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Venture building is making a strong impact and doesn’t seem to stop growing. Companies that create startups for other companies have become the best tool for the latter to innovate and acquire new revenue streams to keep them afloat in an uncertain future.

Startup studios, venture studios, or venture builders… They may be called different things, but they all have one thing in common: they ideate and build new business models. Startups that are born thanks to them are called to disrupt and transform their sectors. That’s why today we bring you the most relevant venture builders in Europe. These are the ones you need to know.

What is a venture builder?

A venture builder is a company that offers the service of building startups for other, more established companies. Based on innovative ideas and the creation of new business concepts, it ideates, validates, develops, and scales companies, which subsequently become part of the portfolio of companies of the company that hires this service.

Although there are different criteria for defining them, they are also known as venture studios, startup studios, or company builders.

Venture builders, accelerators, incubators… How are they different?

Although they all revolve around the world of entrepreneurship and startups, they are very different.

While venture builders create startups from scratch for the companies that hire them, accelerators and incubators work to help them grow so that they become strong companies in the shortest possible time.

Both the hiring client and the service offered are different. The venture builder has a large company as its client; it hires the service of creating a startup, from the ideation phase zero to its independence. On the other hand, accelerators and incubators have the startup itself as their client; it enjoys services such as mentoring, workspaces, or tools to be able to grow and strengthen.

Venture Builders in France

Flying Rhino

Flying Rhino is a well-known venture builder in France with a mission to build and scale platforms to unleash their potential for growth, profitability, and sustainability. Additionally, they also function as a startup accelerator.

  • Portfolio: Docloop, Sustainable AV Production, Plataforma Academy, and more.
  • Founders: Nathalie Lamborghini
  • Year founded: 2018
  • Location: Marseille (France)

Technofounders

Technofounders is based in France and specializes in creating new ventures in the deep tech sector, specifically in the areas of healthcare, sustainable chemistry, and new materials.

  • Portfolio: Docloop, Sustainable AV Production, Plataforma Academy, and more.
  • Founders: Pierre Le Blainvaux, Olivier Le Blainvaux, Yves Matton
  • Year founded: 2014
  • Location: Paris (France)

Venture Builders in Germany

Rocket Internet

Rocket Internet is one of the most well-known companies in Europe and the world, as it not only operates as a venture builder but also invests in startups and functions as a startup incubator.

  • Portfolio: Payflow, Bluenets, Global Savings Group, Flash Coffee, Everstox, and more.
  • Founders: Alexander Samwer, Marc Samwer, Oliver Samwer
  • Year founded: 2007
  • Location: Berlin, Germany

FinLeap

FinLeap is a corporate venture builder specializing in creating new businesses in the world of finance, open banking, and insurtech.

  • Portfolio: Solaris, Element, Cross Lend, Vane (formerly BillFront), PAIR Finance, and more.
  • Founders: Ramin Niroumand, owned by IONIQ Group
  • Year founded: 2014
  • Location: Berlin, Germany

Next Big Thing

Next Big Thing operates as a venture capital firm, accelerator, incubator, and venture builder. Its focus is on the Internet of Things and blockchain technology.

  • Portfolio: Assist Me, Auxolar, Axo TrackWeeve, METR, Pharmio.
  • Founders: Harald Zapp, Michael Bommer, and Maik Käbisch
  • Year founded: 2017
  • Location: Berlin, Germany.

Venture Builders in the Netherlands

Bundl

Bundl is one of the most recognizable venture builders, thanks to its creation of over 25 startups and its content, such as directories of startups created by corporations.

  • Portfolio: Xtract, O.W.N., Orgalux, Meet Roger, and more.
  • Founders: Thomas Van Halewyck
  • Year founded: 2008
  • Location: Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Antwerp (Belgium)

Peakfijn

Peakfijn designs and builds digital products, and also pivots already created products or businesses. One of its hallmarks is its focus on design.

  • Portfolio: Oaky, Cabbit, SMan Waarnemingen, and more.
  • Founders: Wouter Wisselink, Willem Guensberg
  • Year founded: 2013
  • Location: Amsterdam (Netherlands)

The Main Ingredient

This startup studio in the Netherlands boasts that it can found companies from scratch in just 12 weeks. In addition, they not only work closely with corporations but also create their own startups.

  • Portfolio: Returnista, Ligo, and Tikkie.
  • Founder: Paul Reijnierse
  • Year founded: 2015Location:
  • Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Venture Builders in Spain

Corporate Lab

Corporate Lab is a leading startup studio in Spain, the only one specialized in co-creating startups with corporations. This corporate venture builder works by creating new business models for large companies in all sectors.

Despite being one of the most recent venture builders, their successful cases have made them a leader in their sector in just 4 years. Indeed, agility and hands-on work are some of their differential points.

You may also know them because they are the voice of corporate innovation in Spain: their podcast, Innovation Takes Guts, is the first podcast on corporate innovation with interviews with innovation leaders from the most important Spanish companies.

  • Portfolio: Okify, Coventia, Surippa, Equipzilla, and more.
  • Founders: Rubén Ferreiro (Grupo Viko) and Brais Comesaña.
  • Year founded: 2019
  • Location: Madrid, Barcelona, A Coruña, and Vigo (Spain).

Antai

Antai is one of the pioneers, specializing in creating startups for eCommerce, digital-native companies, and marketplaces, among others.

  • Portfolio: Wallapop, Glovo, ProntoPiso, and more.
  • Founders: Gerard Olivé, Miguel Vicente.
  • Year founded: 2012
  • Location: Barcelona (Spain).

Nuclio

Nuclio specializes in replicating business models that have already been validated in other markets, transferring them to markets in Southern Europe and Latin America.

  • Portfolio: Housfy, Finteca, Minicoders, and more.
  • Founders: Carlos Blanco, Alex Díaz, María Hidalgo, Marc Torres.
  • Year founded: 2016
  • Location: Barcelona (Spain)

Venture Builders in the United Kingdom

Blenheim Chalcot

Blenheim Chalcot is the leading venture builder in the United Kingdom, focusing mainly on the digital transformation of industries traditionally considered more offline. For example, their sectors include edtech, fintech, healthtech, and mediatech, among others.

  • Portfolio: ClearScore, EnglishScore, Contentive, Kloo, Koodoo, Researcher, and more.
  • Founders: Charles Mindenhall, Manoj Badale
  • Year Founded: 1998
  • Location: London, United Kingdom

Zero 1

Zero 1 is a corporate venture builder that creates new companies from scratch, skipping the incubator or accelerator stages.

  • Portfolio: Lifted, Heata, Zoë, and more.
  • Founders: Damian Cristian, Finn MacCabe, Guy Conway
  • Year Founded: 2018
  • Location: London, United Kingdom

RainMaking

RainMaking also operates as a startup accelerator and operates internationally in various sectors, such as fintech, insurtech, logistics, or digital tech.

  • Portfolio: Relayr, Laka, Railsbank, and more.
  • Founder: Carsten Kølbek
  • Year Founded: 2006
  • Location: London, United Kingdom and other global capitals such as New York, Copenhagen, or Dubai.

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