This is a session at Innov8rs Helsinki, 5 September 2019

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How to Have Sex with An Elephant: Corporate Venturing the Hard Way

In the workshop you will set the stage to what do you need internally to embrace innovation either through startups, or intrapreneurs. Innovation managers and strategists need to understand when to deploy which vehicle, to manage the expectations of all internal and external stakeholders. All vehicles of innovation need to coordinate with an innovation strategy which needs to be aligned with corporate and entrepreneurial goals.

Christian Lindener

Managing Director at Wayra Deutschland

During his career in the start-up and venture-capital-scene, Christian Lindener got to know thousands of start-ups. As an independent tech consultant, he initiated, implemented and advised over 20 incubator and accelerator programs. As Director at TechFounders, the high-tech hardware accelerator in Munich, he was responsible for the assistance and development of more than 50 high-tech-start-ups. In June 2017 he helped to bring the InsurTech Hub Munich on the way. He is one of the regional leaders of Bavaria in the Federation of German start-ups. He co-founded two companies, one being a hardware startup which went insolvent in 2013 and the other one being an augmented reality startup exited to booking.com in 2014. Christan Lindener was born in Brazil and grew up in Mexico. He studied international business administration and economics at the Leopold-FranzensUniversity in Innsbruck, the University of New Orleans and at the Universitat de Barcelona.

Christian Lindener works for Wayra Germany since February 2017. As the Managing Director he accounts the strategic orientation of Wayra, the selection and assistance of the start-ups and young technology corporations such as the increased integration of Wayra within the international start-up ecosystem