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Time to connect.

During this seventh event in the Innov8rs Connect 2021/2022 series, we’ll focus on the "people side" of corporate innovation.

Here’s a summary of the many themes and questions we’ll be addressing in the live sessions, and through the selected content items.

What makes for high-performing innovation teams?

What's the best profile for the different innovation roles, and how to find and retain top talent?

How do we best collaborate with other functions and the business?

How can we change culture and build capabilities to enable innovation company-wide, beyond our innovation teams?

If you are working on and interested in themes and questions like this, join 350+ other cross-industry innovation leaders and professionals for 25+ in-depth conversations and interactive sessions.


Bring your team. Boost your impact.

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.

With our team packages you get 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.


Not your typical event: you'll learn and do stuff.

Forget pointless powerpoints. You’ll roll up your sleeves, and work with peers and experts in interactive small group sessions. And no theoretic blabla: you'll focus on whatever is most important to you.

Whatever your challenges are, and regardless of industry and innovation maturity, you'll leave with new, practical insights and an upgraded toolbox, to implement right away.

Live Sessions

In the main week of the event, you can choose to join a diverse range of 25+ interactive small group sessions and peer circles as they happen. You can also host your own sessions to ask for feedback or share your approach.


For four weeks per event, starting one week prior to the main week and ending two weeks after, you'll have access to a selection of topical past session recordings and other resources plus of course once the event is over, session recordings from the event itself.


You can easily tap into the expertise and experiences of peers and experts, available to share their knowledge and provide guidance. Ask a question, share your experience and discuss topics- all available 24/7, so you can engage whenever you want.

You’re busy, of course. You let us know what your questions and challenges are, and based on that you'll get a personalized schedule highlighting sessions and content most relevant for you (so you can invest your time wisely).


Live Sessions

In the event's main week you can join 25+ interactive small group sessions. Talks, workshops and roundtables- all covering what you need to know and do now to further improve your innovation outcomes.

Check the first speakers currently confirmed below... More soon!

You'll get further details and instructions to RSVP after registration.

15 March, 21:00 SGT/14:00 CET/9am EDT

Community Club

Kate McIver & Hans Balmaekers | Innov8rs Team
15 March, 22:00 SGT/15:00 CET/10am EDT/7am PDT

The Other 'F' Word: How Smart Leaders, Teams and Entrepreneurs Put Failure to Work

Mark Coopersmith | Faculty Director, Senior Fellow and Lecturer, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, UC Berkeley, Author: The Other “F” Word; How Smart, Leaders, Teams, and Entrepreneurs Put Failure to Work
15 March, 16:00 CET/11am EDT/8am PDT

Driving Culture Change by Shaping Day-to-Day Behaviors

Natalie Painchaud, Jessica Schneck, Justin Kaster & Helen Gordon | Director of Learning at Innosight | Director of Surgical Research & Development at Hologic | Growth Strategist and Business Designer at General Mills | Senior Director, Global Culture Enablement & Enabling Capabilities at Johnson & Johnson
15 March, 17:00 CET/12pm EDT/9am PDT

Courageous Cultures: How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers and Customer Advocates

Karin Hurt & David Dye | Co-authors of Courageous Cultures and co-founders of Let's Grow Leaders
15 March, 18:00 CET/1pm EDT/10am PDT

Ideas Aren’t Enough. What is Your Innovation ROI?

Suzan Briganti & Mary Ann Bianco | CEO and Founder at Swarm Vision | Customer Experience & High Growth SaaS Leader
15 March, 19:00 CET/2pm EDT/11am PDT

The Mindsets Needed for High-Performance Teams

Viv Goldstein | VP, Organizational & Executive Development at Bionic, part of Accenture Interactive
15 March, 20:00 CET/3pm EDT/12pm PDT

Wayfinding Bootcamp: Equip Your Team to Navigate Uncertain Transitions

Joan Ball | Associate Professor at St. John’s University
15 March, 21:00 CET/4pm EDT/1pm PDT

Remote, Not Distant: Build a Strong Culture to Thrive in a Hybrid Workplace

Gustavo Razzetti | CEO at Fearless Culture
16 March, 17:00 SGT/10:00 CET

Character Inc - Why Effective Innovators Thrive

Paul Steenkamp | Founder & CEO of Kandoo and author of The Character Dividend: The Hidden DNA of Successful Corporate Innovation
16 March, 20:00 SGT/13:00 CET/8am EDT

How Gamification Can Help to Foster Innovation, Online or in Person?

