The best and latest on open innovation.

We're pleased to team up with Europe's leading tech festival, The Next Web conference, hosting Innov8rs Amsterdam as their official corporate innovation side-event on 14 June 2023, the day before TNW Conference.

How to increase the impact of our open innovation efforts?

In most companies, open innovation is one of the main instruments used for realizing their innovation strategy. By collaborating with startups and engaging in external ecosystems, we are able to address challenges and unlock and explore opportunities in ways we couldn't ourselves.

The potential for discovering new technologies and use cases, reaching new markets with new products, services and business models, and even changing ways of working internally, is huge- but in most cases, there's no immediate impact, and there are many obstacles to overcome. So, how can we increase the impact of our open innovation efforts?

In this 1-day event we'll answer questions like

✅ What are the most effective approaches for open innovation, also given today's economic climate?
✅ How to find, source and select the right startups, making decisions based on data and not for the fear of missing out?
✅ How to measure the impact of startup collaborations, partnerships and investments?

This is not just another conference, where you'll be forced to listen to talking heads on stage all day long. At Innov8rs conferences, you'll actively engage and actually learn, so you'll leave with actionable insights to implement.


Work with the best.

A first overview of innovation leaders and experts confirmed. More coming soon... stay tuned!

The agenda.

Get a glimpse of what your day will look like... We'll add confirmed sessions shortly. And no worries, you'll get a detailed agenda and instructions for RSVPing of the sessions of your choice prior to the event.

13:00 - 14:15

Trending Topic Talks

Hear from subject matter experts what's working now and what's coming next across industries.

14 June 2023, 13:00 - 14:15 CEST

Open Innovation Models for the Future: Emerging Trends from Corporate Startup Stars

Alberto Onetti | Chairman at Mind the Bridge
14 June 2023, 13:00 - 14:15 CEST

Navigating the Startup Ecosystem: A Scouting Expedition

Ana Vazquez Romero | Head of Research at TNW
14 June 2023, 13:00 - 14:15 CEST

Open Innovation Impact – Scale Your Discoveries

Frank Mattes | Founder & CEO at Lean Scaleup

14:15 - 15:30


Roll up your sleeves and get to work in these interactive sessions focused mostly on application and implementation. You pick the sessions covering the topic you're keen to dive into.

14 June 2023, 14:15 - 15:30 CEST

Open Innovation Impact – Use the Lean Scaleup Framework

Frank Mattes | Founder & CEO at Lean Scaleup
14 June 2023, 14:15 - 15:30 CEST

Challenge Driven Innovation®: Supercharged Innovation at Scale Starts with Solving the Right Problem

Simon Hill | CEO & Co-Founder at Wazoku
14 June 2023, 14:15 - 15:30 CEST

Open Innovation Governance/ Metrics

Esther Gons | Founder & Co-Author of the Corporate Startup and Innovation Accounting at GroundControl
14 June 2023, 14:15 - 15:30 CEST

Open Innovation - A Safe Space For A Radically Honest Conversation

Adam Berk | Startup Adviser & Innovation Expert at Startup Program Design Book
14 June 2023, 14:15 - 15:30 CEST

From Brief to Unicorn: How to Dig Deep into Customer Pain

Dennis List & Matthieu Bodin | Senior Venture Builder at Mach49 | Venture Builder at Mach49

16:00 - 17:30

Innovators Insights

Hear from and discuss with cross-industry innovation leaders about their approach and lessons learned, so you can check how you are doing and what you could consider doing differently.

14 June 2023, 16:00 - 17:30 CEST

Seizing the Corporate's Unfair Advantage

Willem Schüngel | Head of Venture Exploration & Development at Nationale Nederlanden Group
14 June 2023, 16:00 - 17:30 CEST

Accelerating the Energy Transition by Leveraging Ecosystem Development & Open Innovation – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Pieter Paul van Oerle, Ana Casaca, Ricardo Marvão, Tomas Moreno & Ferry Winter | Co-founder at Rethinking Energy | Global Head of Innovation at Galp | Ecosystem Builder at Beta-i | Head of Innovation Ecosystem at EDP | Director Energy Transition Campus Amsterdam at Shell
14 June 2023, 16:00 - 17:30 CEST

