We transform culture

With Pioneers, we found the ideal partner for our innovation initiatives. The team accompanied us with their expertise from the conceptual design of our first group-wide innovation program to the integration of the resulting projects.

Jaqualine MatejevicÖBB Senior Innovation Manager

Format:
Intrapreneurship Program

Location:
Vienna, Austria

Methods:
Setting-up and implementing the first company-wide innovation program. Supporting 3-4 internal teams through design sprints and pilot programs per year and matching them with external experts/startups resulting in new products/services, business units and internal process innovations.

Results:
1.
3 new business streams created through the 2-year intrapreneurship program
2. 7 tested pilots with 3 new implemented products
3. 60+ internal teams engaged resulting in an improved internal innovation culture

We build internal products

The startup-driven mindset and style of working of Pioneers was a perfect match to support the launch of SPAYCE. Their methodological support and flexibility were essential to set the basis for our innovation lab.

Tobias WeberHead of SPAYCE

Format:
Launching an Innovation Hub

Location:
Stuttgart, Germany

Methods:
Supporting with the creation and launch of an Innovation Lab resulting in the development of first idea concepts, MVPs and pilots.

Results:
1.
Collaborated with 70 intrapreneurs to increase internal awareness and interacted with 2,300 potential customers
2. 2 high potential business ideas selected for further development through an incubation phase

We collaborate with startups

Pioneers helped to run 8 parallel Design Sprints with startups from across Europe. Their assistance, creativity and cocreatorship helped us and the teams to successfully conceptualize 8 submitted ideas. Today, 4 of these ideas are being pursued to become commercial in 2020.

Casper van der VeenHead of Business Development, Aegon Continental Europe

Format:
Open Innovation Challenge

Location:
The Hague, Netherlands

Methods:
Startup scouting, design sprints, moderation, coaching and event organization on the ground.

Results:
1.
Developed the framework and team roles required to run business model innovation at Aegon
2. Selected 8 international scale-ups and delivered 8 Design Sprints
3. 4 scale-ups selected for join collaboration projects, resulting in revenue in 2021

Selection of our clients

Testimonials

With Pioneers, we found the ideal partner for our innovation initiatives. The team accompanied us with their expertise from the conceptual design of our first group-wide innovation program to the integration of the resulting projects.

Jaqualine MatejevicÖBB Senior Innovation Manager

The startup-driven mindset and style of working of Pioneers was a perfect match to support the launch of SPAYCE. Their methodological support and flexibility were essential to set the basis for our innovation lab.

Tobias WeberHead of SPAYCE

Pioneers helped to run 8 parallel Design Sprints with startups from across Europe. Their assistance, creativity and co- creatorship helped us and the teams to successfully conceptualize 8 submitted ideas. Today, 4 of these ideas are being pursued to become commercial in 2020.

Casper van der VeenHead of Business Development, Aegon Continental Europe

Pioneers Discover connected us to first-class international startups and introduced us to the vibrant and intriguing startup world. The co-creation workshops with the startups inspired us to think in completely new ways and business models. We can definitely recommend Pioneers Discover to facilitate the venture into the startup world as a corporate and to introduce fruitful collaborations with top-notch startups.

RehauResearch & Development Department

Pioneers are an ideal partner to support us in creating condensed, yet impactful programmes that will empower startups with the actionable plans and assistance they need to kickstart their further growth.

Wendy van LeeuwenProgram Manager for Booking Booster at Booking.com

Thanks to the great and professional support from Pioneers in our Innovation Challenge, we identified a number of international startups with promising ideas and put together great innovation projects.

Stefan KermerHead of Strategic Projects & Innovation, Wien Energie

The wide variety and quality of Pioneers scale-ups provided an accurate overview of global innovative trends: great value for us.

Airbus Bizlab

It was great to benefit from the experience of Pioneers who already knows best practice in scouting and selecting - that definitely made the process more efficient and the results more successful!

Max SchausbergerHead of Fintech Partnerships, Raiffeisen Bank International

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