Building sizeable new businesses from innovation

For 8 in 10 CEOs, new business building is a top five priority despite recent heightened economic volatility.

In this Learning Lab, we'll focus on the principles, processes and practices for turning validated concepts into sizeable businesses.

  • What are different approaches to corporate business building, and how to assess which one would fit best?
  • How to set up corporate ventures for scale from the start? What are the main causes for promising ideas to fail, even if they have been validated, and how to address those causes?
  • What's the best way to collaborate with the core business, in order to leverage the one main advantage corporates have - their assets?
  • How do we measure success? How do we engage leadership and manage expectations?

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 as part of this Learning Lab.


Work with the best.

A first overview of innovation leaders and experts guiding you in this program. You will get a detailed schedule and further instructions after signup.

More coming soon... stay tuned!

Tuesday 14 February 2023

14 February, 16:30 CET/10:30am EST/7:30am PST

Lean Scaleup: The 12 Modules For Corporate Business Building Excellence

Frank Mattes | CEO at Lean Scaleup
14 February, 17:00 CET/11am EST/8am PST

How to Build New Ventures

Ann Hofvander & Sean Sheppard | Chief of Staff at U+ | Managing Partner at U+ Americas
14 February, 17:30 CET/11:30am EST/8:30am PST

Disrupt or Be Disrupted: Unleashing the Unicorn Within

Linda Yates | Founder and CEO at global accelerator Mach49 & author of leading HBR Press book, "The Unicorn Within: How Companies Can Create Game-Changing Ventures at Startup Speed"
14 February, 18:00 CET/12pm EST/9am PST

Venture Building at Mann+Hummel from Idea to Scale

Michael Nichols | Director of Corporate Ventures at Mann + Hummel

Wednesday 15 February 2023

15 February, 17:30 SGT/10:30 CET

Venture Building at Olam: The Journey So Far (and What's Next)

Priyanka Mukherjee | Vice President New Ventures at Olam
15 February, 18:00 SGT/11:00 CET

Both Sides of The Story: Lessons Learned From Operating in the Mothership and the Venture

Fernn Lim | Chief of Staff at nexus by SC Ventures, Standard Chartered Bank (SCB)
15 February, 18:30 SGT/11:30 CET

Downturn Terror: Venture Investing & Venture Building When Everyone Is Afraid

Christian Lindener | Co-Managing Partner of EMEA Delivery and Client Success at Mach49
15 February, 20:00 SGT/13:00 CET/7am EST

Building Corporate Sustainability Ventures

Sebastian Mueller | Founding Partner at MING Labs
15 February, 20:30 SGT/13:30 CET/7:30am EST

Building An Internal Corporate Venture Fund That Invests in Self-Appointed Teams

Morten Benn & Hannes Meixner | Partner at Nosco | Chief Intrapreneur aka ZukunftsBauer at Raiffeisen-Landesbank Steiermark
15 February, 21:00 SGT/14:00 CET/8am EST

Corporate Venture Building - Learning Case

Antje Bulmann | Venture Builder at Airbus
15 February,15:30 CET/9:30am EST

Incubation vs Excubation: The Dilemma For Scaling Disruptive Innovations

Alceo Rapagna | CEO at Innoleaps Group
15 February, 16:00 CET/10am EST/7am PST

Lean Scaleup: Why and How Amadeus Upgraded Its Business Model Incubation

Steve Kopp & Frank Mattes | Head at Nexwave Incubation Office, Chairman at the Amadeus Executive Incubation Board | CEO at Lean Scaleup
15 February, 16:30 CET/10:30am EST/7:30am PST

Corporate-Venture Fit - The Internal Front In a Two-Front War

Tino Klaehne | Director Strategic Innovation & Intelligence at Lufthansa Innovation Hub

Thursday 16 February 2022

16 February, 20:30 SGT/13:30 CET

Ensuring Success In Venture Building: Portfolio Management For (Int/Ext) Ventures

Tarun Sharma | Chief of Operations & Portfolio, Nokia Ventures at Nokia
16 February, 21:30 SGT/14:30 CET/8:30am EST

