Introduction to the agenda

Check the video below for a quick overview of what's happening during the main week of the event.

Live Sessions

In the event's main week you can join 20+ interactive group sessions. Talks, Workshops and Ask Me Anything's, all covering what you need to know and do now.


Monday 16 November

Learning Lab

16 November, 23:00 SGT/16:00 CET/10am ET/7am PT

Upgrading Your Executives On Innovation

Stefan Lindegaard

Founder at Growth Mindset Lab

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Most executives and their lieutenants, influencers are out of their comfort zone with regards to innovation and how to shape the future for three key reasons:

# Too busy
# Just don’t know...
# ...and don’t know how to get started

Stefan Lindegaard will lead and facilitate a discussion on what we can do to upgrade our executives on innovation.

Trending Topic Talk

16 November, 17:00 CET/11am ET/8am PT

Governance for Business Model Innovation - A Proven Method Based on Founding 24 Ventures

Bernd Schmidt & Matthias Kramer

Head of Fundraising & Managing Director at Mantro

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At mantro we founded 24 ventures, most of them in partnership with medium and large companies. That’s how we iterated on different ownership structures and different governance models for our portfolio.
It is crucial to track the success of your new business model activities but it needs to be flexible enough to focus on the right KPIs at the right time.

In this talk you will learn about:

  • Different KPIs for different stages for business model innovation
  • Impact of goals, motivation & ownership on governance
  • How to keep things simple in early stages

Matthias Kramer has a background as entrepreneur. He develops innovative concepts and executes pragmatically - in the development and support of 5 mantro ventures and in >50 digital innovation projects as project lead. As Managing Director of mantro he is responsible for the development and support of mantro portfolio ventures, partly operational as CEO of new ventures, in later phases in advisory board roles and as a representative in the shareholders’ meeting. Among other things he develops and sets up deal structures with joint venture partners.

With a technical background and a passion for value-adding innovation, Bernd Schmidt earned his spurs in project management of complex, digital innovation projects at SAP and thus, together with customers, developed new business models, services and products. In the automotive industry he developed new business models as innovation manager at ZF and focused on cross-industry partnerships in order to build on existing assets to break out of the classical value chain. He understands the different human motivations in companies and therefore develops and implements common strategic rationals. With this background and as has Head of Fundraising at mantro, Bernd is responsible to conduct strategic financing rounds for mantro ventures.

Trending Topic Talk

16 November, 18:00 CET/12pm ET/9am PT

Building a Capability for Strategic Innovation

Gina O'Connor

Professor of Innovation Management at Babson College

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Strategic Innovation is an organizational capability the fuels growth and renewal of mature organizations. It operates in a context of high uncertainty and ambiguity, and therefore requires different managerial and executional approaches than those that drive the core business.

Companies initiate strategic innovation on a sporadic basis but fail to sustain it and evolve their expertise.

Research is converging around the basic principles associated with successful development of this important organizational expertise. Professor Gina O’Connor will share the results of a 25 year research program, and introduce a set of 8 tenets that enable organizations to develop and sustain a sustainable capability for strategic innovation.

Gina Colarelli O’Connor is Professor of Innovation Management and Fischer Family Chaired Professor at Babson College. She conducts research and teaches on the topic of Corporate Innovation.

Gina has published numerous scholarly papers and co-authored three books for organizational leaders on managing breakthrough innovation in large mature companies. Five of her papers have received best paper of the year awards. The second book, Grabbing Lightning was named one of the top books of the year by Strategy + Business Magazine in 2009 and the third, Beyond the Champion: Institutionalizing Innovation through People, was nominated for the Academy of Management’s Best Book of the Year in 2019. In 2018 Gina was honored to be named a Crawford Fellow by the Product Development & Management Association.

Trending Topic Talk

16 November, 19:00 CET/1pm ET/10am PT

What is Your Innovation Strategy in the 2020's?

Christian Rangen

CEO & Co-Founder at Engage // Innovate. CEO & Founder at Strategy Tools

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How can innovation leaders create more impact?
How can innovation shape corporate strategy?
How do we develop the right innovation strategy for the 2020's?

These are questions all strategy- and innovation leaders should be asking themselves. As we get into the 2020's we need to connect strategy and innovation in a new and powerful way.

