Startup screening process - all in one platform

Innovation has become paramount when it comes to staying relevant in any given industry and innovating through startups is one of the best ways to do so. Everything that comes in between scouting for a perfect startup and potentially acquiring it – like discovering what they do, sharing technology and ideas, and even partnering – represents a costly but worthwhile procedure. Novable is here to bridge the gaps in the whole process and save time for its clients.

Find out more about the startup screening process. Connect with the best startups to drive corporate innovation and growth. You can book a demo by selecting a date and we’ll make sure that you get immediate results from the time you invested.

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What is startup scouting?

Startup scouting is part of the corporate venture engagement. More specifically, it is the process of identifying, evaluating, and selecting the best startups to work with. The purpose is to ensure that the right startups will enter your radar in due time. 

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Startup screening journey

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  1. Enter a search briefing using natural language, and let yourself be guided until you receive a ranked list of relevant startups based on your needs and requirements. 
  2. Have your personal scouting butler at hand for anything: your Novable Agent will help and guide you throughout your scouting journey, quality-check what you get, curate and vet startup candidates, and validate them upon your criteria and requirements.
  3. The Google for Startups – only better. Explore the Novable database of 2+ million innovative companies worldwide with any topic or language, and get instant results from the full startup context.
  4. Get detailed, non-public information about any company with a click of a button within two days: Intellectual Property (patents, trademarks), People (founders, managers, etc.), or Business (finance, funding, USP, verticals, etc.). 

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  • Novable seemed like the best option in terms of user experience, price, and results. Having those lists of companies presented to you every couple of days cuts down on so much time and it’s a much easier workflow for me.

    Liam Webber Whitespace
    Liam Webber
    Innovation Outreach at Whitespace
  • We had a very specific customer request for a practically non-existing technology in eCommerce. In just 2 iterations (2 hours of workload for us), Novable managed to find 3 times the amount of companies we had after multiple weeks of research. The quality of the startups was top-notch (over 66% match rate). Some relevant companies were completely under the radar, meaning we were the first ones to reach out to them. This is great news for any CVC initiative and innovation consultants: Novable can deliver a blue ocean that no other solution could find.

    Marion Scala
    Hi’Tech Luxury - Innovation Program Director at Micropole
  • We were conducting market research around MedTech companies in several domains. Thanks to regular touch points and iterative precision, Novable delivered many new and unknown companies (82), which further increased the value for our customer. The best part is that it only took me a couple of hours to get there.

    Maarten Van Gorp
    Venture Acceleration Manager at IMEC
  • Our objective is to know where we, and our technology, stand within the market. Novable helps us to map the current technology landscape out.

    Laurent Delhalle
    Senior Research Scientist at Realco
  • Novable was quite impressive on its way to collect specific companies, specialised in NFTs, which was in scope with my search criteria and did this very rapidly.

    Damien D'Ostuni
    Damien D'Ostuni
    Head of Innovation at Wavemaker Belgium
  • After benchmarking 11 solutions and testing two of them, we’re delighted to see that Novable’s promises exceeded our expectations, both in terms of the platform and the team behind it. The quality of the sourcing and the deadlines, even during peak periods, are always on target. Since then, other departments (like M&A) have wanted to use it too!

    Quentin Berhault - Orano
    Quentin Berhault
    Open Innovation Catalyst at Orano
  • The results provided by the platform are efficient and relevant. Additionally, the startup scouting tool has well-designed ergonomics and features. A big part of our great relationship has to do with the very good support of the team, too.

    JP Boisvert @ Client
    Jean-Philippe Boisvert
    Research Programs & Partnerships at Etex Building Performance
  • The pharmaceutical industry requires constant innovation. We need to find the right thing to develop and do it on time. Novable helps us to be more efficient in these tasks.

    Jeff Tonnar @ Client
    Jeff Tonnar
    Innovation Manager at Laboratoire Aguettant
  • To stay in the state-of-the-art you need to know what is happening outside of the bubble. Using Novable to benchmark the potential companies you could be interested in is extremely useful.

    Cécile Cordier Engie
    Cécile Cordier
    Head of Innovation at Engie Global Management Solutions
  • Novable’s AI keeps iterating until it converges toward accurate results. We used other AI tools internally, but they never converged the way Novable does. Novable takes a different approach and uses feedback loops that refocus the AI to reach convergence. It helped us find incredible companies that our own research and other tools were unable to find.


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  • Our partnership with Novable ensures us a constant flow of innovative companies and feeds our teams with new ideas.

    Robert M.
    Innovation Manager