Not just another 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 actually learn and do stuff.

You're busy- and you have a long list of to do's to tackle. We're here to support you achieving better results, faster.

We design our conferences for you to

— have in-depth conversations with a select group of other innovation leaders and do-ers who speak the same language
— establish relevant connections that you actually want to follow up with after the conference
— get a full download of best and next practices in just 2 days so you leave with actionable insights to implement once back in the office


Work with the best.

A first overview of sessions and speakers confirmed. More coming soon... stay tuned!

14 September
9:00 - 9:30

Kick Off & Welcome

14 September
9:30 - 11:00

Topical Peer to Peer Roundtables

14 September
11:30 - 13:00

Trending Topic Talks

14 September 2022, 11:30 - 13:00 CEST

Six Shifts Shaping the Future of Innovation

Tiffany Vasilchik | Chief Growth Officer at Board of Innovation
14 September 2022, 11:30 - 13:00 CEST

Idea Management Is Dead, Long Live Idea Execution

David Hengartner | CEO & Co-Founder at rready
14 September 2022, 11:30 - 13:00 CEST

Innovation Leadership: It‘s About People? It Always Has Been!

Yannic Metz | Managing Director at mantro product studio
14 September 2022, 11:30 - 13:00 CEST

Portfolio Management for Effective Innovation

Huub Rutten | Co-founder and Vice President Product Research and Design at Sopheon

14 September
14:00 - 17:30

Innovators Insights Talks

14 September 2022, 14:00 - 17:30 CEST

Cisco’s Incubation Zone: New Business Creation, Year Two

Mathilde Durvy | Innovation Lead at Cisco
14 September 2022, 14:00 - 17:30 CEST

From Blockchain Banking to Autonomous Automotive: My Lessons From Innovating in Different Domains

Maarten Korz | Head of Innovation Lab, Commercial Vehicle Division at ZF
14 September 2022, 14:00 - 17:30 CEST

An Early Stage Open Innovation Approach at Telefónica

Susana Jurado Apruzzese | Head of Wayra Builder & Head of Telefónica Open Innovation Campus
14 September 2022, 14:00 - 17:30 CEST

Upgrading A Business Model Incubator to Diligent Entrepreneurship

Steve Kopp | Head at Nexwave Incubation Office, Chairman at the Amadeus Executive Incubation Board at Amadeus
14 September 2022, 14:00 - 17:30 CEST

Ambidextrous Organizations: Venture Building at Migros

Timo Hahn | Chief Venture Officer at Sparrow Ventures
14 September 2022, 14:00 - 17:30 CEST

An Intro to Innovation Network Design

Shachaf Snir | Director of Internal Innovation at Clalit Health Services
14 September 2022, 14:00 - 17:30 CEST

Danilo Raponi

Danilo Raponi | Group Head of Innovation at Generali, Managing Director of Generali’s Innovation Fund
14 September 2022, 14:00 - 17:30 CEST

From Silos to Collaboration: The Story of a 150-Year-Old Insurer

Joel Agard & Stuart Domingos | Innovation Director at Zurich Group Innovation / Head of Group Innovation at Zurich Insurance Group
14 September 2022, 14:00 - 17:30 CEST

Innovation In Regulatory-Driven Organizations – How to Break the Rules Without Breaking Them

Sascha Doelker | Head of Digitization Management at Deutsche WertpapierService Bank
14 September 2022, 14:00 - 17:30 CEST

Open Innovation – How Corporates and Startups Can Successfully Work Together

Claudia Bienentreu & Ivan Brustlein | Head Open Innovation at AXA Switzerland / CEO & Founder at Swibeco
14 September 2022, 14:00 - 17:30 CEST

How to Establish Effective Innovation Management in Mid-Sized Companies – Insights from SPIEGEL-Gruppe

Dr. Kerstin Fröhlich | Head of Innovation and New Business @ SPIEGEL-Gruppe
14 September 2022, 14:00 - 17:30 CEST

Hej, Ciao, Hallo and Hello! – Joining Cross-Company Forces to Solve Common Challenges In An International Innovation Lab

Christoph Hunziker | Head of Innovation at La Mobilière
14 September 2022, 14:00 - 17:30 CEST

Intrapreneurship - a Magnifying Glass for Innovation Blockers

Aleks Petkov-Georgieva | Senior Innovation Manager at Raiffeisen Bank
14 September 2022, 14:00 - 17:30 CEST