In this talk Chris Rangen will show how the Four Strategy Paradigms is the foundation for any strategy work. He will show how you can connect strategy & innovation to accelerate your transformation. You will get a series of new visual strategy- and innovation tools you can bring back to your company - 100% digitally, of course.

Over the past two decades Christian has helped companies and executives worldwide connect innovation, strategy and transformation to deliver impact and drive change.

From innovation strategy programs in Asia, to corporate transformation in Europe and large-scale ecosystems across the Americas; Chris has been on the frontlines to make innovation happen.

Working with boards, CEOs and C-suite, he has helped accelerate innovation programs, implement innovation strategies and train 1000’s of people in new innovation methods.

Along the way he has developed more than 120 new visual strategy & innovation canvases. He is currently building out the digital strategy & innovation platform,

Trending Topic Talk

16 November, 20:00 CET/2pm ET/11am PT

Integrating Innovation with C-Level Strategy and Sales

Andre Marquis & Stefan Dierks

CEO of Hypershift Systems and Senior Fellow in Entrepreneurship at U.C. Berkeley | Partner at MHP - A Porsche Company

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Andre Marquis and Stefan Dierks will discuss how MHP’s adoption of Hypershift’s Platform for Innovation Performance Management (IPM) has allowed MHP to navigate through covid-induced market change with agility and direct their sales efforts towards new market opportunities.

You will learn how IPM differs from other approaches to innovation and harnesses the power of an all-digital, metrics-driven program at scale, spanning ideation to commercialization, to allow for a dynamic and operational connection between strategy, innovation, and sales.

Andre Marquis is the CEO of Hypershift Systems, a software company focused on Innovation Performance Management that helps companies realize the benefits of running innovation at scale as a data-driven, strategic function.

Andre was formerly the Executive Director of the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship at U.C. Berkeley, founder of the Innovation Acceleration Group, and a serial entrepreneur with a track record of startups with initial public offerings and acquisitions. Prior to U.C. Berkeley, Andre co-founded the Chorus Group at Eli Lilly, where he pioneered agile business processes for successful drug development programs running >10x cheaper and 3x faster than the industry average. Andre is now bringing this wealth of expertise to Hypershift’s corporate customers.

Stefan Dierks is Partner and Head of Service Unit Digital Services at MHP, a Porsche Company. In this role, Stefan is responsible for new venture creation, co-investments, incubation of new business models, and delivery of digital services.

Tuesday 17 November

Ask Us Anything

17 November, 18:00 SGT/11:00 CET

Innovation Accounting: Ask Us Anything

Esther Gons and Dan Toma, hosted by Hannah Keartland

Co-authors of The Corporate Startup and Innovation Accounting

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In Victorian times there was tremendous opposition to the introduction of the railways. Landowners, existing transport companies and members of the public all signalled their distrust of this new way of travel. So much so that noted British Architect George Godwin, appealed to the public not to repeat the mistakes of the past. That his appeal was heard is testament to the growth of the railways.

Nevertheless the level of opposition demonstrates only too well the way in which successful innovations are those which resonate with individuals and society. One opponent even commented upon seeing a railway engine for the first time "That was a sight to have seen; but one I never care to see again! How much longer shall knowledge be allowed to go on increasing?”

Nearly two hundred years further on and knowledge is still increasing. But despite all of those advances are we still in danger of repeating the mistakes of the past? Has our delight in pushing the boundaries of technology been somewhat one dimensional, leaving other areas of business floundering in its wake? In particular, are we blindly applying old thinking to how innovation is measured, monitored and accounted for? And are we therefore in the process stifling true potential to make lasting change?

Perhaps it is time to look again at how we view and account for innovation in business. Join this AMA to ask Dan and Esther anything about Innovation Accounting.

Dan Toma is the co-author of The Corporate Startup and the Innovation Accounting book, as well as co-creator of AIM, the assessment tool for Innovation Maturity. He started his career in entrepreneurship, being involved with technology startups across the world. Puzzled by the questions ‘why are innovative products mainly launched by startups?’, he dedicated himself to enterprise innovation strategy – specifically on the changes blue-chip organizations need to make to allow for new ventures to be built in a corporate setting.

