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10 Learnings after 4 Years with Kickbox at Swisscom

Four years ago, Swisscom, Switzerland’s leading telco & ICT company, adapted Adobe Kickbox and further developed it into an award-winning intrapreneurship framework. The talk will cover the Top 10 lessons learned during the implementation of Swisscom Kickbox, selected intrapreneurship projects, the integration of open innovation elements, as well as common challenges and best practices. Further, you will learn, how you can start your own Kickbox program through and how Swisscom is sharing back its learnings and materials via the “Kickbox Open Source” association on

David Hengartner

Head of Intrapreneurship & Innovation Lab Manager at Swisscom

David is heading Swisscom Kickbox, the bottom-up intrapreneurship program at Swisscom, Switzerland’s leading telco company and one of its leading IT companies. He fosters the internal innovation culture and empowers employees to experience “Lean Startup” methodologies by validating their own startup ideas. Employees get a project budget, work time, an innovation booklet and access to internal experts and external service providers.

Besides his job, David is teaching the “Lean Startup Academy” course at ETH Zurich, where Master/PhD students test their startup ideas and start their entrepreneurial adventure.

Before joining Swisscom, David worked in consulting and banking, founded two startups, worked for startups in Zurich and Berlin and is a well-connected member of the Swiss startup and corporate innovation ecosystem.

David holds an M.A. in Business Administration from the University of St.Gallen (HSG) with focus on Entrepreneurship and Marketing and a Design Thinking degree from the University of Technology in Sydney.