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Time to connect.

During this sixth event in the Innov8rs Connect 2021/2022 series, we’ll focus on everything "open 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.

The state of corporate-startup collaboration in 2022: the strategic imperative, effective engagement models and conditions for success

The ongoing discussion about Buy vs Build vs Partner? What to choose when, why and what for?

How to measure the impact of startup collaborations, partnerships and investments?

How to find, source and select the right startups, making decisions based on data and not for the fear of missing out?

How to drive innovation within ecosystems? Who plays what role, and what are associated rewards? What are the potential risks to mitigate; eg IP, competitors, ownership?

If you are working on and interested in themes and questions like this, join 350+ other cross-industry innovation leaders and professionals for 30+ 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 30+ 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 30+ 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 sessions currently confirmed below.

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

15 February, 22:00 SGT/15:00 CET/9am EST

Community Club

Kate McIver & Hans Balmaekers | Innov8rs Team
15 February, 16:00 CET/10am EST/7am PST

Corporate-Startup Collaboration - Data Insights

James Mawson | Founder and Editor at Mawsonia
15 February, 17:00 CET/11am EST/8am PST

How to Build a Startup Accelerator That Drives Incredible Partnership Value

Ben Yoskovitz | CPO and Founding Partner at Highline Beta
15 February, 18:00 CET/12pm EST/9am PST

Inspiring What's Next at Hitachi

Laurent Guengant & Kevin Ye | Global Vice President - Head of Strategy, Digital Solutions and Business Operations at Hitachi / Partner, Corporate Investing at Mach49
15 February, 19:00 CET/1pm EST/10am PST

From Problem Through Pilot

Jonathan Dickerson | Head of Global Partnerships at GAN
15 February, 20:00 CET/2pm EST/11am PST

Building an Open Innovation Ecosystem: The Evolution of Build/Buy/Partner/Invest Models

Andrew Backs | Founder at Pilot44
16 February, 16:00 SGT/09:00 CET

Gorillas Can Dance: Lessons from Microsoft and Other Corporations on Partnering with Startups

Shameen Prashantham, Sheelpa Patel & Tzahi Weisfeld | Author of Gorillas can Dance and Professor & Associate Dean at CEIBS / CEO at Mavens & Mavericks / Vice President at Intel Ignite
16 February, 17:00 SGT/10:00 CET

What's Trending in Open Innovation in Asia

Michelle Woo, Melvyn Ho & Nidhiya V Raj | VP Innovation, ENGIE Factory Asia Pacific / Initiative Leader Open Innovation at Clariant / Head-Startup & VC Ecosystem, South Asia at NVIDIA
16 February, 18:00 SGT/11:00 CET

Panel: Build Vs Buy Vs Partner

Danilo Raponi, Susana Jurado & Oliver Nosjean | Group Head of Innovation at Generali / Head of Telefónica Open Innovation Campus at Telefonica / Head of Global Open Innovation and Scientific Affairs, R&D at Servier
16 February, 19:00 SGT/12:00 CET

Panel: Venturing Together into the Unknown

Alexandre Bastos, Ilanit Kabessa, Menno van der Zalm & Natascha Eckert | Head of Front End Innovation at Givaudan | Agri-food Tech & Corporate Venturing Expert | Global Director Innovation at AzkoNobel | Global Head of University Relations at Siemens
16 February, 19:00 SGT/12:00 CET

Panel: The Future of Startup Scouting

Laurent Kinet, Fiona van den Brink & Dr. Daniel Kaesmayr | CEO at Novable / Program Director Open Innovation at Corbion / Principal Scientist Innovation Solutions - Digitalization of R&D at BASF
16 February, 20:00 SGT/13:00 CET/7am EST

Panel: Startup Engagement: The Pros and Cons of Outsourcing to a Third Party

Ruth Armalé, Ricardo Marvao, Fred Schonenberg & Jan Meiling | Head of Open Innovation at HITS - House of Insurtech Switzerland | Co-founder & Head of Clients Success at Beta-i | Founder & CEO at VentureFuel | Managing Director at StartLife
16 February, 20:00 SGT/13:00 CET/7am EST

Panel: How to Maximize the Corporate – Startup Relationship?

Søren Nielsen, Artem Khlebnikov, Simon Boonen & Neil Soni | Author of Death by Innovation Theater & Chief Commercial Officer at Subaio | Strategic Partnerships Director at the Danone Nutricia Research | FinTech Lead at ING | Co-founder at Extovate
16 February, 22:00 SGT/15:00 CET/9am EST

The Key Conditions To Get Results From Working With Startups

Jan Paul Grollé | Head of Research at Scoutely
16 February, 22:00 SGT/15:00 CET/9am EST

Business Ecosystem Design

Michael Lewrick | Author of Business Ecosystem Design and Head of Innovation Labs at Deloitte
16 February, 16:00 CET/10am EST/7am PST

How Healthy is Your Business Ecosystem?