In this capacity he worked with companies like Deutsche Telekom, Bosch, Jaguar Land Rover, Bayer, John Deere or Allianz. With multiple corporate wide transformations under his belt, Dan possess the right skill-set to move companies beyond innovation theatrics.

Esther Gons is the co-author of The Corporate Startup and the Innovation Accounting book, as well as the founder and CEO of GroundControl. GroundControl is innovation software to manage your innovation ecosystem. The platform focusses heavily on innovation accounting and helps corporate startup teams with the development of new business models. GroundControl works with clients such as Schiphol Group, DHL and ABN Amro.

Esther is an international speaker on topics of corporate innovation, innovation accounting, portfolio management, and startups. She has been an entrepreneur for over 20 years and mentored over several hundred startups so far, e.g. as investor at NEXT Startup Ventures, lead mentor in the Rockstart Accelerator programmes, and Lean Startup Machine weekends.

Conversation moderated by Hannah Keartland.

Trending Topic Talk

17 November, 19:00 SGT/12:00 CET

Downturns Are a Great Time to Grow – How to Survive, Reset, and Thrive

Rebecca Homkes

Teaching Fellow at the London Business School & Director Corporate Innovation at GrowthX

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In times of unprecedented change and extreme uncertainty, organizations must take action, but traditional responses will be less effective. As an innovation leader, you may be concerned about what the crisis and subsequent downturn means for your business. While understood, entrepreneurial leaders must remember that downturns can be a great time to grow. Anyone can grow a company when markets are booming, cash is free flowing, and everything is going up. When the froth clears, only those with true strategic insight prevail.

  • Survive: Stabilize your business not just with the basics but through utilising repurposing and partnering, building employee engagement, communicating clearly, and accelerating learning velocity
  • Reset: Revisit your existing strategic plan and reset this to take into account the new normal, including updating your critical beliefs which form your choices, setting a direction, building on your competitive advantage, and updating your strategic priorities
  • Thrive: Dramatically grow and prosper on the other inside including identifying and taking advantage of strategic insights through disciplined flexibility

The next few months will be tough, but as entrepreneurs we need to embrace the upcoming opportunities and grow through and on the other side of the downturn.

Dr. Rebecca Homkes is a high-growth strategy specialist who serves as a Lecturer at the London Business School (LBS), a Director at the Strategic Management Centre (SMC) in London, and previous Fellow at the London School of Economics’ Centre for Economic Performance (CEP). With her boutique consultancy, she works with CEOs and executive teams of the top global companies and fast-growing enterprises on developing and executing strategies for growth as well as established enterprises in digital strategy, navigating successful innovation journeys, and establishing innovation capabilities.

Rebecca is the director of the global Active Learning Programme (ALP) for the Young President’s Organization (YPO) and works with high-growth and scaling entrepreneurial companies across industries and countries. She is also a senior strategic advisor for GSV Labs (Global Silicon Valley), working to democratize entrepreneurship through corporate and young company consultancy, ecosystem building and online collaborative platforms; a partner with GrowthX, a Silicon Valley investment ecosystem and innovation consultancy; and is the faculty lead of two large European Fintech scaling and growth focused accelerators. A global keynote speaker, she is also a member of several advisory boards, directed the joint McKinsey & Co and LSE Centre for Economic Performance Global Management Project since 2007 and has written for publications such as the Harvard Business Review, Businessweek, Fortune, and Forbes.

Innovators Insights

17 November, 22:00 SGT/15:00 CET/09:00 ET

Corporate Venturing as a Response to Disruption

Christian Lindener

Global Head of Airbus BizLabs at Airbus

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Corporate Venturing, described as any investment from a corporation to Build, Partner with, or Buy new businesses, finds new sources of entrepreneurship and innovation from inside and outside the company. Common Corporate Venturing channels include innovation labs that support rapid prototyping, dedicated corporate venture building units, incubators and accelerators for growing pre-seed and early-stage internal and external startups, institutional partnerships in the startup ecosystem, services from startups, corporate venture capital investments, and M&A divisions acquiring entire startup companies.

