He covers topics such as IT leadership, IT strategy, collaboration, and IT for businesses.

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