An Idea Execution Program in the Insurance Industry

Dominic Brügger & Luca Ambühl | Innovation Consultant Transformation & Technology at Zurich Insurance / Senior Business Architect P&C Transformation & Technology at Zurich Insurance
14 September 2022, 14:00 - 17:30 CEST

Developing New Business Models With KICKBOX

Karel van Eechoud | Senior Innovation Manager at Implenia
14 September 2022, 14:00 - 17:30 CEST

How to build a Green Innovation Strategy

Patricia Kroondijk | Director of Strategy and Business Development at Hitachi
14 September 2022, 14:00 - 17:30 CEST

Bang for the Buck: Your KPI's to Measure Intrapreneurship Success

Michael Hunkeler | Head of Intrapreneurship at Swisscom Kickbox
14 September 2022, 14:00 - 17:30 CEST

A Framework For De-Risking Innovation, Towards Sustainable Success

Tonja Hofer-Erismann | Global Head of Research, Insights & Incubation at SAP Intelligent Enterprise Institute
14 September 2022, 14:00 - 17:30 CEST

Transformation in Times of Crises

Stephanie Naegeli | Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer at SV Group

14 September
19:00 - 22:00

Networking Drinks & Dinner

15 September
9:00 - 15:30

Learning Labs

15 September 2022, 09:00 - 15:30 CEST

Making Innovation Measurable

René Cattin | Innovation Coach at InnoArchitects
15 September 2022, 09:00 - 15:30 CEST

How To Get Pre-Scaling Validation Right

Frank Mattes & Steve Kopp | Co-Founder at The Lean Scaleup I Head at Nexwave Incubation Office, Chairman at the Amadeus Executive Incubation Board
15 September 2022, 09:00 - 15:30 CEST

Innovation Talent Can 3x Your Business Results. Are You Using Yours?

Suzan Briganti & Rainer Petek | CEO & Founder at Swarm Vision / Strategic Advisor & Keynote Speaker
15 September 2022, 09:00 - 15:30 CEST

Organizing A Scalable Engine for Innovation

Stijn Smet | Managing Director at Verhaert Academy
15 September 2022, 09:00 - 15:30 CEST

Start Executing Employee Ideas Today With KICKBOX

Dave Hengartner & André Riner | CEO & Co-Founder at rready I Account Executive at rready
15 September 2022, 09:00 - 15:30 CEST

Setting Up Your Second System- The Basics of Innovation Accounting In Practice

Esther Gons | CEO and Co-Founder at GroundControl and co-author of Innovation Accounting
15 September 2022, 09:00 - 15:30 CEST

The Decade of "Business Ecosystems" - How To Avoid 7 Common Traps

Alex Pesjak | Initiator and Co-founder at ANDfutureproof
15 September 2022, 09:00 - 15:30 CEST

Dimensional Design - A New Approach to Targeting Your Best Consumers

Vincent Pirenne | Partner - Head of Global Partnerships at Board of Innovation
15 September 2022, 09:00 - 15:30 CEST

Foresight-Driven Innovation: From Futurist Visions to Getting Stuff Done

Tobias Heger | Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer at Creative Dock Group
15 September 2022, 09:00 - 15:30 CEST

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

Dafne Sartorio, Gabriel Faerstein & Jasper Sturtewagen | Director of Venture Building at oneUp / Venture Builder at oneUp / Senior Business Designer at oneUp
15 September 2022, 09:00 - 15:30 CEST

Grow Beyond Core With Blue Ocean Strategy

Ioan Carpus | Innovation Partner at Six Paths Consulting

15 September
16:00 - 18:00

Field Trips

House of Insurtech - a leading Insurtech hub by shaping and nurturing partnerships between corporates and start-ups to accelerate and scale corporate innovation

University Hospital Zurich Health Innovation Hub & Bio-Technopark - accelerating novel healthcare solutions to improve patients’ lives

Givaudan Innovation Centre - where Givaudan and its customers and partners research and cocreate innovative solutions for the food, beverage and consumer goods industries

AI Retailer Systems - empowering European retailers to deliver a 24/7 in-store shopping experience through AI

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 Zurich 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. Check here for more info and instructions.

Need some help?

If you'd like to understand better how participating in Innov8rs Zurich 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 Ambassador Conference House. We will arrange for transportation from a central spot in Zurich city centre to the conference location.

Ambassador House
Thurgauerstrasse 101 a
8152 Opfikon

Further information and instructions 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.