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Nestlé launches R&D accelerator center for startups and intrapreneurs in Lausanne

Nestlé launches R&D accelerator center for startups and intrapreneurs in Lausanne

September 2 - 2021 Coffee Geography Magazine

Nestlé launches its largest R&D accelerator center in Lausanne, Switzerland to enable new startups and intrapreneurs work together in the state of the art lab for effective innovative output.

 

The lab teams will have access to use Nestlé's scientific technologies and entrepreneurial business proficiency on how to market their products by understanding the needs and desire of different consumers all around the world. The participants can confer with food technologists, nutritionists, regulatory and food safety personnel, designers and packaging staff from Nestlé for ultimate result for their product design.

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"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,"​ said Tom Wagner, head of the Nestlé R+D Accelerator program.

 
Tom Wagner, head of the Nestlé R+D Accelerator program
Tom Wagner, head of the Nestlé R+D Accelerator program

Nestlé's global R+D Accelerator network consists of 12 sites in eight different countries. Each Accelerator is located at a Nestlé R&D site and focuses on a specific product category or region. Nestlé has accelerators at its R&D centers for dairy, nutrition, coffee, confectionery or food products. Regional accelerators in China, India, the US, ASEAN and Sub-Saharan Africa work with local start-ups and students to develop innovations relevant to their regions.

The newly-inaugurated site in Lausanne is the industry's largest Accelerator, covering 4,000 m​with a variety of co-working stations, prototyping kitchens and mini-production facilities. It can host up to 10 teams simultaneously.

Stefan Palzer, Nestlé chief technology officer
Stefan Palzer, Nestlé chief technology officer
"At our R+D Accelerators we combine the creativity and entrepreneurship of students, start-ups and intrapreneurs with Nestlé's extensive scientific and technological expertise. The initiative creates learning opportunities for both internal and external talents, builds competencies and fosters an entrepreneurial culture across our sites. It is great to see the passion and excitement of the teams as they go from an idea to a test launch in just a few months, overcoming many different challenges along the way!" said Stefan Palzer, Nestlé chief technology officer. Since 2019, 165 participants have participated in the R+D Accelerator program and almost 80 products have been tested in 18 countries. 

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