This is a session at Innov8rs New York, 1 August 2019

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Driving Venture Innovation Inside Large Corporates: Lessons From the Field

This session will explore how to hold onto a start-up philosophy in a corporate environment. We will discuss this and the lessons we learnt after 3 years of running an internal incubator focused on reaching new markets in the edtech and the future of work sectors; the successes, the failures, and the benefits in support of a long-term innovation strategy.

Teodora Berkova

VP, Global Sustainability & Innovation at Pearson

Teodora is a change agent with extensive experience of leading global teams and programs in purpose-led innovation. Currently she is VP of Global Sustainability & Innovation at Pearson, one of the world’s largest learning companies focused on helping people of all ages make progress in their lives through learning. In this role she leads a team of technical experts responsible for integrating social, economic, and environmental issues into business strategy, while exploring and testing new cutting-edge learning solutions that enable a sustainable future for Pearson. Teodora drives forward Pearson’s strategy and investments in the development of business models for new markets and underserved customers, working with other internal Pearson teams to imagine, research, analyze and invent the next industry-changing solutions to advance learning and employability. The Sustainability & Innovation team looks to the future and focuses on making the seemingly impossible, possible.

Teodora joined Pearson from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), where she worked with corporates and social enterprises on business models that deliver both social and commercial returns. Prior to that she worked as a corporate sustainability consultant in Beirut, Lebanon, and in New York City with the East Harlem Tutorial Program, a non-profit organization that runs after-school programs and public charter schools for low-income students.

Teodora has a B.A. in Political Studies and Human Rights from Bard College, and an M.A. from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Originally from Bulgaria she spent much of her early life in New York City and has worked in countries throughout the Global South and North. She is a Global Fellow at the League of Intrapreneurs, Business Council member of the Tent Foundation, and a member of the Global Advisory Board of the Social Innovation Academy (a European Union initiative).