Big companies need constant innovation to stay competitive and the most disruptive ideas tend to come from the startup ecosystem. However they go about it about tapping into innovation — through corporate venture capital, company-backed accelerators or other ways — it needs smart management and vision to get the best out of the investment and ensure startups benefit from corporate clout.
Our first Tech.Eu Summit is happening in just two weeks and we're excited to put a ton of questions on corporate innovation to the best in the business.
Lode Uytterschaut, founder of Start it @KBC, Luisa Rubio Arribas Head of Telefonica’s Wayra X, and Nicolas Verschelden, global innovation director at AB InBev will be on the spot to talk about what it takes to make corporate innovation really rock, tips on supporting startups, and the best practices we should all know about.
Lode pitched his idea for an accelerator to banking giant KBC in 2012, and Start it@KBC launched a year later. Now Belgium’s biggest accelerator, it has backed 1000+ startups, and mushroomed to include mentors, partners, incubators, VCs, and corporates partners, with hubs in Belgium, Prague, New York, Gyor and Budapest.
Nicolas has years of driving innovation under his belt. His role at AB InBev's Global Innovation Ecosystems involves being the point person in a worldwide network of innovation hubs developing new drinks, materials and processes for the beverage giant. Before that, he lead the company's Dream Tech Alliance, a platform that helps corporates innovate with and invest in European startups.
Luisa will be fielding our questions on corporate venture capital, open innovation, entrepreneurship drawn from her role at Telefonica's Wayra X, which makes seed and early-stage investments in digital startups. With Wayra hubs in nine countries, and experience working in Spain and the US, Luisa is the woman to ask about how corporate venture can really bring results.