Philippe Delespesse | CEO & Founder at Inteligencia Creativa & Binnakle Innovation Games
16 March, 20:00 SGT/13:00 CET/8am EDT

Can You Train Your Innovation Skills?

Peter Daels | Managing Director at innduce.me
16 March, 21:00 SGT/14:00 CET/9am EDT

How KICKBOX Facilitates Cultural Change at Roche

Dave Hengartner, Jeremy Martin & Pawel Skarul | CEO & Co-Founder at rready | Innovation Kickbox Program Manager at Roche | Innovation Community Manager at Roche
16 March, 22:00 SGT/15:00 CET/10am EDT/7am PDT

People Power: How to Drive Successful Innovation Outside Your Team

Jack Selman | Head of Operations & Delivery at edison365
16 March, 16:00 CET/11am EDT/8am PDT

Measuring Innovation Culture

Cris Beswick & Dan Toma | Co-founder of OUTCOME / Co-author of The Corporate Startup & Innovation Accounting
16 March, 17:00 CET/12pm EDT/9am PDT

How to Foster a Culture of Innovation and Increase Employee Engagement Using Innovation Challenges

Coby Skonord | Co-founder & CEO at Ideawake
16 March, 18:00 CET/1pm EDT/10am PDT

Innovation is a Team Sport - How to Design High Performing Innovation Teams

Suzan Briganti | Founder & CEO at Swarm Vision
16 March, 19:00 CET/2pm EDT/11am PDT

Innovation as an Emerging Profession?

Gina O'Connor & Peter Robbins | Professor of Innovation Management at Babson College / Assistant Professor Innovation & Entrepreneurship at DCU Business School
16 March, 20:00 CET/3pm EDT/12pm PDT

Community Club

Kate McIver & Hans Balmaekers | Innov8rs Team
17 March, 18:00 SGT/11:00 CET

Attracting Entrepreneurial Talent for New Ventures

Colin Allison, Michael Pareles & Christiaan Ballard | Associate Partner at Rainmaking | Open Innovation Lead, Asia Pacific at Bayer Crop Science | Head of Talent at Menyala
17 March, 19:00 SGT/12:00 CET/7am EDT

Delivering Innovation and Change using Amazon Leadership Principles and Working Backwards

Felipe Daguila | Head of Customer Solution Management ASEAN at AWS
17 March, 20:00 SGT/13:00 CET/8am EDT

How do Innovation Managers Use Gamification in their Innovation Projects

Philippe Delespesse, Marc Soriano & José Luis Martinez Garay | CEO & Founder at Inteligencia Creativa & Binnakle Innovation Games | Head of R&D Project and Portfolio Management Almirall | Formerly Head of Communication and Marketing Services Nestlé and Business Executive Officer Food Business Nestlé Spain
17 March, 21:00 SGT/14:00 CET/9am EDT

Panel - How to Effectively Engage Other Functions in Innovation

Daniele Dondi, Holly Cummins & Vali Maria Bluma | CoE Lead Business Design Operations at ING Neo | Innovation Leader IBM Corporate Strategy at IBM | Transformation Office Lead Operations Excellence at Evonik
17 March, 22:00 SGT/15:00 CET/10am EDT/7am PDT

Panel - What Makes for Effective Innovation Teams?

Selen Mussi, Layal Baaklini & Eleftheria Karyoti | Specialized Nutrition Innovation Pipeline Director at Danone | Global Disruptive Innovation Director - Next gen Idea Lab Director at Bacardi | Innovation coach - co-Team Lead Innovation Acceleration at Rabobank
17 March, 16:00 CET/11am EDT/8am PDT

Building New Business From Innovation: Get the Culture Piece Right

Frank Mattes, Hilton Barbour, Tracey Cooke & David Brear | Co-Founder at The Lean Scaleup | VP of Marketing at Kognitiv | SVP, the Head of Marketing and Commercialization at Nestle Canada | CEO and Co-Founder of 11:FS
17 March, 17:00 CET/12pm EDT/9am PDT

Evolution of an Innovation Lab Function

Geoffrey Horrell | Global Head of Innovation and Labs at LSEG (London Stock Exchange Group)
17 March, 18:00 CET/1pm EDT/10am PDT

The Team Toolkit Story

The MITRE Innovation Toolkit Team | Various Roles at MITRE Corporation
17 March, 19:00 CET/2pm EDT/11am PDT

