Category: VIEWS

Why Accelerators Fail

Hussam Ayyad, our Chief Accelerator Officer explains why accelerators fail and shares insights that might help save you a misstep. Everyone talks about accelerators like they’re unicorn farms, yet unicorns produced by accelerators remain nearly as rare as actual horned horses. Research by CB Insights shows that “60% of corporate accelerators fail within two years, […]

Why Corporate Pilot Accelerators Matter

Hussam Ayyad, our Chief Accelerator Officer explains where accelerators started and how they create value for both entrepreneurs and corporates to make an impact. My title is probably a dead giveaway, but I strongly believe in accelerators, having dedicated a substantial part of my career to helping companies set up these programs to drive business […]

Forget Disruption. Let’s Talk Growth (Innovation).

By Ben Yoskovitz, Founding Partner, Highline Beta Disruption. It’s almost as over-used a term as “innovation.” It’s true, big companies are worried about being disrupted, and this has led to the common sentiment, “It’s better to disrupt ourselves than have someone else do it to us.” Fair enough. You’d rather destroy yourself than have someone […]

Our Future and Economy Lose When Women Leave Power and Wealth on the Table

By Lauren Robinson, General Partner, Highline Beta If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that resiliency requires innovation. More than ever, entrepreneurs, emerging technology and innovation are powering our reimagined future. But the secret to building a better tomorrow isn’t just about having the skills to navigate an ever-changing landscape.  It’s about which individuals […]

The Importance of Founder Diversity in our Venture Studio

In the tech ecosystem, everyone is talking about founder diversity. It is a complex and challenging issue that highlights the inequality that many face. And 2020 has been a year of reckoning. With the Black Lives Matter movement, conversations around diversity in leadership and across sectors have become pressing. To-date, 70% of founders from Highline […]

Innovation in Payments: Interac

Interview with Debbie Gamble, Chief Officer, Innovation Labs and New Ventures at Interac about the future of payments, importance of digital experience and setting up the stage for continued success in 2020 and beyond.

Innovation in Payments: Interview with Ashish Gadnis, Co-Founder and CEO of BanQu

Highline Beta has put together Crisis Manifesto: Innovation Opportunities in Payments post-COVID report. Today, we talk with Ashish Gadnis, Co-Founder and CEO of BanQu, about agility, supply chain visibility and making a difference. BanQu is a software company leveraging non-cryptocurrency blockchain technology to help unbanked populations in developing countries build financial identities, and was among the startups in the 100+ Sustainability Accelerator program we launched with AB InBev. Highline Beta has also joined as an investor, supporting BanQu in achieving its mission.