Lessons Learned - Avoiding Pitfalls in Strategic Partnering & Open Innovation

Kevin Ye

Partner Corporate Investing at Mach49

as recorded on 24 February 2021 as part of Innov8rs Connect on Foresight, Ecosystem Engagement and Startup Collaboration

The ability to provide strategic value is what differentiates corporate innovators from other players in the ecosystem. But being able to execute rapidly and effectively on those partnerships can be challenging, especially for emerging teams.

Learn how to advance your partnership and open innovation goals with startups the right way by discussing what NOT to do (and hear about solutions and best practices for common innovation hurdles).

About the speaker

Kevin helps global enterprises more effectively engage the rapidly changing ecosystem within venture. As a Partner in Mach49’s DOI practice, he acts as a trusted advisor for corporates looking to improve their external venturing activities (scouting, partnering, investing, acquiring), guiding them each step of the way to more optimal outcomes.

His work and experience span the entire venturing lifecycle, all the way from the design and standup of new venture processes and structures to deal scouting, negotiation, and closing. He currently acts as a senior advisor for multiple CVC and strategic partnering arms, including Goodyear Ventures, TDK Ventures, Hypertherm Ventures, Btomorrow Ventures, etc.

In previous roles, he established himself as the lead venture advisor for a number of enterprises, including the Arizona Commerce Authority, Barrick Gold, DeNA, Southwest Airlines, and UPS Ventures. Kevin holds a degree in Bioengineering from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, and a degree in Corporate Finance from The Wharton School.

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