Panel - Building Capabilities for Innovation Company-Wide

Steven Paladino, Prapti Jha & Gilda Leicer Avila | Global Director, Innovation and Continuous Improvement at Baltimore Aircoil Company | Senior Design Strategist at Cisco | Senior Manager Future Skills Development at Liberty Global
March 17, 20:00 CET/3pm EDT/12pm PDT

Panel - Lessons Learned in Fostering a Culture of Innovation

Hanna Phan, Michael McCathren & Hao Dinh | Head of Innovation Culture & Comms Strategy at vmware | Sr Principal, Enterprise Innovation at Chick-fil-A, Inc | Vice President of Technology at Enpro
17 March, 21:00 CET/4pm EDT/1pm PDT

Community Club

Kate McIver & Hans Balmaekers | Innov8rs Team
18 March, 22:00 SGT/15:00 CET/10am EDT/7am PDT

Showcase: Let's Play Serious Games to Innovate

Philippe Delespesse | CEO & Founder at Inteligencia Creativa & Binnakle Innovation Games
18 March, 16:00 CET/11am EDT/8am PDT

Showcase: Driving Transformation from Within: Swarm Vision Showcase

Suzan Briganti | Founder & CEO at Swarm Vision


As you may guess, we've talked about these topics before at our events and amongst our members. With your event pass comes access to a selection of past session recordings and our resources from our content library, so that you can go even broader and deeper, beyond what's being discussed in the live sessions.

Here's a glimpse of the content that comes with your event pass.


You'll be in great company.

Other participants are in roles like
• Chief Innovation Officer / VP of Innovation
• Head of Innovation, Innovation Program Director, Innovation Lab/ Centre Director
• Venture Lead/Innovation Team Lead
• Individual Intrapreneur, Innovation Team Member/Contributor
• Leader/professional in general business role other functions like Strategy, IT/Transformation, R&D/Product, Marketing, HR/Change

Connect and collaborate with more than


other corporate innovators

Working at organizations like

Trusted by brands. Loved by peers.

"This is my tribe of lifelong learners and do-ers.  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 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 intrapreneurship 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."

"I'm amazed by the format, how open, honest and authentic it was. What a great event! You rarely ever get that with these types of events - well done!"

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


Time to connect.

Join Innov8rs Connect to understand what’s working in other companies, benchmark your approach and performance, and explore new approaches and develop new skills.

This event is one of eight events as part of our Innov8rs Connect 2021/2022 series.

Here's the full schedule:

  • Strategy, Leadership & Organization | 21-23 September 2021
  • Governance, Portfolio & Program Management | 28-30 September 202
  • Foresight & Business Design | 26-28 October 2021
  • Venture Building & Scaling | 2-4 November 2021
  • Careers & Personal Development | 12-14 January 2022
  • Startup Collaboration & Ecosystem Engagement | 15-17 February 2022
  • Culture, Talent & Teams | 15-17 March 2022
  • Climate & SDGs | 12-14 April 2022

You'll find the latest info and agendas per event always via innov8rs.co/connect

What's included?

Every "Seat" allows for one individual to participate in one event, and includes:

20+ interactive live sessions you can join (talks, workshops, Ask Me Anything's, topical discussions, networking and more)
• A personalized agenda based on YOUR goals and needs, and concierge support to help you make most out of the program
• Option to join a Peer Circle with 3 others working on similar issues, for accountability and support with implementation
• Option to host a Challenge Call to get feedback on your key challenge
Access to selected content from our library plus all session recordings and additional resources for four weeks in total
Ask questions, share experiences and discuss any topic with other participants via our community platform

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1 event


for 1 seat for 1 event


Individual Pass
3 events


for 1 seat for 3 events


Team Pass
5 seats


for 5 seats, to be used for your event(s) of choice


Team Pass
10 Seats


for 10 seats, to be used for your event(s) of choice


Team Pass
20 Seats


for 20 seats, to be used for your event(s) of choice


Team Pass
30 Seats


for 30 seats, to be used for your event(s) of choice


The options and prices above are for corporate leaders and professionals only.

If you are a consultant/coach, software firm or otherwise service provider to corporate innovators, you need an Innov8rs Connect Expert Pass to join. Prices for these are higher than the prices listed below.

Apply via this link, and if accepted you'll get further information via email.

Are you a member of Innov8rs Community already?

For members with a Community Pass, an Individual Pass for every Innov8rs Connect event is included in your membership. With a Content Pass, you get 30% off an Individual or Team Pass. Email Kate to get your personal discount code and further instructions


We're happy to help.

Just open a chat via the blue button bottom right. Or send an email to Hans Balmaekers via hans@innov8rs.co