The closing meeting of the COSTA (Corporates & Startups) program washeld on May 30th, 2017 at the High Tech Campus Eindhoven. CVN and several of our members actively participated over the past year and on May 30th the results and insights were shared. The Corporate Readiness Tool, developed by CVN, RSM and ECE was launched During this meeting Jan Kees de Jager (KPN CFO and ambassador of COSTA) and Prins Constantijn (Specila Envoy Startup Delta) have spoken. VNO-NCW, MKB Nederland and Corporate Venturing Network will carry on with the COSTA initiative

Background of COSTA:
In May 2016 13 corporates, in the presence of Neelie Kroes, then Special Envoy of StartupDelta, decided to collaborate to strengthen cooperation with startups. CVN also joined, together with Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship (ECE), Erasmus University, Municipality of Eindhoven and VNO-NCW. COSTA aims to make the startup ecosystem smarter, stronger, faster and more sustainable.
Over the past year under the guidance of KPN CFO Jan Kees de Jager, ambassador of COSTA, we shared our ‘best and worst practices’ and looked closely how to turn collaboration into a smarter, more innovative and durable success. For more information go to our COSTA page.
Press release May 30th.