Christian Lindener is Head of Airbus BizLab, an aerospace accelerator. Prior to joining Airbus, Lindener worked as Managing Director for Wayra Germany, a technology innovation hub. In this role, he oversaw the strategic direction of the organisation, as well as, the selection of startups and young technology corporations for integration into the Telefonicà investment portfolio.

As an independent tech consultant, he has created and advised more than 20 incubator and accelerator programs. As Director of TechFounders, a high-tech hardware accelerator based in Munich, he was responsible for the development of more than 50 high-tech startups. Christian has co-founded several companies, one of which--a virtual reality startup—was sold to in 2014. Most recently, he co-launched D3 Technologies AG, an open digital operations platform for the urban air mobility market. Christian was born in Brazil--and grew up in Mexico. He studied international business administration and economics at the Leopold-Franzens-University in Innsbruck, the University of New Orleans and the University of Barcelona.

Trending Topic Talk

17 November, 23:00 SGT/16:00 CET/10am ET/7am PT

A New Enterprise Growth System: Creating a Nexus of Strategy + Innovation + R&D

Steve Schwartz

Founding Partner at The Inovo Group

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Most large corporate enterprises treat strategy, R&D, and innovation as separate and distinct functions – worthy of specialized teams, segmented funding, reporting structures and operational charters. This is starting to change. Many large enterprises are reimagining their system for creative transformation in a more holistic and integrated way.

The early signs of this change are becoming visible as large enterprises are evolving to create a system in which strategy, R&D and innovation all work together in harmony to drive the creative transformation outcomes of a company.

Steve Schwartz is one of the founding partners of The Inovo Group, a strategic innovation consulting firm. Steve is an engineer by training but an entrepreneur by nature. He has spent 30 years in various technology and commercialization roles and is passionate about how large organizations pursue transformational growth in a systematic way.

Steve holds a BSE in computer engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; an MS in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Enlightening Exchanges

17 November, 17:00 CET/11am ET/8am PT

Be(come)ing Ambidextrous: What Works and What Doesn't

Tim Kidd, Line Lyst and Bernd Zimmermann, hosted by Lysander Weiss

Innovation Excellence Manager at DSM | Global Head of New Ventures & Commercial Partnerships at GN Group | Global Head of Organization Development & Innovation at Siemens Healthcare

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Tim Kidd has worked in various innovation roles inside DSM for the past 17 years, spanning the whole innovation journey from value creation through to value capture. Recently, Tim moved to DSM’s Innovation Center that drives long-term innovation outside the scope of the mainstream business through a Global Business Incubator and Emerging Business Areas. In his current role as Innovation Excellence Manager, Tim works with fellow innovators across DSM business groups to apply the right mindset, toolset and connect to the right skillset for impactful, purpose led, sustainable innovations.

Line Lyst is currently Global Head of New Ventures & Commercial Partnerships at GN. As an executive and front-runner in digital transformation, she enables large enterprises to innovate at speed and scale in order to own the future rather than being disrupted by it.

Bernd Zimmerman is since 2018 Global Head of Organization Development and Innovation at Siemens Healthineers AG with global responsibility for organizational development, leadership model, DI&E, employee retention and innovation culture.

Learning Lab

17 November, 18:00 CET/12pm ET/9am PT

Financial Modeling: From Fuzzy Early Stage Project to Scaling Up

Tristan Kromer

Innovation Coach & Founder at Kromatic

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How can we judge early stage projects without a business case? Customer empathy sounds great, but where are the numbers? How can I bet my business without market sizing?

Design thinking is great, but mapping empathy into a spreadsheet is hard. Early stage entrepreneurs and the finance team need to work together to map qualitative data into concrete business cases. Even early stage projects can create simple, understandable financial models in as little as an hour.

Those models can serve to focus the type of experiments and research the team needs to do to prove out a good investment.

As a lean startup coach and founder of Kromatic, Tristan Kromer works with innovation teams and leaders to create amazing products and build startup ecosystems.

He has worked with companies from early stage startups with zero revenue to enterprise companies with >$1B USD revenue (Unilever​, ​Swisscom,​ Salesforce,​ ​Fujitsu,​ ​LinkedIn​). With his remaining hours, Tristan volunteers his time with ​early stage startups ​and blogs at ​​.

Enlightening Exchanges

17 November, 19:00 CET/1pm ET/10am PT

Doubling Down on Innovation As Response To Covid19?

