Your 2-day corporate innovation intensive.

Learn how to be more effective and have a bigger impact, even when resources are scarce.

There's no escaping the prospect of an economic downturn, as most companies brace for strong headwinds. For us as corporate innovators that inevitably means we need to do more with less, faster. Yet as the saying goes... A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.

So, how do we make the most out of the current business climate? How do we prune our portfolios, re-allocate our resources, become even more customer centric, and deliver short-term results from our projects and programs?

This is one of the main themes for our next in-person conference in Lisbon, 2-3 May.

✅ You'll get practical guidance from Strategyzer's Tendayi Viki on how to achieve innovation goals with limited budget and resources. You'll dive into best and next practices for innovation governance & accounting with Dan Toma (The Corporate Startup), building and scaling new ventures with Frank Mattes (Lean Scaleup), leadership and culture with Louise Kyhl Triolo (Heidrick & Struggles) and Elvin Turner (Be Less Zombie) and much more.

✅ Also, you'll hear from 20+ cross-industry innovation leaders the ins and outs of their approach (and lessons learned along the way). Plus, you'll meet and mingle with local innovators during field trips exploring the local ecosystem.

✅ Most importantly, the program is designed for you to work on any topic or get feedback on any challenge that's on top of your list, guided by experts and supported by peers. You'll have in-depth conversations with a select group of other innovation leaders and do-ers who speak the same language, and establish relevant connections that you actually want to follow up with after the conference.

This is not just another conference, where you'll be forced to listen to talking heads on stage all day long. At Innov8rs conferences, you'll actively engage and actually learn, so you'll leave with actionable insights to implement.


Work with the best.

A first overview of innovation leaders and experts confirmed. More coming soon... stay tuned!

The agenda.

Get a glimpse of what your two days will look like... No worries, you'll get a detailed agenda and instructions for RSVPing of the sessions of your choice in due time.

Tuesday 2 May 2023


Peer Pods

Connect with other participants and talk about relevant trends and topics... A great way to meet others with similar interests.


Trending Topic Talks

Hear from subject matter experts what's working now and what's coming next across industries.

2 May, 10:00 - 12:30 WET

How To Keep Innovating During An Economic Crisis

Tendayi Viki | Associate Partner at Strategyzer
2 May, 10:00 - 12:30 WET

The Next Legacy

Rui Coutinho | Executive Director at Nova SBE Innovation Ecosystem
2 May, 10:00 - 12:30 WET

Your Time to Act: How Green Venturing Could Solve the Climate Emergency

Christian Lindener | Board Member in Residence at Mach49

12:30 - 13:30

Networking Lunch

Good food, great conversations... or maybe a short stroll over the nearby beach?

13:30 - 15:30

Innovators Insights

Hear from and discuss with cross-industry innovation leaders about their approach and lessons learned, so you can check how you are doing and what you could consider doing differently.

2 May 2023, 14:00 - 16:00 WET

Venture Building In A Corporation: An Unexpected Journey

Susana Jurado | Head of Wayra Builder at Telefónica
2 May 2023, 14:00 - 16:00 WET

4 Years and 1 Pandemic: Amadeus Journey Into Corporate Venturing

Marion Mesnage | EVP New Business Incubation at Amadeus
2 May 2023, 14:00 - 16:00 WET

Building a Disruptive Innovation Capability – Fostering Culture Change, and Collaborating with Startups

Greg Ombach | Head of Disruptive R&T, Senior Vice President at Airbus
2 May 2023, 14:00 - 16:00 WET

Simply Clever Innovation Management

Roman Šiser | Innovation Manager at Škoda
2 May 2023, 14:00 - 16:00 WET

Product Development Support as a Service: Reducing Friction and Releasing Value in Interface With the Mothership

Kristian Norheim Lindøe | Group Innovation Manager at DNV
2 May 2023, 14:00 - 16:00 WET

From Ideation To Market With MIND: How Delta Cafés Fostered An Innovation Culture

Catarina Jorge | Strategic Thinking Coordinator at Diverge, Grupo Nabeiro's Innovation Center
2 May 2023, 14:00 - 16:00 WET

Innovating the Grocery Store

Francisco de Almeida | Digital & Innovation Director | Executive Committee at Pingo Doce
2 May 2023, 14:00 - 16:00 WET

Regenerative Farming by Oceano Fresco. How to Scale Up Bivalves in a Sustainable Way

