🤩 Welcome to Innov8rs Connect!

Here you'll find everything you need to engage in Innov8rs Connect on Strategy, Leadership & Organization, 21-23 September.

At our events, we want you to actually learn and do stuff. We have curated an agenda with 20+ interactive sessions for you to understand what’s working in other companies, benchmark your approach and performance and explore new approaches and develop new skills.

Where to go to find what you need:

  • Event Updates (the page you're currently): like the name suggests this is where we'll keep you updated on what's happening throughout the event.
  • Agenda: View the complete event agenda and RSVP for all sessions or for individual sessions.
  • Content: Access a selection of topical past session recordings and other resources - plus once the event is over, session recordings from the event itself. You'll have access to all content through 14 October.
  • Social + Discussions: Ask your questions, post your takeaways and share your viewpoints, so that others can support you and learn alongside you.

🚀 How to get most out of this event

We know- you are extremely busy. It does however pay off to take a step back to reflect and refocus, to be better positioned to get results.

So we suggest you choose at least 5-7 sessions to join live and block your calendar so you don't miss the relevant sessions for you.

Here’s how to get the most out of the Innov8rs Connect Event.

Any questions? Reach out to Kate via community@innov8rs.co


Check this event space regularly for the latest event information and to connect with your fellow participants.


RSVP for the live sessions of your choice to get them in your calendar. You'll find the complete agenda incl RSVP links here.


Connect with other innovators in the three Community Club sessions to discuss your favorite innovation topics and build connections that will last long after the event.


Host a Challenge Call to get advice or feedback from experts and peers on your most pressing question or challenge.


Discuss all things innovation. Ask your questions, share your goals and what you're learning, or start a thought-provoking dialogue.


Check the featured content on Strategy, Leadership & Organization from past events, plus session recordings from this event (access until 14 October).

👍 Thanks to our Expert Partners

Thanks to the following Expert Partners and Expert Participants for sharing their approaches, experience and tools with us. For any follow questions, feel free to reach out to them directly.

At edison365, we’re empowering many of the world’s most innovative organizations to build engaging, business-driven and proven processes that take their ideas from the drawing board onto the balance sheet. Easily crowdsource solutions, justify their implementation and gain a transparent view of your entire portfolio to generate measurable results to Make ideas pay.


Sopheon partners with customers to provide complete Enterprise Innovation Management (EIM) solutions including software, expertise, and best practices.


Lean Scaleup is the name of a unique and new framework to solve one of corporate innovation’s biggest problems: How to generate new businesses from innovation? The framework has been co-created with more than 20 industry leaders – from practitioners for practitioners.


🎁 Your virtual goodie bag

edison365 is the #1 Innovation and Delivery Platform built on Microsoft 365, for organizations that want a single end-to-end platform to enable their employees to innovate.

Want to test it out? In less than a week, you’ll be set up with a month FREE trial for up to 20 users via this link.

Learn how companies can align physical product, software and hardware innovation to enable a new generation of connected products, get the Smart Product Development Pocket Guide. Or, request a Smart Products discovery workshop with one of Sopheon's experts.

Built on best practices from 20+ leading
companies, the book Lean Scaleup shows you how succeed in creating new businesses from innovation

The first and only book on this topic covering the journey from idea to scale, leadership as well as culture and collaboration.

Download the first two chapters here

🗓 All Live Sessions on the agenda

21 September, 21:00 SGT/15:00 CEST/9am EDT

Community Club

Community Club
21 September, 22:00 SGT/16:00 CEST/10am EDT/7am PDT

The Lean Scaleup - The End-to-End View on Corporate Entrepreneurship

Frank Mattes | Founder & CEO at Innovation-3 and Author of Lean Scaleup
21 September, 17:00 CEST/11am EDT/8am PDT

Get To Next: The Breakthrough from Innovation to Activation

Andrea Kates | Managing Director at Futureproofing Next
21 September, 19:00 CEST/1pm EDT/10am PDT

Innovation & Strategy: Defining, Designing and Aligning

Deborah Hayek | Senior Product Owner at Manulife LoFT
21 September, 20:00 CEST/2pm EDT/11am PDT

Taking Strategy to Action to Unleash Your Innovation Potential

AJ Hidalgo, Chris Henderson & Jennifer Lindsey | Founder & CEO at Growthride | Global Senior Director of Digital Health at Smith + Nephew | Vice President, Global Marketing at Corbion
22 September, 18:00 SGT/12:00 CEST

An Open Conversation: Partnering With Your Leaders on Innovation

Lorraine Margherita | Catalyst for Change at Co-Dynamics
22 September, 19:00 SGT/13:00 CEST/7am EDT

Connecting to Strategy

Susie Braam & Sonja Kresojevic | Founder at Mulberry Retreats | Founder at Seedtime Collective
22 September, 20:00 SGT/14:00 CEST/8am EDT

Strategy Execution

HC Eppich | Business Development Director at Sopheon
22 September, 21:00 SGT/15:00 CEST/9am EDT

Forget Innovation Labs. You Need a Strategy Lab

Lysander Weiss | Partner at Venture Idea; PhD Candidate at HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management
22 September, 22:00 SGT/16:00 CEST/10am EDT/7am PDT

The Politics of Innovation

Rob Haines | Partner at Founders Intelligence
22 September, 17:00 CEST/11am EDT/8am PDT

Reinventing Innovation? Yes, It's Time

Nadya Zhexembayeva | Founder and Chief Reinvention Officer at The Reinvention Academy
22 September, 18:00 CEST/12pm EDT/9am PDT

