Innovation Execution

Besides supporting strategic innovation projects, we support companies in implementing a wide range of innovation execution formats and vehicles. 



  • Intrapreneurship programs
  • Innovation days and Hackathons
  • Mindset and innovation trainings



  • Setup of venture building unit/studio
  • Ideation and validation of new business ideas
  • Prototyping, MVP design and testing
  • Business modelling
  • Scaling strategies



  • Setup of venture client units
  • Use case definition and global startup scouting
  • Pilot collaboration roll-out and guidance
  • Adoption of innovative solutions



  • Supporting the strategic setup
  • Startup dealflow and due diligence
  • Portfolio companies support



  • Partner ecosystems 
  • Innovation crowd 
  • Innovation outposts
  • Accelerators and incubators

3 Key Factors for Successful Innovation Execution


Democratize innovation and mobilize employees’ contribution by offering strategic guidance, inspiration, empowerment, and top management support


Open up to the world by building ecosystems to co-create with other corporates, customers, suppliers, start-ups/scale-ups, and research entities


Just do it. Try, fail, learn, repeat. Kill zombie projects to free up resources!

Client Voices

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Nives Bukovac

Senior Expert
Low Carbon Business Projects

" The Pioneers team helped us to set up a global intrapreneurship program and provided deep methodology know-how to guide our teams in the validation of new business models. "

Christian Huter

Innovation Manager

" Partnering with Pioneers to get our corporate venture studio, 120 Ventures, off the ground was a key move. Their practical approach to developing innovation & growth strategies and their supportive role in our venture building process really helped us move forward. It's been a collaborative effort all the way, blending their insights with our goals. "

Juan Rosenzweig

Innovation Manager

" Partnering with Pioneers for our product development from concept to prototype proved to be a strategic choice. Their deep knowledge in developing physical prototypes was evident every step of the way, paving the way form what has the potential to be a new product offering from RHIM after final client tests. "

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Harald Asböck


" It was a pleasure to work with the Pioneers team on the ANDRITZ Ventures Startup Contest. They collaborated effectively with our intrapreneurs and provided valuable know-how around corporate venture building which was crucial for the success of our program. "

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van Leeuwen

Program Manager

" 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. "

Stefan Schlumberger

Business Innovation Manager

" Since the joint setup of our lab, Pioneers has supported the customer-centric development of several innovative ideas. The team's hands-on working style, deep methodology knowledge, and strategic competence bring great value to our projects. "

Franz Zöchbauer

Managing Director

" We are excited about the outcomes from our partnership with Pioneers. The joint project has been instrumental in unlocking future potential through collaboration and innovation with startups. Huge thanks to everyone at Pioneers for making this happen! "

Rey Buckman

Airbus Bizlab

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

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Overview of latest references

Intrapreneurship Program

3 years venture development
3 new business streams
7+ tested pilots
3 launched new products
1000+ end customers reached

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Intrapreneurship Program

6 missions
100+ intrapreneurs
6 teams coached and tutored
450+ participants in webinars
3 high-potential business concepts

Open Innovation Challenge

8 innovation topics defined
8 top startups scouted
8 design sprints implemented
2 scale-ups selected
2+ ongoing partnerships

Scaleup4Europe Accelerator Program

5 European partners
4 startup labs
45+ scale-ups and startups coached
55+ experts and mentors involved
25+ corporates connected

Scouting & Bootcamps

4 campuses around the world
150 startups scouted
61 startups coached in bootcamps
20 top startups selected for PoCs
0 dropouts of the accelerator


Monthly scouting of top fit scale-ups for partnerships
Company analysis and business case presentations
Several long-term collaborations achieved

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Blueprint Startup Bootcamps

3 locations in Europe
30 top startups scouted
– Design of the selection bootcamp
– Top travel startups selected
– Several ongoing partnerships

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Startup Pilot Setup

6 use cases defined
60 top startups scouted
20 collaboration workshops
– Strategic decision guidance
– Support in pilot setup

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Internal Startup Contest

3 ideation sessions
100+ employees reached in program
60+ ideas sourced
10+ teams mentored over 3 months
5+ ideas selected for the next stage

Strong Footprint in Many Large Organizations

Why Pioneers?

We combine a unique set of assets and skills. With background from both strategy consulting and years of experience in the startup scene, we are experts of both the corporate and startup world


Our team has 10+ years of experience in developing and managing corporate strategies.


We understand the barriers of creating an entrepreneurial company and guide a successful transformation.


So far we supported 100+ intrapreneur teams, 20+ corporate ventures, and 100+ startup collaborations in their execution.


In the quest for carbon neutrality there is a large “climate gap”. We help develop sustainable offers to reduce companies’ carbon footprint.


Since 2014 we work on startup collaborations and have built a large network for international scouting.


We have extensive expertise in recruiting talents for key positions in corporates, startups, and corporate ventures.

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