Nestle Launches its Largest R&D Accelerator for Startups, Students, Intrapreneurs

The internal and external teams have full access to Nestlé's infrastructure and science, technology and business expertise.

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland, — On Aug. 30, NestlĂ© officially inaugurated its largest R+D Accelerator, which is located at the company's fundamental research center in Lausanne, Switzerland. It is part of NestlĂ©'s global R+D Accelerator network which was launched in 2019. The R+D Accelerator provides a unique platform for startups, students and NestlĂ© intrapreneurs to bring highly differentiated innovations to the market fast.

The internal and external teams have full access to Nestlé's state-of-the-art infrastructure and unmatched science, technology and business expertise. Using early trends, differentiating technologies and scientific discoveries as sources of inspiration, the teams develop innovative product solutions in a six-month immersive 'idea to shop' program.

They can consult with NestlĂ©'s R&D experts from around the world such as food technologists, nutritionists, regulatory and food safety experts, designers and packaging experts. Each team also receives hands-on support from dedicated innovation coaches and mentoring from NestlĂ©'s senior management.

"We give internal and external entrepreneurs full access to all the expertise and infrastructure they need to translate their idea into a product – from analytical labs, experimental kitchens, to prototyping and production facilities – and we help them test their innovations in real-market conditions," says Tom Wagner, Head of the NestlĂ© R+D Accelerator program.

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