Heather Wishart-Smith, Luiz Diaz and Fatema Pirone, hosted by Simone Ahuja

Senior Vice President, Technology & Innovation at Jacobs | former Sr. Director - Global Product Strategy at Oakley a division of EssilorLuxottica | Senior Director, Enterprise Innovation at CIBC

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Heather Wishart-Smith is the Senior Vice President, Technology & Innovation for Jacobs. An integrator of digital disruption and innovation, Heather is a registered Professional Engineer and certified Project Management Professional with proven experience managing large design programs and developing, managing, and turning around troubled offices in the architectural/engineering professional services market.

"Inventions wrapped in art" are more than just words inside Oakley's Foothill Ranch HQ, it's the idea that defines the brand. During his tenure as a Senior Director of Product Strategy at Oakley, Luiz Diaz led multiple product innovation initiatives ranging from incorporating electronics into sunglasses to developing new products for Oakley's sport performance categories and more recently leading all Oakley's product innovations in response to the COVID crisis.

From starting her career back in 2003 in the Contact Center, Fatema Pirone is now leading Innovation for CIBC enterprise-wide. In this role she is aiming to drive education and awareness about emerging trends and tech, test and learn new ideas and championing complex initiatives throughout the bank; her leadership continues to evoke thoughtful conversations and impactful execution, creating purposeful client experiences.

Panel hosted by Dr. Simone Ahuja, the founder of Blood Orange, an innovation and strategy consultancy headquartered in Minneapolis, USA. She is co-author of the international bestseller, Jugaad Innovation, and intrapreneurship playbook Disrupt-It-Yourself (HarperCollins Leadership, 2019). She recently released micro-learning course, Innovating Out of Crisis in partnership with LinkedIn Learning.

Wednesday 18 November

Trending Topic Talk

18 November, 19:00 SGT/12:00 CET/6am ET

Design Like You Are Right, Test Like You Are Wrong: How to Lead Innovation by Asking the Right Questions at the Right Time

Tendayi Viki

Associate Partner at Strategyzer. Author of The Corporate Startup and Pirates In The Navy

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When faced with uncertainty, leaders cannot come up with the best solutions by themselves. Instead, leaders need to create the right context for the best ideas to emerge. The Covid19 pandemic is forcing leaders to face the limitations of a command and control style of management. The pandemic has also brought sharply into focus the need for companies to have world-class innovation capabilities.

In this session, Dr. Tendayi Viki, Associate Partner at Strategyzer, examines how leaders can drive innovation by asking the right questions at the right time. He will discuss:

• the difference between design and testing in innovation

• how leaders can inspire breakthrough innovations by asking trigger questions

• how leaders can use creative inquiry to find out how much progress ideas are making towards success

Ask Me Anything

18 November, 22:00 SGT/15:00 CET/9am ET

Navigating The Long Term, When It Is Hard To See Past Tomorrow

Jennifer Riel

Global Director of Strategy at IDEO

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In a moment of crisis, it can be difficult to think beyond what is right in front of us. But reflection on our most important choices can help us emerge from periods of great change stronger, providing we ask the right questions: Who do we want to be when we emerge from this? What do we want our organization to stand for? What do we believe has changed for now, and what has changed forever – and what does all that mean for what we need to do?

These are questions of strategy—of what it means to win. In this session, Jennifer Riel will offer some thoughts on strategy, thinking for the long run and where design can help most.

Jennifer Riel is IDEO's global director of strategy. In this role, she collaborates with clients and internal teams to push the edges of creative problem solving, leveraging tools from strategy and design thinking. As a strategy advisor, Jennifer has worked across industries and countries, helping organizations and teams to build winning, sustainable and human-centered strategies.

Before IDEO, Jennifer spent 13 years at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, where she taught undergrads, MBAs and executives how to think creatively about their toughest challenges. During this period, she
partnered with organizations (large and small, for profit, not-for-profit and government) to help them build their strategic thinking capabilities and transform their teams.

Jennifer is also the author of Creating Great Choices: A Leader's Guide to Integrative Thinking (with Roger L. Martin, Harvard Business Review Press, 2017). Creating Great Choices is a Wall Street Journal best seller and was shortlisted for Canada's National Business Book Award.

