Pepsico: from potato chips manufacturer to innovation incubator

PepsiCo isn’t really a brand name you will naturally associate with the word ‘innovation’. One may be wrong though.

PepsiCo UK, the company behind famous CPG brands such as Gatorade, 7up or Walkers may not be a high-tech giant as such but it has a knack for joint innovation anyway.

Pepsico: from potato chips manufacturer to innovation incubator

Pepsico: from potato chips manufacturer to innovation incubator

The company indeed created an innovation challenge entitled PepsiCo10, the aim of which is to reward 10 digital entrepreneurs in the fields of social commerce and mobile technologies out of 130 applicants.

The challenge gives these 10 startups a unique opportunity to boost their businesses as well as “drive business value for PepsiCo”.

The challenge is about creating social commerce or mobile applications related to PepsiCo products; each of these 10 business ventures will be granted the status of a “strategic business partner, working closely with [PespsiCo] teams, internally and externally”.

Winners will also be awarded £10,000 in cash but PepsiCo will take no equity in those businesses.

It’s such a clever idea, one wonders why a high tech giant hasn’t yet thought about it! While launching this programme in Europe (after last year’s successful creation of the US contest), PepsiCo is promoting itself as an “innovation incubator”.

There are 5 suggested categories in this challenge:

  1. Social Media Community-based Marketing,
  2. Mobile Marketing: On the Phone, Tablets and Beyond,
  3. Place-based Technology,
  4. Online Video and Advertising,
  5. Gaming / Learning Platforms.

Partners of this campaign include high tech experts from OMD UK, Highland Capital Partners, Wired and Mashable.

Last but not least, through this challenge, PepsiCo will be saving on the development of innovative technologies which will help them promote their own brands … a win-win challenge and a clever marketing trick!

More information about the 10 selected start-ups at

Yann Gourvennec

Yann Gourvennec created in 1996. He is a speaker and author of 6 books. In 2014 he went from intrapreneur to entrepreneur, when he created his digital marketing agency. ———————————————————— Yann Gourvennec a créé en 1996. Il est conférencier et auteur de 6 livres. En 2014, il est passé d'intrapreneur à entrepreneur en créant son agence de marketing numérique.

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