[Showcase Session] Startup Relationships/Projects Management

Olaf Maltha, Sebastian Voigt and Michael Goldstein

Chief Product Officer at Scoutely / Partner & Managing Director at hy technologies / Founder at SwitchPitch

as recorded on 18 February 2022 as part of Innov8rs Connect on Startup Collaboration & Ecosystem Engagement

To get the best possible outcomes from your open innovation efforts, you need to put in place processes that sustainable and scalable. It's crucial to make decisions based on the right information, as well as to keep stakeholders aligned on what's happening, effectively. For that, most innovation teams have move or are moving beyond using Excel sheets, to a new generation of tools specifically designed for supporting open innovation efforts.

In this Showcase Session, we heard different perspectives about "Startup Relationships/Projects Management in 2022", and we enjoyed a brief and informal pitch/demo from solution providers Scoutely, hy ecosystem manager and SwitchPitch.

About the speaker

Dr. Sebastian Voigt is Partner at hy and Managing Director of hy’s tech and software unit hy Technologies, which is developing the Ecosystem Manager. He studied Business Administration and Computer Science and completed his PhD at the TU Darmstadt on monetization strategies for digital marketplaces. Sebastian has been developing profitable digital business models for more than 15 years. He worked as Director for Simon-Kucher & Partners, an international consultancy, and led the strategic project teams as well as the pricing unit at Axel Springer. He also held operative leadership positions at Bertelsmann and ProSiebenSat1.

As a startup founder and seed investor, Michael has experienced business development from many perspectives. It’s never easy, especially for startups – wrong time, wrong product, wrong contact, wrong price, etc. His current business, SwitchPitch, is a platform that helps enterprises and startups do business together. The platform consists of a database of 200k+ startups, enabling large companies to easily identify relevant startup partners, and track startup relationships.
Prior to SwitchPitch, Michael’s experience has centered around consumer-facing, online, transactional businesses - Magazine-of-the-Month sold to Magazines.com (Meredith Corporation NYSE: MDP), DealPal sold to Zeta Global (NYSE: ZETA) - but is as broad as selling cinder blocks to university students for extra storage space.
Michael currently serves on the Entrepreneurs Organization's DC Board as Chair of EO's Global Student Entrepreneur Award (GSEA) competition.

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