Trending Topic Talk

18 November, 23:00 SGT/16:00 CET/10am ET/7am PT

Why Does it Take a Crisis to Unlock Innovation

Domhnaill Hernon & Holly O'Driscoll

VP, Innovation, Strategy, Creativity, R&D at Nokia Bell Labs | Founder & CEO at Ampersand Innovation, LLC, former Global Design Thinking Leader at P&G

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Why do innovation efforts fail and what is different about innovation in a crisis that enables new ideas to launch at speed? What is it about innovation that is different to business-as-usual and what are the key attributes of a crisis that we should leverage during non-crisis times.

In this session we will share observations on innovation in general and in particular discuss the reasons why innovation is unleashed in a crisis and how we can leverage a crisis mentality in a non-crisis time.

Domhnaill Hernon is an award-winning technology, innovation and creativity executive. Domhnaill received an undergrad in Aeronautical Engineering and a PhD in Aerodynamics from the University of Limerick and an executive MBA from Dublin City University, Ireland.

He previously led R&D organizations and developed and executed strategies to overcome the “innovation valley of death”. He is Head of Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T) which is a new initiative he founded to fuse art and engineering/science to develop solutions that humanize technology. Domhnaill’s work has been featured in Wired Magazine, Times Square, SXSW, Nasdaq, MWC, Ars Electronica, TEDx, Inspirefest to name just a few and he advises innovation and cultural programs globally.

Trending Topic Talk

18 November, 17:00 CET/11am ET/8am PT

Growth Boards: What Are They and How Can They Unlock Your Strategic Goals

Jonathan Bertfield

Transformation Practice Lead at Modern Accelerator

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Growth boards provide a focus for consistent, sustainable and transparent decision making to support internal startups from early ideas to scaled products and services.

In this session we'll draw on examples from global corporations to examine what exactly is a growth board, how its members makes decisions, the relationship between the board and startup teams and the metrics to evaluate growth board success.

Ask Me Anything

18 November, 18:00 CET/12pm ET/9am PT

Why Great Leaders Must Unlearn to Succeed in Today’s Exponential World

Barry O'Reilly

Business Advisor, Entrepreneur, Keynote Speaker and Bestselling Author of Unlearn and Lean Enterprise

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There’s a learning curve to leading any successful venture. But when leaders begin to rely on past achievements or get stuck in outdated thinking and practices that no longer work, they need to take a step back―and unlearn.
This innovative and actionable framework from executive coach Barry O’Reilly shows leaders how to break the cycle of once-useful but no limiting mindsets and behaviors that were effective in the past but are no longer relevant in the current business climate and may now stand in the way of your success.

Unlearn: Let Go of Past Success to Achieve Extraordinary Results is a transformative system that shows leaders how to rethink their strategies, retool their capabilities, and revitalize their businesses for stronger, longer-lasting success.

Barry O’Reilly is a business advisor, entrepreneur, and author who has pioneered the intersection of business model innovation, product development, organizational design, and culture transformation.

Barry is author of two bestsellers, Unlearn: Let Go of Past Success to Achieve Extraordinary Results, and Lean Enterprise: How High Performance Organizations Innovate at Scale—included in the Eric Ries series, and a Harvard Business Review must read for CEOs and business leaders. He is an internationally sought-after speaker, frequent writer and contributor to The Economist, Strategy+Business, and MIT Sloan Management Review.

Barry is faculty at Singularity University, advising and contributing to Singularity’s executive and accelerator programs based in San Francisco, and throughout the globe.

Thursday 19 November

Trending Topic Talk

19 November, 19:00 SGT/12:00 CET/6am ET

Innovation-Driven Growth in Medium to Large B2B Companies

Paulo Malta

Innovation Management Black Belt™ | Growth, Transformation and Business Model Innovation | Managing Partner at Innovsky

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Do you work on a medium to large size company in a B2B context? Your company needs to innovate, but resources are scarce, and your innovation practice is not impacting your company growth as expected?

Using a proven methodology and data from more than 5000 companies in 105 countries, we have been able to help companies improve their innovation practice and deliver growth in the short, medium, and long term.

This session will explain our approach to defining an innovation strategy and boost the innovation process in medium to large companies.