David and or Goliath​ - The Secret of Successful Collaboration Between Startups and Big Corporations​

Laura Fischmann | Senior Innovation Manager - Group Strategy & Innovation at Zurich Insurance Group
14 June 2023, 16:00 - 17:30 CEST

Playing the Open Innovation Game

Max Kranendijk | Lead Open Innovation at Rabobank
14 June 2023, 16:00 - 17:30 CEST

Aligning With Strategy and Stakeholders for Success

Marie-Jose Van den Boomgaard, Adriana Truong & Tim Kidd | Liaison Manager Startups & Scaleups at KPN | Global Head of Strategic Partnerships | Senior Open Innovation Account Manager at Stahl
14 June 2023, 16:00 - 17:30 CEST

Nurturing Your Future Clients and Their Ecosystem: A Path to Sustainable Growth

Lior Noy | Head of Startups and Strategic Partnerships at Google
14 June 2023, 16:00 - 17:30 CEST

Open We-nnovation: Bringing the Organization Along the Ride

Shruti George | Vice President, Strategic Innovation Platforms at Avery Dennison
14 June 2023, 16:00 - 17:30 CEST

Innovation Secrets: It's All About the Process

David Schwartz | VP Tech Venturing & Innovation at PepsiCo
14 June 2023, 16:00 - 17:30 CEST

From Titans to Partners: Embracing the Startup Renaissance

Pinar Köse Kulacz | Executive Director, Innovation at Arçelik Global
14 June 2023, 16:00 - 17:30 CEST

Open Innovation at P&G - Lessons Learned (plus: 10 commandments for new Open Innovation Managers)

Orr Hameiri | Global Tech Innovation Director at Procter & Gamble
14 June 2023, 16:00 - 17:30 CEST

A Balancing Act: Driving Value for the Mothership, the Portfolio Company, and the Ecosystem Simultaneously

Sarah Landsted | Operating Partner at Maersk Growth
14 June 2023, 16:00 - 17:30 CEST

Orchestrating Innovation in the Aviation Industry

Jan Zekveld & Arno Nijhof | Head of Innovation at Royal Schiphol Group | Director at TNW Programs
14 June 2023, 16:00 - 17:30 CEST

Impact Nation - Scaling Sustainable Innovation for Banking Clients

Julia van Boven | Lead Impact Nation at ABN AMRO Bank


Food & Drinks

After the sessions is when the real talk starts typically... Join for food, drinks and fun and mingle with other participants.

Why join?

Gain insights on trending topics and cross-industry best practices from (inter)national thought leaders.

Benchmark your approach and performance with innovators from other companies, sharing their successes, failures and everything in between.

Work on your actual challenges, guided by experts and learning from peers.

Meet with international and local movers and shakers and seeing innovation in action.

Leave with an updated toolbox to implement for immediate impact once back in the office.

Feel refreshed and re-energized, having met so many other inspiring innovators, committed to making things happen at your organization.

"What a great event! I learned as much from the attendees as I did from the speakers and hardly ever do speakers stay around to network after their session. I'm amazed by the format, how open, honest and authentic it was. You rarely ever get that with these types of events - well done!"

"This conference was the best in terms of content- carefully curated and very complimentary."

"It was the most useful conference/event that I’ve ever been to. I walked out of every single session having learned something useful."

"What a conference! It's now the 3rd time that I am attending an Innov8rs conference and as usual I have been amazed by the insights, the learning, the energy in the room and the amazing people I have met!"

Get your team up to speed.

Regardless of where you are on your innovation journey, and no matter what industry you're in, we've got you covered.

At Innov8rs Amsterdam you'll dive into the most important open innovation trends and topics crucial for innovators across industries.

With more than 20 sessions in different tracks on the agenda, you'll pick the sessions that are most relevant and interesting to you.

Besides the live sessions, you will get access to content and community online before, during and after the conference, to support with implementation once you're back in the office.

Find it hard to choose from all those value-packed sessions on the schedule?

Bring your team to gather insights from all speakers and sessions, and work with experts in dedicated 1:1 sessions to maximize outcomes.