Frederico Reis | Executive Director & Chief Commercial Officer at Oceano Fresco
2 May 2023, 14:00 - 16:00 WET

Aliaxis Next - a Business Builder of Solutions to the World’s Water Challenges

Fredrik Östbye | CEO at Aliaxis Next
2 May 2023, 14:00 - 16:00 WET

V1 Succesful And Data-based Business Building

Karina Rempel | Head of Innovation Excellence in Digital Industries at Siemens AG
2 May 2023, 14:00 - 16:00 WET

Breaking Barriers: How to Overcome Challenges Scaling Innovation

Line Lyst | Chief Entrepreneur at GN Group
2 May 2023, 14:00 - 16:00 WET

How Do You Eat A Shape-Shifting Elephant?

Juha Nurvala | Global Manager Research and Tech Transformation at AB InBev
2 May 2023, 14:00 - 16:00 WET

How To Fail By Design

Claus von Riegen | Vice President and Head of Business Model Innovation at SAP SE
2 May 2023, 14:00 - 16:00 WET

Cruising Through Corporate-Startup Partnerships

João Mil-Homens | Innovation and Sustainability Director at Jose de Mello Group
2 May 2023, 14:00 - 16:00 WET

Innovation In A Bottle

André Campos | Head of Strategy and Acceleration at Sogrape
2 May 2023, 14:00 - 16:00 WET

Unlocking Corporate Innovation for the Energy Transition

Carla Mendonça Tavares | Head of Commercial Innovation Center at GALP
2 May 2023, 14:00 - 16:00 WET

Setting Up The Basis For Corporate Innovation, In A Global Environment

Marta Rufino | Global Innovation Director at Sigma
2 May 2023, 14:00 - 16:00 WET

Nespresso Transforming the Industry: From Empathy to Solution Design

Ozum de Rooij | Global Consumer Insight Manager at Nestlé Nespresso
2 May 2023, 14:00 - 16:00 WET

Deep Tech Exploration: How ZEISS Drives Technology to Shape Future Markets

Kai Wicker | Head of Innovation Hub Dresden at Zeiss

16:00 - 17:30

Enlightening Exchanges

Pick from several un-conference style sessions. Prefer an in-depth discussion, more active co-creation session or an inspiring talk? You choose the topic and format for a energizing end of day 1.

2 May, 16:30 - 18:00 WET

The Trojan Innovator: The Subtle Questions That Can Turn Innovation Professionals Into Powerful Cultural Catalysts

Elvin Turner | Innovation Advisor and Author of "Be Less Zombie"
2 May, 16:30 - 18:00 WET

Getting Started With Innovation Accounting: First Steps Towards Measurig Innovation.

Dan Toma | Co-Author The Corporate Startup & Innovation Accounting and Partner at OUTCOME
2 May, 16:30 - 18:00 WET

Innovation Vanguard: From "Us Versus Them" To "Together"

Bruno Pešec | The Profitable Innovation Expert
2 May, 16:30 - 18:00 WET

Stories Of Disruption

Sílvia Mota & Diogo Rodrigues | CEO at Mota Engil Next | Head of Digital Transformation at SIBS
2 May, 16:30 - 18:00 WET

Lean Scaleup: The 12 Modules For Corporate Business Building Excellence

Frank Mattes | CEO at Lean Scaleup

18:00 - 21:00

Food & Drinks

After the sessions is when the real talk starts typically... Join for food, drinks and fun and mingle with other participants - outside!

Wednesday 3 May 2023

8:00 - 9:00

Enlightening Exchanges

Pick from several un-conference style sessions. Prefer an in-depth discussion, more active co-creation session or an inspiring talk? You choose the topic and format for a fresh start of day 2.

3 May, 8:00 - 9:00 WET

Oh, This Will Never Work!

Bruno Pešec | The Profitable Innovation Expert
3 May, 8:00 - 9:00 WET

Space For Business - How Will Innovation From The New Space Economy Help Us To Be Competitive?

