93% of startups fail to scale
As a startup, it’s a real struggle to conquer your unique position in a saturated market. Your biggest challenges are well known: finding a good problem/solution fit, finding the right product/market fit, managing the short term and long term cashflow and managing the retention of early customers so you can survive and actually grow/scale. You are in a continuous battle to win all these challenges. Unfortunately, according to a report of Startup Genome on premature scaling, 93% of the startups fail to scale.
A crucial moment to raise your chances to end up with the 7% succeeding businesses, is right after you defined your solution/market fit and thus are ready to scale. How? By working together with a traditional business. I am well aware that you might feel some aversion towards this idea: as a startup you probably feel an urge to disrupt these traditional businesses and industries. With your innovative business models and new technologies, this is no lame claim. But what you might forget in your ambition to disrupt, is that traditional businesses often have lots of experience in the market, a broad customer base ànd a rich history. Elements that can be of great help.
The crux lies within the way you collaborate with these traditional businesses. Linking the innovation power of your startup to the legacy and market knowledge of the traditional business, can lead to a strategic win-win for both parties. This immediately explains why the number of collaborations between startups and traditional businesses increases every year.
Here are 5 reasons why you, as a startup, should collaborate with traditional businesses.