Nurturing innovation to maturity with KPN New Business

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The KPN New Business team develops and launches new services, often in collaboration with promising and innovative technology companies. This lets us stimulate innovation at an early stage in the interest of our customers and the Netherlands as a whole.

At KPN, we believe that we can achieve even more of our innovation ambitions by working together with young and talented technology companies. Combining our strengths enables us to accelerate the development of ideas, products and applications that genuinely help the Netherlands get ahead. In doing so, we also generate new revenue streams for KPN.

KPN New Business & start-ups
We explore these partnerships and new markets from two innovation units: KPN Ventures and KPN New Business. Whereas KPN Ventures invests in products and applications that have already proven their worth, KPN Business researches and develops the innovations of tomorrow.

The Search, Qualify & Incubate (SQI) team at KPN New Business looks for interesting companies to work with and tests whether it is able to deliver the desired products and services. We make it possible to launch promising propositions in the market more quickly through an internal incubator programme.

Lab Days
KPN New Business also facilitates Lab Days with regard to Connectivity, IoT and Security and works together with universities, knowledge institutions and other corporates to create successful innovations in partnership with start-ups. This enables us to take innovations in Connected Home, Smart Cities, Digital Health, Security, Cloud & Data and the Internet of Things a step further and, in doing so, accelerate the growth of start-ups by having KPN act as a pilot customer and/or providing access to our customers.

KPN Partnerworld Programme
We started the KPN Partnerworld Programme so that we are able to help start-ups even better. The programme consists both of elements that are available to anyone as well as elements that are only available for our co-creating partners or partners in which we invest.


We would be happy to discuss all the possibilities with you at one of our events. Browse through our Calendar of Events and sign up!

Calendar of Events

Contact us
Are you a start-up entrepreneur interested in collaborating with KPN in one of the following ways?

  • Co-development of propositions in which mutual assets are invested in a total solution.
  • KPN as pilot customer or launching customer.
  • KPN as distributor.

Contact our Liaison Manager for Start-ups & Incubators, Marie-Jose van den Boomgaard. Include an explicit pitch of your proposition and a concrete request, so that we can respond in more detail and more quickly.

KPN New Business

Director: Jasper Snijder
Goal: To launch and expand our new services related to KPN’s ICT services in the areas of IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Buildings, Connected Home, eID, Cloud Computing, Data & Analytics and Mobile Authentication & Payment. We actively pursue partnership with start-ups to develop innovative products and services aimed at future growth.

KPN has an extensive partner network to support and connect start-ups and entrepreneurs with expertise, service and financing.

Our partners include: World Startup Factory Connectivity Accelerator, PortXL Accelerator, Cambridge Innovation Centre (CIC), Rotterdam Venture Café, The Startup Orgy, Tekdelta, YES!Delft incubator, Twente, The Hague Security Delta (HSD), StartupBootcamp Smart City & Living Accelerator, FinTech & Security Accelerator, Rockstart Digital Health Accelerator, Deloitte Fast Ventures, Accenture, Telefonica Open Future, Internet of Things Academy, Cottonwoord, RTL Ventures, Innovation Quarter, VCC, Healthvalley, StartupDelta, KEEN Venture Partners, Sustainable Healthcare Challenge, Orange Digital Ventures, Swisscom, The Hague Security Delta, School for Data Science, Tilburg Universiteit, Eindhoven University of Technology, Erasmus Centre for Entrepeneurship, Amsterdam Student Investment Fund, Sustainable Healthcare Challenge, Philips Innovation Awards, Founders+, Cisco, Intel Capital, Salesforce, Amazon Web Services, UtrechtInc and Tekdelta.

Interested in learning more about what we do? Read more about our projects and see the calendar of Events.

Corporate Startup Star

Our goal to achieve significant progress through collaborations with start-ups is abundantly clear from our 9th position in the list of Europe’s 25 Corporate Startup Stars. This is a list of 25 European companies that play an exemplary role in partnerships with start-ups and in driving innovation.

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