The Ultimate Innovation Engine: Leveraging Data To Grow To 100M$ Revenues In 5 Years

Narjeet Soni | CEO & Innovation Strategist at Lean Apps
16 February, 22:00 SGT/15:00 CET/9am EST

5 Key Aspects of Corporate Venture Building

Adrián Heredia, Andrés Carrillo & Roberto de Celis | Founder & CEO at Byld | CEO at Kuiko | General Manager of Digital Business & Classifieds at Vocento
16 February, 16:00 CET/10am EST/7am PST

New-Business Building: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Younes Souilmi, Pontus All & Frank Mattes | Amadeus Business-Building Incubation, Head of Portfolio at Amadeus | Senior Venture Development Manager at Volvo Group | CEO at Lean Scaleup
16 February, 17:00 CET/11am EST/8am PST

Make Venture Building Work By Applying Corporate Assets The Right Way

Kilian Veer | Global Head of Scaling at EnBW Innovation

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. 

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).

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 program, you can choose to join a diverse range of 20+ interactive small group sessions and peer to peer roundtables as they happen. You can also host your own sessions to ask for feedback or share your approach.


For four weeks per program, 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 session recordings from the program 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'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."

"I understand how difficult these events are to run in the best of times.

This is hands down the best virtual event I have attended."

"For me, the Innov8rs Unconference is one of the few intrapreneurship conferences that is worth paying for.

The ability to connect with such a high quality speakers, ask questions, and get great insights is just invaluable!"

"I have already used some of the ideas presented. It is also influencing my thoughts on many other areas related to innovation.

The value of the Unconference has far exceeded the cost."

"The conference was great – it was a perfect mixture of networking and practical learning with a group of high-caliber, highly involved and dedicated participants.

It's a rarity to attend an event like this!"

Ready to dive in?

Join Innov8rs Learning Labs to upgrade your skill-, tool- and mindset, and increase your impact as innovation professional.

Our series of six Learning Labs between October 2022 and May 2023 offers you a deep dive into the key pillars of corporate innovation, exploring main themes and trends in just a few days.

You'll leave knowing what works (and what doesn't) in other companies and industries, and with fresh insights to address whatever tops your to-do list.

What's included?

Every "Seat" allows for one individual to participate in one Learning Lab program, and includes:

  • 20+ interactive small-group 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

Full schedule

Here's an overview of all six Learning Labs throughout the year.

  • Strategy, Leadership, Governance and Portfolio Management, 11-13 October 2022
  • Foresight & Business Design, 15-17 November 2022
  • Venture Building & Scaling, 14-16 February 2023
  • Startup Collaboration & Ecosystem Engagement, 14-16 March 2023
  • Culture, Talent & Teams, 4-6 April 2023
  • Climate & SDG's, 3-4 May 2023

As a first step, select your pass and complete a short application via the buttons below.

Individual Pass | 1 Learning Lab

1 seat for 1 out of the 6 programs



Individual Pass | 3 Learning Labs

1 seat for 3 out of the 6 programs



Team Pass | 5 seats

5 seats, to be used for your program(s) of choice



Team Pass | 10 seats

10 seats, to be used for your program(s) of choice



Team Pass | 20 seats

20 seats, to be used for your program(s) of choice



Team Pass | 30 seats

30 seats, to be used for your program(s) of choice



The options above are available for corporate innovation leaders and professionals only.

If you are a consultant/coach, software firm or otherwise service provider to corporate innovators, you need an "Innov8rs Learning Labs Expert Pass" to join. Prices for these are higher than the prices listed above. Alt, members of Innov8rs Community with an Expert Pass are also eligible to participante and contribute.

Are you a member of Innov8rs Community already?

As a member, you are automatically enrolled onto every Learning Lab, so no need for you to purchase a pass separately. Want to become a member? As a first step, apply here.

Need some help?

If you'd like to understand better how participating in Innov8rs Learning Labs would support you and your team in achieving your objectives, or if you have questions about registration, start a chat via the blue button bottom right or email