Luis Filipe Lages & Emir Sirage | Full Professor (Prof. Catedrático) / Director VCW Lab at Nova SBE | General Manager of the NewSpace Portugal Agenda and Programme Director Space for Business at Nova SBE
3 May, 8:00 - 9:00 WET

The Healthcare Innovation Journey: Embrace Disruption or Risk Irrelevance

Manuel Tanger & Francisca Leite | Chief Innovation Officer and co-founder at Beta-i | Head of Training, Research and Innovation at Luz Saúde
3 May, 8:00 - 9:00 WET

Painful Or Delightful? How To Booster Innovation Impact With The ISO56002 Innovation Management System

Dennis Boecker | Global IoT Innovation Lead at Bosch Group
3 May, 8:00 - 9:00 WET

“Innovation-to-business” at Schaeffler – The Goal Leads The Way

Tomas Smetana & Lysander Weiss | Senior Vice President Advanced Innovation at Schaeffler AG | Partner at venture.idea

9:30 - 14:45


Roll up your sleeves and get to work in these interactive sessions focused mostly on application and implementation. You pick the sessions covering the topic you're keen to dive into.

3 May, 9:30 - 14:45 WET

Designing Amazing Upskilling Programs

Stijn Smet | Managing Director at Verhaert Innovation Academy
3 May, 9:30 - 14:45 WET

Transform Your Corporate Innovation Capability In 75 Minutes

Jacob Dutton | Co-Founder & CEO at Future Foundry
3 May, 9:30 - 14:45 WET

Bridging Innovation Strategy And Execution: Why Most Companies Get It Wrong And What To Do About It

Dafne Sartorio | Idus de Boer | Jasper Sturtewagen | Director of Venture Building at oneUp | Managing Director at oneUp | Principal Business Designer at oneUp
3 May, 9:30 - 14:45 WET

"What's Your Problem?!" Building A Unicorn Battle Plan

Dennis List & Karen Nassif | Senior Venture Builder at Mach49 | Senior Venture Builder at Mach49
3 May, 9:30 - 14:45 WET

The Age of Creative AI: How to Innovate in the Post ChatGPT World

Vincent Pirenne | Head of Global Partnerships at Board of Innovation
3 May, 9:30 - 14:45 WET

How Can You Successfully Engage Your Communities In Your Innovation Program?

Céline Degreef | CEO at Yumana
3 May, 9:30 - 14:45 WET

Can Competitors Be Your Best Innovation Partner?

Ana Ferreira | Global Business Development Director at Beta-i
3 May, 9:30 - 14:45 WET

Enabling Catalysts To Thrive

Susie Braam | Co-Founder at Yellow Cat Innovation
3 May, 9:30 - 14:45 WET

Master The Key Ingredients Of A Prolific Innovation System: Process, People and Platform

Carlos Mendes & Leonardo Varella-Cid | Chief Product Officer at InnovationCast | Co-Founder at InnovationCast
3 May, 9:30 - 14:45 WET

Future-Proof Your Innovation Portfolio with Strategic Foresight

Tobias Heger & Sebastian Knab | Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer at Creative Dock | Director of Foresight & Strategy at Creative Dock
3 May, 9:30 - 14:45 WET

Sustainable Innovation 101

Anne-Laure Fayard & Rui Coutinho | ERA Chaired Professor in Social Innovation at NOVA SBE | Executive Director at NOVA SBE
3 May, 9:30 - 14:45 WET

How To (Not) Set Your Innovation Lab Up For Failure

Esther Gons | Founder at GroundControl & Co-Author of the Corporate Startup and Innovation Accounting

12:30 - 13:30

Networking Lunch

Eat, talk, beach walk... repeat

15:00 - 16:00

Peer Pods

We'll meet again in small groups of peers to reflect on learnings from the conference, identify next steps and align on actions.

17:00 - 18:30

Field Trips

Finally, here's your chance to explore the booming Lisbon ecosystem. Hop on the bus to various innovation hubs and innovative places in and around the city, and meet with local innovators sharing their stories. Like a schooltrip ;)

Why join?

Gain insights on trending topics and cross-industry best practices from (inter)national thought leaders.

Benchmark your approach and performance with innovators from other companies, sharing their successes, failures and everything in between.

Work on your actual challenges, guided by experts and learning from peers.

Go out and explore the local innovation ecosystem, meeting with movers and shakers and seeing innovation in action.

Leave with an updated toolbox to implement for immediate impact once back in the office.

Feel refreshed and re-energized, having met so many other inspiring innovators, committed to making things happen at your organization.

"What a great event! I learned as much from the attendees as I did from the speakers and hardly ever do speakers stay around to network after their session. I'm amazed by the format, how open, honest and authentic it was. You rarely ever get that with these types of events - well done!"