Ulrich Pidun | Partner and Director, Corporate Strategy at Fellow BCG Henderson Institute
16 February, 16:00 CET/10am EST/7am PST

REWE Digital's Approach to Open Innovation

Oana-Maria Pop & Karim Habibi | Head of Open Innovation at HYPE / Research & Innovation at REWE Digital
16 February, 17:00 CET/11am EST/8am PST

Managing Intellectual Property in Innovation Ecosystems

Phil Webster | Principal, Technology & Innovation Management at Arthur D. Little
16 February, 17:00 CET/11am EST/8am PST

What's a Great Catch & Match?

Sander van der Blonk | Founding Partner at Scoutely
16 February, 18:00 CET/12pm EST/9am PST

How to Build a Corporate Innovation Ecosystem

Sam De Smedt | Venture Architect at Bundl
16 February, 18:00 CET/12pm EST/9am PST

Generating Strategic Business Value From Startups - A View From The Trenches

Ahi Gvirtsman | Co-Founder and Chief Knowledge Officer at Spyre Group
16 February, 19:00 CET/1pm EST/10am PST

Networking Session

Diana Joseph & Kate McIver | CEO at Corporate Accelerator Forum / Community Lead at Innov8rs
17 February, 20:00 SGT/13:00 CET/7am EST

Developing an Innovation Ecosystem From a Greenfield Environment: Perspectives From NEOM Food Sector

Thomas Hayes | Open Innovation Lead, Food Sector at NEOM
17 February, 21:00 SGT/14:00 CET/8am EST

Orchestrating Internal <> External Innovation Ecosystems

Simon Maechling, Veronica Ogeto-Tchoketch, Eric Acton & Lilac Ilan |
17 February, 22:00 SGT/15:00 CET/9am EST

Looking for the Best Corporate Strategy to Work with Startups? Add Value First

Illai Gescheit | Partner at Siemens Energy Ventures
17 February, 16:00 CET/10am EST/7am PST

The Power of Togetherness

Magnus Björsne | PhD, MBA, Assoc. Prof. & CEO at AstraZeneca BioVentureHub
17 February, 17:00 CET/11am EST/8am PST

Accelerating Collaborations With Startups

Carlos Morales Cueto & Catherine Macé, joined by Jessica Schwabach, Guy Maurice, Anne-Liis Thiesen | R+D Accelerator Operations Manager at Nestlé / R+D Accelerator Startup Program Innovation Coach at Nestlé
17 February, 18:00 CET/12pm EST/9am PST

University Engagement and the Crossroads of Organic and Inorganic Innovation

Chris Ramming | Senior Director of Research and Innovation at vmware
17 February, 19:00 CET/1pm EST/10am PST

How Schneider Electric is Driving Innovation by Working With Startups

Heriberto Diarte | Founder and Managing Partner at SE Ventures
17 February, 20:00 CET/2pm EST/11am PST

Venturing Into the Future of Mobility at Goodyear

Erin Spring & Kevin Ye | Senior Director, New Ventures at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company / Partner, Corporate Investing at Mach49
17 February, 21:00 CET/3pm EST/2pm PST

Innovation, Collaboration and the Future with LG

Will Barkis | Head of Ecosystems and Grand Challenges & Director at LG NOVA
18 February, 14:00 CET/8am EST

[Showcase Session] Startup Scouting/ Ecosystem Mapping I

Ingrid Willems, Dyan Finkhousen and Matthew Veale | CEO & Co-founder at Datascouts / Founder & CEO at Shoshin Works / Senior Professional Solutions Consultant at Patsnap
18 February, 15:00 CET/9am EST

[Showcase Session] Crowdsourcing/Open Innovation

Bea Schofield and Petro-Ellen Trometer & Oana-Maria Pop | Director of Customer Success at Wazoku / Solution Consultant at HYPE / Head of Open Innovation at HYPE
18 February, 16:00 CET/10am EST/7am PST

[Showcase Session] Startup Relationships/Projects Management

Olaf Maltha, Sebastian Voigt & Michael Goldstein | Chief Product Officer at Scoutely / Partner & Managing Director at hy technologies / Founder at SwitchPitch
18 February, 17:00 CET/11am EST/8am PST

[Showcase Session] Startup Scouting/Ecosystem Mapping II

Chris Townsend, Laurent Kinet and Dennis Poulsen | Chief Marketing Officer at Wellspring / CEO of Novable / CEO and Co-founder at Valuer.ai


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