Working with Silicon Valley’s startup incubator and accelerator ecosystem, we leverage cutting-edge technologies emerging from NEC’s global network of laboratories and research & development facilities. Globally, the NEC Group focuses on providing solutions for society that promote safety, security, efficiency and equality of society. We recruit dedicated Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EIRs) to bring technology concepts to life as feasible businesses, with the purpose of improving the world. Startups launched by our Corporate Accelerator Program (CAP)—often with partner venture capital investments—are supported through business development activities to help achieve revenue growth. Read more about becoming an EIR.

Our CAP Process offers a step-by-step business framework for EIRs to follow as they incubate concepts and accelerate the development of their startup project. To learn more about each step in the process, click here.

  • Customer Discovery: Verify problem-solution fit (PSF) through quick iteration of hypothesis creation, customer interviews and demonstrations using low-fidelity (Lo-Fi) minimum viable product (MVP)
  • Customer Validation: Verify product-market fit (PMF) through proof of concept (PoC) with early adopters using high-fidelity (Hi-Fi) MVP
  • Entire Process: Leverage resources and powers of the ecosystem as much as possible