Nestlé has officially inaugurated its largest R+D Accelerator, which is located at the company’s fundamental research centre in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Part of Nestlé’s global R+D Accelerator network launched in 2019, the R+D Accelerator provides a unique platform for start-ups, students, and Nestlé intrapreneurs to bring differentiated innovations to the market fast.
The internal and external teams have full access to Nestlé’s state-of-the-art infrastructure and science, technology, and business expertise. Using early trends, differentiating technologies and scientific discoveries as sources of inspiration, the teams develop innovative product solutions in a six-month immersive ‘idea to shop’ programme.
They can consult with Nestlé’s R&D experts from around the world such as food technologists, nutritionists, regulatory and food safety experts, designers, and packaging experts. Each team also receives hands-on support from dedicated innovation coaches and mentoring from Nestlé’s senior management.
Tom Wagner, Head of the Nestlé R+D Accelerator programme, said: “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.”
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.
For example, Nestlé has Accelerators at its R&D centres for dairy, nutrition, coffee, confectionery or food products.
The newly inaugurated site that is embedded at Nestlé’s research facilities in Lausanne accelerates the translation of fundamental science into cross-category innovations. Nestlé states it is the industry’s largest Accelerator, covering a 4000 m2 surface 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, added: “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.”
Since 2019, 165 participants have participated in the R+D Accelerator program and almost 80 products have been tested in 18 countries.