ABSTRACT

Corporate accelerators have developed as an important mechanism for corporate entrepreneurship and digital innovation across industries worldwide. Corporate accelerators are typically time-limited programs that provide mentoring and educational support to a selected group of start-ups acting as intermediary between corporate parents and participating start-ups. Building on more than five years of research in this field with over 200 expert interviews conducted in Germany and several studies published, we offer a comprehensive view on different types of corporate accelerators. We discuss their objectives, design, and how these programs create value providing relevant insights for both academics and practitioners.