Paulo Malta has 25 years of professional experience and is specialized in Innovation Management, Business Model Innovation, and Customer Experience Innovation.

Paulo is Managing Partner of Innovsky, a consulting company focused on Innovation Management and Business Model Innovation, and also an Invited Professor at Nova School of Business and Economics, delivering classes in Innovation and Digital Transformation in the executive education programs.

During most of his career, Paulo worked for technological multinationals, like Cisco and Alcatel, building and leading sales, pre-sales, and consulting teams in several market sectors.

Paulo's background in Electrical and Computers Engineering is enriched by post-graduate degrees in Management and in Investments & Financial Markets. He is an IMBB Innovation Management Black Belt™ and a certified facilitator in LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® and Design Sprint methodologies.

Innovators Insights

19 November, 22:00 SGT/15:00 CET/9am ET

Dealing With The Mirage of Institutionalizing Innovation

Shreyas Bakshi

Vice President & Head of Innovation - Automotive Sector at Mahindra Group

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Many corporates adopt leadership competency assessment frameworks and most of these have innovation as one of its core elements. Most organizations find that the innovation competency is low in their organization. Of course, it is a no brainer that almost all the leaders in these organizations want it to improve.

Also, most leaders want innovation to be institutionalised across their organization. However, not all succeed. There are many frameworks and models published but understanding and adapting them in each context itself is a challenge. Since leaders who want to institutionalise innovation but are unable to achieve it despite having a lot of knowledge and expertise at their disposal, I call this a ‘mirage’.

In this session, Shreyas will share share his learnings on how leaders can deal with the mirage.

Shreyas Bakshi is the Vice President – Innovation for Mahindra and Mahindra Limited since 2016.

Before then, he has 7.5 years of experience facilitating corporates to leverage innovation to drive projects, train people and architect the organizational journey to institutionalise innovation.

Prior to then, he has over 20 years of experience of leading ventures based on ahead of its time technologies and managing innovations done by others. This experience in across industrial domains in private & public sectors of India & UK.

Innovators Insights

19 November, 16:00 CET/10am ET/7am PT

From Buzzwords and Ideas to Disciplined Innovation - A Story of Transformation

Kristian N. Lindøe, Byron Quan Luna & Dan Toma

Project Manager: Innovation Ecosystem | Innovation and Geospatial Project Lead at the Digital Technology Centre in DNV GL | Author of Innovation Accounting, The Corporate Startup

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In this session we will look at how DNV GL set high ambitions for its digital transformation and innovation. By gathering lots of data and experiences, we got a systematic view of pain points and went through a phase of informed pessimism. Then, with a common understanding, DNV GL set out to treat the transformation as an innovation process. That meant looking at the future of the business and how it could do things demonstrably different.

The result is that today, we have around 50 innovation teams working with the same framework, tools and a common language in an established ecosystem. And we’re not done yet!

Kristian Lindøe is currently leading a group-wide project to remove barriers and speed up commercial/digital innovation throughout DNV GL.
Developing and testing solutions for innovation to thrive alongside execution in a big established and international company.

He will be joined by Byron Quan Luna and Dan Toma.

Innovators Insights

19 November, 17:00 CET/11am ET/8am PT

Innovation and Transformation in a Post-COVID World

Jason Wild

Senior Vice President, Innovation and Global Leader, Ignite at Salesforce

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Jason Wild is the Global Leader of the Ignite team, a strategic innovation lab where Salesforce collaborates with its customers to help them to reinvent their role in the marketplace.

In this session, Jason will share learnings from nearly 20 years of leading innovation and transformation work around the world, focusing on the mindsets and disciplines required to achieve true transformation in a post-COVID world.

Jason Wild is Senior Vice President of Strategic Innovation at Salesforce, leading a global team of Igniters who engage leading companies around the world to transform themselves to be more customer-centric. Ignite is sponsored by the Chairman and CEO and is the strategic innovation lab where Salesforce collaborates to reinvent clients’ role in the marketplace.

Jason is currently co-authoring a book with Dr. Linda Hill of the Harvard Business School slated for publication in 2021. The book will feature new research and insights related to the next generation of leadership and the power of good.

