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We start this Innov8rs Connect 2021/2022 series by looking at the fundamentals for any innovation team to get right first and foremost: Strategy, Leadership and Organization.

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


How do we set our innovation strategy, supporting our company strategy? How do we better align with the Strategy function for a more iterative approach? How do we then put this strategy into action, and deliver upon the promise we’ve made?


What makes for effective leadership, for our function, our teams and ourselves? How do we lead change to prepare our organizations for times of growing complexity, uncertainty, and volatility? But also, how do we engage with company leadership and business management in the right way, to gain support and secure resources, and to avoid politics to kill our efforts?


Given our innovation strategy, what’s the best way to organize our operations? What’s being done at corporate versus in the business, or in the regions? What’s the proper distance from the many innovation vehicles to the core business; does ambidexterity really work? How do we collaborate across silos, and streamline our efforts for the biggest impact?

If you are working on and interested in themes and questions like this, join other cross-industry innovation leaders and professionals for 20+ 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 20+ 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 20+ 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, or open a 1-page agenda here. You'll get further details and instructions to RSVP after registration.

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


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.


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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

Individual Pass
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