(Raleigh, NC) The Innovators Program Inc. is excited to announce the addition of BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) to the Innovators Program as a corporate sponsor. As part of this relationship, BD will introduce a team to this year’s Raleigh program. BD’s internal team will participate in a rigorous 12-week accelerator program alongside internal teams from Citrix and 3 external teams, Civic Rise, AllStacks, and VitalFlo, Inc. The program lays the foundation for talented and motivated startup founders and internal innovators to develop the skill set and mindset to build high-growth technology businesses.

This unique blend of internal and external teams leverages the strengths of their respective backgrounds by introducing entrepreneurial thinking to large-scale enterprises and the expertise of successful corporations to early-stage startups, innovation is fostered across the board. The program also enables organizations to rapidly innovate a few high-potential business ideas for three months, and decide whether to further fund based on market traction and opportunity.

The Innovators Program provides teams with bi-weekly workshops, mentorship and one-on-one sessions giving concrete, tactical strategy through action-based items to generate real growth. The program focuses on the best practices of design thinking and lean startup methods to validate each teams’ ideas with the goal of leaving the program with their first customers. At the end of the 12 weeks, teams present their pitch at Demo Day to a network of investors, innovation leaders, and the thriving startup community of Raleigh.

“We expect the experience will be eye-opening for members of our corporate technology R&D team based in Research Triangle Park, as they will get to experience marketing, advertising, and a laser focus on customer needs and motivations,” says Al Lauritano, director of External Innovation and Partnerships for BD.

We are thrilled to introduce BD’s team to the alumni network of past participants and give them the opportunity to learn alongside local startups and other internal teams. This year’s program marks the 4th cohort in Raleigh, producing many startups that have been acquired or are still driving innovation in their respective markets. BD joins the program’s long-term sponsors Citrix and Red Hat.

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