THNK continues to partner with leading global organizations to highlight innovative growth opportunities. We work alongside leaders from within corporate, government-sector and non-profit organizations who share our innovation drive, societal mission and values.



Partnership Models


Partners work with us in a number of ways to create a lasting impact on individual leaders, teams and organizational culture:


Creative Challenges

Open innovation programs with the THNK participants around future-oriented topics that provide an opportunity for breakthrough innovation.


Corporate Innovation Programs

For teams within your organization, combining “learning by doing” with solving real business challenges focussed on capability building, new business development and cultural development.


Creative Leadership Programs

For individual leaders to master the process of breakthrough innovation.



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Aegon N.V. is a multinational life insurance, pensions and asset management company headquartered in The Hague, Netherlands. At the end of 2014, Aegon companies employed approximately 28,000 people worldwide, serving millions of customers.


The AES Corporation is a Fortune 200 company that generates and distributes electrical power. AES is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, and is one of the world’s leading power companies, generating and distributing electric power in 27 countries and employing 27,000 people worldwide.


Alliander operates energy networks which distribute gas and electricity to large parts of the Netherlands. With our work we facilitate businesses, homes, transport and recreation.


ASICS is one of the top 5 companies in the world when it comes to sport products and accessories. The name ASICS is an acronym for ‘anima sana in corpore sano’ which is Latin for ‘a healthy mind in a healthy body’.

Bernard van Leer Foundation

The Bernard van Leer Foundation is a private grant-making foundation. The foundation was founded in 1949 and is based in the Netherlands. Their mission is to improve opportunities for children up to age 8 who are growing up in socially and economically difficult circumstances.

Established in 1996, is the world leader in booking accommodations online. Each day, over 800.000 room nights are reserved on, which attracts visitors from both the leisure and business sectors worldwide. The company is based in Amsterdam, and has 155 offices in over 60 countries around the world to support its headquarter.

Berkeley Haas School of Business

The school is situated in three connected buildings surrounding a central courtyard on the southeastern corner of the Berkeley campus. The final design of architect Charles Moore, the mini-campus was completed in 1995. It consistently ranks as one of the top ten business schools in worldwide rankings published by The Economist, Financial Times, US News & World Report, and Bloomberg Businessweek.


Since releasing their first network router in the 1990s, Cisco has been the unparalleled leader in connecting the unconnected. Their networking services, analytics, and architectures have transformed organizations and entire industries, and their innovations continue to impact the ways in which we live, work, and play.

The Carbon War Room

The Carbon War Room accelerates the adoption of business solutions that reduce carbon emissions at large scale and advance the low-carbon economy.


Founded by William Welch in 1845, Deloitte has grown to become an international network with 200.000 employees in 150 countries. Deloitte is one of the largest companies offering professional services in accountancy, tax advice, consultancy, risk management and financial services.

DOEN Foundation

DOEN Foundation supports people and organizations that want to use their initiatives to contribute to a green, social, and creative society. Every year, DOEN supports over 200 initiatives.

City of Amsterdam

Cities are increasingly the cornerstones of our world and very few have figured out how best to harness their strengths and tackle their weaknesses. Through THNK Challenges, participants will work with the City of Amsterdam to create a strategy and actionable solutions for Mayer Eberhard van der Laan to take Amsterdam into the future.


Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. is a Chinese multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and services company headquartered in Shenzhen, Guangdong. It is the largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer in the world, having overtaken Ericsson in 2012.


ING is a global financial institution of Dutch origin, offering banking, investment, life insurance and retirement services. They draw on their experience and expertise to meet the needs of a broad customer base, comprising individuals, families, small businesses, large corporations, institutions and governments.

Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson is an American multinational medical devices, pharmaceutical and consumer packaged goods manufacturer founded in 1886. Its common stock is a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the company is listed among the Fortune 500.


Founded in 1897, Kempinski is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group. From historic buildings to the most avant-garde of modern architecture, the Kempinski properties are the setting for some of life’s greatest moments. They are committed to providing their guests with memorable journeys inspired by exquisite European flair.


KLM Royal Dutch Airlines was founded in 1919 to serve the Netherlands and its colonies. Today, KLM is the oldest airline still operating under its original name. KLM, together with Air France, is at the forefront of the European airline industry.

LEGO Foundation

The LEGO Foundation is a Danish corporate foundation. The LEGO Foundation strives to a world where learning through play empowers children to become creative, engaged, and life-long learners. Their work is about challenging the status quo by re-defining play and re-imagining learning.

McKinsey & Company

McKinsey & Company is a global management consulting firm that serves leading businesses, governments, non governmental organizations, and not-for-profits. They strive to build a relationship of trust with every client, for the long-term. They realize this by consistently putting the client’s interest ahead of the firm’s.

mediaX at Stanford University

Industry affiliate program of Stanford’s H-STAR Institute. They help our members explore how the thoughtful use of technology can impact a range of fields, from entertainment to learning to commerce. They are researching innovative ways for people to collaborate, communicate, and interact with the information, products, and industries of tomorrow. They explore the use of information technology to improve the human experience.


Naspers is a broad-based multinational internet and media group, offering services in more than 130 countries. Its principal operations are in ecommerce (i.e. classifieds, online retail, marketplaces, online comparison shopping, payments and online services), video entertainment and print. With a market capitalisation of over $66 billion it is the largest company in Africa and the 7th largest Internet company in the world.


Nationale-Nederlanden is one of the largest insurance companies in the Netherlands.

Ministry of Economic Affairs

The Ministry of Economic Affairs promotes the Netherlands as a country of enterprise with a strong international competitive position and an eye for sustainability. It is committed to creating an excellent entrepreneurial business climate.


Royal Philips of the Netherlands is a diversified technology company, focused on improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. Philips was founded in 1914, and continues to demonstrate their innovation capacity.

Port of Rotterdam

The Port of Rotterdam is the largest port in Europe, located in the city of Rotterdam, Netherlands. From 1962 until 2004 it was the world’s busiest port, now overtaken first by Singapore and then Shanghai. In 2011, Rotterdam was the world’s eleventh-largest container port in terms of twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) handled (2009: tenth; 2008: ninth, 2006: sixth). In 2012 Rotterdam was the world’s sixth-largest port in terms of annual cargo tonnage.

Province of Noord-Holland

The Province of Noord-Holland is the home to 51 municipalities, 2,6 million inhabitants, 188,000 national and 2,800 international businesses, two universities, Schiphol, three sea harbors, many well-known touristic attractions, and a rich cultural life.


Rogers Communications is a diversified public Canadian communications and media company. It operates particularly in the field of wireless communications, cable television, telephone, and Internet connectivity with significant additional telecommunications and mass media assets. The company is headquartered in Toronto, Ontario.


Royal Dutch Shell is a multinational oil and gas company headquartered in The Hague, the Netherlands. They employ more than 92.000 people in over 70 countries and territories.


SHV Holdings is a privately owned Dutch trading company, regarded as one of the world’s largest private trading groups. SHV is a highly diversified company, with interests in transport, retail, oil, food and financial services. It currently employs around 47’000 people.


Vodafone made its first mobile call in the UK in 1985. Today, over 400 million customers around the world choose their services. As international leader in the telecom sector, Vodafone constantly looks for new, innovative ways to help their customers.

World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum (WEF) is a Swiss nonprofit foundation, based in Cologny, Geneva. Recognized by the Swiss authorities as the international institution for public-private cooperation, its mission is cited as “committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic, and other leaders of society to shape global, regional, and industry agendas”.