"This conference was the best in terms of content- carefully curated and very complimentary."

"It was the most useful conference/event that I’ve ever been to. I walked out of every single session having learned something useful."

"What a conference! It's now the 3rd time that I am attending an Innov8rs conference and as usual I have been amazed by the insights, the learning, the energy in the room and the amazing people I have met!"

Everything corporate innovation from A to Z

Regardless of where you are on your innovation journey, and no matter what industry you're in, we've got you covered.

From strategy and governance, to culture and capabilites, and from intrapreneurship and incubation program to venture building and open innovation- you'll dive into the most important themes crucial for innovators across industries.

With more than 30 sessions in different tracks on the agenda, you'll pick the sessions that are most relevant and interesting to you.

Besides the live sessions, you will get access to content and community online before, during and after the conference, to support with implementation once you're back in the office.

Find it hard to choose from all those value-packed sessions on the schedule?

Bring your team to gather insights from all speakers and sessions, and work with experts in dedicated 1:1 sessions to maximize outcomes.

As a team, 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. Our team packages get you 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.


"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 try to attend as many as possible. This is my tribe of lifelong learners and do-ers."

"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 itrapreneurship 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."

"Connecting with so many other innovation professionals acted as a shot of adrenaline reigniting my drive to transform our organization. Sometimes working at the front-end of innovation can be a lonely place, especially in a large 100-year-old company. Last week was a refreshing reminder that we're not alone."

Loved by participants, trusted by brands.

We're bringing together innovators since 2011. We've hosted more than 25 conferences in global innovation hubs from San Francisco to Stockholm to Shanghai to Singapore to Sydney.

Beyond the high-quality sessions and diversity of speakers, past participants valued most meeting people in jobs like them, for countless and endless conversations. Many stay connected long after the conference, always just a phone call away.

You'll meet cross-industry corporate innovators of all trades, all chasing similar objectives and facing similar challenges, across companies and industries:

  • Chief Innovation Officers, VP's of Innovation, Innovation Leaders
  • Intrapreneurs or Corporate Entrepreneurs
  • Innovation (program) Directors
  • Heads of Labs, Incubators and Accelerators
  • Corporate Venturing, Strategy and Corporate Development Managers
  • R&D and Product Development Professionals
  • HR and Organizational Transformation Leaders

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You'll connect, collaborate and co-create with peers. That's how we design the event. That's why we limit the number of participants. And past participants loved it.

Here's what your peers said about their experience.

"That was a terrific event! Thank you for all of your hard work organizing + curating a terrific group of people to attend. I just kept having great conversations over both days."

"All the sessions I participated in were amazing. Honestly, it’s very rare to attend a conference with so much enthusiasm and also the fact that it’s truly peer 2 peer."

"Hands down the best conference I’ve had the luxury of attending. I have so many more great people in my world now and have a brain bursting with new ideas and concepts to explore."

Secure Your Seat

If you have innovation in your title, this is your tribe. Join Innov8rs Lisbon for in-depth conversations, relevant connections and quality content.

What's included?

• Join 30+ sessions with experts and innovation leaders, in plenary and breakouts, covering everything corporate innovation A-Z, as well as field trips to explore the local ecosystem
Access to session recordings and additional resources for three months
Engage with other participants via our online platform before, during and after the conference
Connect and network with other participants during the conference dinner and several social events prior, during and after the conference

Individual Pass


for 1 seat


Team Pass - 3 Seats


for 3 seats


Team Pass - 5 Seats


for 5 seats


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

We are not offering seats to consultants, coaches, software firms or otherwise service providers. Only Expert Partners and members of Innov8rs Community with an Expert Pass are eligible to join this Conference. 

Are you a member of Innov8rs Community already?

As a member, you can register for this conference at a members-only discount of €995 per seat. Log in to the community platform or ask your Community Lead Gabby for further info and instructions.

Need some help?

If you'd like to understand better how participating in Innov8rs Austin 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

Venue Information

The conference is hosted at NOVA School of Business & Economics, an amazing place for learning, collaboration and innovation just outside of Lisbon (but literally at the beach).

Further information and instructions re the venue, available hotels and other logistics will be sent to you after registration.

If you have any questions, just open a chat via the blue button bottom right and we'll get back to you asap.