Learning Lab

19 November, 18:00 CET/12pm ET/9am PT

How to Create a Portfolio That Has the Greatest Impact for Your Organization

Lorrie Vogel

Former Vice President, Material Sciences and Innovation, Nike

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It takes a lot of effort to push any new innovation out to commercialization; the initiative has to be worth the effort.

Discover proven techniques used to quantify and score early innovations to weed out the duds and push forward the most impactful programs.

Lorrie enjoyed a 21 year career at Nike, with her last role in 2017 as the VP of Nike’s Material Science and Innovation. Her passion for design, innovation and sustainability has made her a recognized global leader in bringing innovation to all facets of Nike’s products as well as shaping the future of the apparel and footwear industry.

Trending Topic Talk

19 November, 19:00 CET/1pm ET/10am PT

Frequent Disruptions? Adopt the 21st Century Mindset

Brant Cooper

Author of The Lean Entrepreneur and CEO at Moves the Needle

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We are addressing a 21 century complex system -- the global economy -- with a 20th century mindset. We must lead with a new mindset in order to create institutions, that are resilient, aware, and dynamic, in order to withstand the ever more frequent disruptions. I will discuss the mindset we need to adopt company-wide, based upon Empathy - Exploration - Evidence - Equilibrium - Ethics.

We have to stop planning and get moving. I will share ideas on how to start right away.

Brant Cooper is the New York Times bestselling author of The Lean Entrepreneur and CEO of Moves the Needle. With over two decades of expertise helping companies bring innovative products to market, he blends agile, design thinking, and lean methodologies to ignite entrepreneurial action within large organizations. Brant has a unique take on disrupting our current way of thinking in order to be closer to customers, move faster, and act bolder.

He has experienced monumental milestones such as IPO, acquisition, rapid growth, and crushing failure. He serves as a global keynote speaker, mentor to entrepreneurs, and trusted advisor to corporate executives. His mission is to teach leaders how to find personal and economic growth through creating new value for fellow humans.

Thanks to our Expert Partners and Participants for contributing to this event

Peer Circles

Join facilitated and closed-door small-group conversations with peers from other companies and industries, addressing your issues and solving shared challenges.

16 November, 19:00 SGT/12:00 CET/6am ET

Kick Off Circle: Clarity on Objectives

20 November, 16:00 CET/10am ET/7am PT

Wrap Up Circle: Preparing for Implementation

2 December, 19:00 SGT/12:00 CET/6am ET

Check-In Circle: Implementation Progress

3 December, 17:00 CET/11am ET/8am PT

Check-In Circle: Implementation Progress


Of course, we can't cover everything in the Live Sessions and Peer Circles. For four weeks, you get access to our library of high-quality content: session recordings from past events and conferences, as well as curated content from other sources.

Included are session recordings with speakers like Alexander Osterwalder, Rita McGrath and Mark W. Johnson.



Through the platform, for a full month, you'll be able to ask questions and join discussions with peers and experts. You can join dedicated networking and matchmaking sessions, to meet exactly whom you're keen to meet. The conference hallway, brought to live online.

You'll see whom else is joining here soon.

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Time To Connect.

Join Innov8rs Connect to take a step back, to reflect and refocus, in order to be better positioned to get results.

The options below 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 Expert Pass to join. Get yours via this link.

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including these items for each event you choose to join:

• 25+ interactive live sessions (talks, workshops, AMA's)
• 5+ facilitated, closed-door peer circles and other opportunities to connect and collaborate with peers
• Host a Challenge Call to get feedback on your key challenge
Access to Content and Community for four weeks. This includes the event's session recordings, on-topic content from other events and curated content from the web, as well as discussions through the platform
Customized agenda based on goals and needs, and a personal concierge to find your way

1 Event




• You can use your seats for all events from this series. You could attend one event together, or divide and conquer across several events.
• Each seat comes with all items as listed under Individual Pass.
• Plus extra support for your team: a private group on the platform, exclusive sessions and content as well as targeted introductions, all based on your goals and needs.

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Are you a member Innov8rs Community with a Basic Pass or Content Pass?

You'll get 30% off your Individual Pass or Team Pass for Innov8rs Connect. Login here first and then proceed with registration.

Innov8rs Community members with a Premium Pass get free access to all events.