Agility Needs Stability- What Companies Can Learn From James Bond, Taoism and Ambidexterity

Hans-Joachim Gergs | Organizational Development - Senior Consultant at Audi
22 September, 19:00 CEST/1pm EDT/10am PDT

How To Build An Innovation Capability That Lasts

Jeffrey Phillips | Senior Consultant
22 September, 20:00 CEST/2pm EDT/11am PDT

Community Club

Open for all event participants and community members
23 September, 18:00 SGT/12:00 CEST

Connecting the Dots From Strategy to Execution

Ivan Lloyd | CEO at edison365
23 September, 19:00 SGT/13:00 CEST/7am EDT

Building Confidence in Your Strategy

Jennifer Riel | Co-Managing Director at IDEO
23 September, 20:00 SGT/14:00 CEST/8am EDT

The Digital Transformer's Dilemma

Karolin Frankenberger | Professor of Strategy and Innovation at the University of St. Gallen
23 September, 21:00 SGT/15:00 CEST/9am EDT

Why Successful Innovation Strategies Always Start With People

Robert Toon | Innovation and Portfolio Management Consultant at edison365
23 September, 22:00 SGT/16:00 CEST/10am EDT/7am PDT

How To Build and Run an Internal Community of Practice

Miikka Leinonen, Sabrina Weymiens, Miki Ion & Suzanne Balima | Business Design Method Creator & Community Builder | Head of Commercial Innovation at Svitzer | Innovation Community manager at ING | Open Innovation at Vale
23 September, 17:00 CEST/11am EDT/8am PDT

Mitigating Not-invented-here and Not-sold-here Problems: The Role of Corporate Innovation Hubs

Marie Amann & Gabriel Granstrom | Management Consultant at PA Consulting | Programme Manager at The Knowledge Foundation
23 September, 18:00 CEST/12pm EDT/9am PDT

Leadership for the Digital Revolution

Ryan McManus | CEO at Techtonic, Managing Partner at Inflexhn Partners, Lecturer and Board Director
23 September 19:00 CEST/1pm EDT/10am PDT

The Innovation Leadership Map

Brett Macfarlane | Founder at Innovation Leadership Map
23 September, 20:00 CEST/2pm EDT/11am PDT

Community Club

Open for all event participants and community members

👋 Say hi to your moderators

Hannah Keartland

Consultant at Keartland & Co

Hannah helps successful CEOs know what steps to take to build a business that is environmentally and socially responsible, drawing on director-level experience in both innovation and finance & operations, as well as over 15 years of working in charities and for-purpose businesses.

Frank Mattes

Founder & CEO at Innovation-3 and Author of Lean Scaleup

Frank Mattes is an expert in corporate business-building, advisor to Corporate Innovation and Corporate Venturing, and author of two books on taking corporate innovation ideas to scale.

Rocky Ozaki

Founder & CEO at NoW of Work Inc.

Rocky is the Founder of the NoW of Work; a business transformation firm that helps build naturally innovative and agile teams that are capable of thriving in our exponential times. The Future is NoW...are you ready?

Thomas Knoll

Entrepreneur, Founder & CEO at The Innovators CoLab

Thomas helps corporate innovation teams and enterprises create the structures, organizations, and processes that allow large organizations to make innovation a reliable, repeatable, and dependable practice.

Gayathri Gopal

Innovation Consultant at Board of Innovation

Gayathri Gopal is an innovation consultant with the Board of Innovation, who is focused on helping companies and teams develop new businesses, growth strategies and buld innovation capabilities.

Maarten Korz

Corporate Innovation and Ecosystem Builder at Korz Innovation

Maarten Korz is a senior corporate innovator and ecosystem developer with 22 years of experience in designing and implementing digital and innovative solutions and processes.

Lorraine Margherita

Catalyst for Change at Co-Dynamics

Lorraine Margherita is a consultant in collective dynamics: her role is to remove the barrier between decisions and actions, using collaborative methods.

Maurice Fierloos

Growth & Innovation Lead at RevelX

Enthusiastic Growth & Innovation Lead that likes to innovate & digital transform corporates with a startup mindset. Specialized in managing innovation programs and deliver tangible business results with a good dose of energy & creativity

Olga Bykova

Senior Innovation consultant & Business Lead at Board of Innovation

Olga Bykova is helping the largest healthcare & life sciences organizations uncover opportunities for growth and get products to market faster. She started her innovation journey at the Walt Disney Company, leading Strategic Foresight teams and specialized in Digital Transformation while getting her MBA at HEC Paris.

Wim Vandenhouweele

Independent Coach for Corporate Innovation Leaders, Especially in Pharma/healthcare

Wim worked for 35 years in Big Pharma, with Merck (called MSD outside the US), of which 5 years as global innovation leader. He leads a network of over 50 local and regional innovation leaders.

Alex Pesjak

Transformation and Innovation Guide

Alex has 20+ years of international brand leadership and innovation management experience in strategic and operational roles in global FMCG companies (Coca-Cola, Kraft) and 10+ experience as an independent consultant.

Oana-Maria Pop

Head of Open Innovation at HYPE

As Head of Open Innovation at HYPE Oana-Maria specializes in the science and practice of building durable intra- and inter-firm relationships and collaboration

Lysander Weiss

Partner at Venture Idea

As partner at the award-winning management consultancy Venture Idea, doctoral candidate at the leading German business school HHL, bestselling author, lecturer and keynote speaker, Lysander Weiss offers forward-thinking research and advisory for strategic renewal in established companies.