As a team, you can focus on one key topic and get to the bottom of it. Or, you can divide and conquer to catch the best and latest on all key themes and trends. Our team packages get you a great deal on tickets- but even greater outcomes.

With so many issues to tackle and so much change happening so fast, you will benefit from your team  joining too.


"Innov8rs is unlike any conference. It’s the only place were corporate innovators and intrapreneurs get vulnerable and real about the challenges facing disruptors today and work together on creating breakthrough opportunities. I try to attend as many as possible. This is my tribe of lifelong learners and do-ers."

"I am blown away with learnings, reflections and new insights. Such an amazing crowd with a true sharing mentality. I have gathered so many cases for best practice on how to run innovation, how to measure it, how to fuel itrapreneurship etc. Further, most people I have met are really down to earth, pragmatic and no-bulshit kind of people that are creating real impact in the companies they work for."

"Connecting with so many other innovation professionals acted as a shot of adrenaline reigniting my drive to transform our organization. Sometimes working at the front-end of innovation can be a lonely place, especially in a large 100-year-old company. Last week was a refreshing reminder that we're not alone."

Loved by participants, trusted by brands.

We're bringing together innovators since 2011. We've hosted more than 30 conferences in global innovation hubs from San Francisco to Stockholm to Shanghai to Singapore to Sydney.

Beyond the high-quality sessions and diversity of speakers, past participants valued most meeting people in jobs like them, for countless and endless conversations. Many stay connected long after the conference, always just a phone call away.

You'll meet cross-industry corporate innovators of all trades, all chasing similar objectives and facing similar challenges, across companies and industries:

  • Chief Innovation Officers, VP's of Innovation, Innovation Leaders
  • Intrapreneurs or Corporate Entrepreneurs
  • Innovation (program) Directors
  • Heads of Labs, Incubators and Accelerators
  • Corporate Venturing, Strategy and Corporate Development Managers
  • R&D and Product Development Professionals
  • HR and Organizational Transformation Leaders

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You'll connect, collaborate and co-create with peers. That's how we design the event. That's why we limit the number of participants. And past participants loved it.

Here's what your peers said about their experience.

"That was a terrific event! Thank you for all of your hard work organizing + curating a terrific group of people to attend. I just kept having great conversations over both days."

"All the sessions I participated in were amazing. Honestly, it’s very rare to attend a conference with so much enthusiasm and also the fact that it’s truly peer 2 peer."

"Hands down the best conference I’ve had the luxury of attending. I have so many more great people in my world now and have a brain bursting with new ideas and concepts to explore."

Secure Your Seat

If you have innovation in your title, this is your tribe. Join Innov8rs Amsterdam for in-depth conversations, relevant connections and quality content.

What's included?

• Join 20+ sessions with experts and innovation leaders, in plenary and breakouts, covering everything open innovation A-Z
Access to session recordings and additional resources for three months
Engage with other participants via our online platform before, during and after the conference
Connect and network with other participants in social events before, during and after the conference

Special offer

included in your pass for Innov8rs Amsterdam is a FREE ticket for The Next Web conference (15-16 June) valued at €999

Individual Pass


Last Call discount until 9 June EOD


for 1 seat


Team Pass - 3 Seats


Last Call discount until 9 June EOD


for 3 seats


Team Pass - 5 Seats


Last Call discount until 9 June EOD


for 5 seats


The options above are available for corporate innovation leaders and professionals only.

We are not offering seats to consultants, coaches, software firms or otherwise service providers. Only Expert Partners and members of Innov8rs Community with an Expert Pass are eligible to join this Conference. 

Are you a member of Innov8rs Community already?

As a member, you can register for this conference at a members-only discount. Log in to the community platform or ask your Community Lead Gabby for further info and instructions.

Need some help?

If you'd like to understand better how participating in Innov8rs Amsterdam would support you and your team in achieving your objectives, or if you have questions about registration, start a chat via the blue button bottom right or email

Venue Information

The conference is hosted at TNW West, a new tech hub located in one of Amsterdam’s greenest neighborhoods, with proximity to Vondelpark, Rembrandtpark, and Sloterplas.

Further information and instructions re the venue and other logistics will be sent to you after registration.

If you have any questions, just open a chat via the blue button bottom right and we'll get back to you asap.