June 23, 2020

Case studies of corporate innovation projects you need to read

From ABN Amro to Waitrose, these are the accounts — good and bad — of the corporate innovation projects at some of Europe's largest companies.

Maija Palmer

2 min read

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RBS logo

The short story of RBS’ failed digital bank Bó, which was shuttered just 6 months after launch. Was it doomed from the start?

Santander logo

How Santander built Pago FX to rival money transfer fintech TransferWise. Banks have a patchy history of building their own fintech challengers, but this is how  Santander plans to ensure success. 

[PagoFX — Can a bank really build its own fintech?]

BBVA logo

How BBVA is using Holvi, the fintech it acquired in 2016, to enter new markets

ABN Amro logo

How ABN Amro turned a €10m sideline into a €100m venture fund with investments in Tink, Privitar and Trifacta.


[How to build a CVC fund — advice from ABN AMRO Ventures]

Zurich logo

How Zurich Insurance used a startup competition to reinvigorate innovation.

Centrica logo

How to make the post-investment relationship with a startup work.  This is how Centrica integrated Mixergy into the rest of the business.

BP Logo

How BP is looking for adjacent businesses — it is investing in a company that can turn fibre optic networks into a city-wide monitoring device. 

Essent logo

How Tankey, a fuel loyalty card, spun out of energy provider Essent. 

Fujitsu logo

How Fujitsu used a startup partnership to enter a new market

[Can quantum-inspired supercomputers crack the Covid-19 drug challenge?]

Thales logo

How Thales helps startups get access to military contracts.

Airbus logo

How Airbus is revamping its BizLab accelerator.

Stora Enso logo

How Finnish paper company Stora Enso moved into biodegradable straws with startup Sulapac.

SEAT logo

How SEAT used startup partners to move into micromobility 

Waitrose logo

How Waitrose saved £10m through employee-led innovation. 

Henkel logo

Henkel’s big push into open innovation

Ottobock logo

How Ottobock, the 100-year-old German prosthetic limb company stays up to date. 9% of profits get invested back into R&D each year and the company invested €100m into young inventors and businesses last year.