Executive Director at IESE Business School
The second Corporate Venturing & Entrepreneurship Summit - Academics Meet Practitioners, is a one-day summit which brings together the latest insights on corporate venturing & entrepreneurship, both from a practitioner as well as from an academic perspective.
After a successful first summit on June 27th, 2019, Corporate Venturing Network, University of Tilburg and Erasmus University decided to organize this summit yearly.
This year, the second CVES summit will be held on September 29th at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. Professionals from corporates and researchers from academia from all over Europe will share their knowledge and experiences on the different aspects of Corporate Venturing. It is a unique opportunity to network with corporate venturing professionals, researchers and VC’s.
For practitioners, the added value is to be inspired by good practices from peers and the latest academic insights. For academics, this conference is particularly interesting as it will help them to increase their awareness of contemporary issues in corporate venturing practice, thereby increasing the impact of their work.
The programme offers a mix of keynote speakers and tandem sessions in which a topic will be discussed from an academic as well as from a practical point of view.
- Driving Innovation through Internal and External Ventures -
- Paradoxes in corporate venture capital -
- Corporate Venture Capital Investments at Henkel: A Finance Perspective -
- Corporate investments and product market competition -
- Scaling-Up: Generating Impact from Corporate Innovation Ventures -
- From Venture Capital to Venture Client: how corporates profit from venture capital -
- Designing Innovation Ecosystems: the Ecosystem Pie Model -
- Corporate Social Innovation & Intrapreneurship -
- The 7 Myths of Corporate Venturing -
Josemaria Siota is the Executive Director of IESE Business School's Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center, and has been designated Expert on Corporate Venturing at the European Commission and the World Economic Forum. He leads cutting-edge research on open innovation, corporate venturing and technology transfer, working around the world with successful Chief Innovation Officers and top-tier academics, to create a positive impact in society.
Considered "one of the world's most influential speakers on corporate venturing" by the newspaper South China Morning Post, he has published books and studies on these topics for Harvard Business Review, MIT Technology Review, PwC, Oliver Wyman, the European Commission, McGraw-Hill, Springer, Forbes, and more. He spoke at conferences in Harvard Business School, London Business School, Mobile World Congress, Web Summit, Global Corporate Venturing Symposium, to name a few. Previously, he worked at Deloitte.
Title of the talk: The 7 Myths of Corporate Venturing
Since 2013 the number of corporate investments in startups has nearly tripled from 980 in 2013 to 2,795 in 2018, and their value has risen from $19 to $180 billion. Yet the success rate of initiatives such as corporate investments, venture builders and corporates accelerators is low. Research we conducted with 350+ chief innovation officers shows that around three quarters of these initiatives fail. Discover the lessons learnt by the one quarter that succeed.Linkedin profile Close window
Rob van Leen is a tenured expert in the food ingredients, biotechnological and chemical space, with more than 30 years' experience in the field. Currently, he is on the Supervisory Boards of RegMed XB (since 2019), Houdstermaatschappij Zuid-Holland (since 2017) and Merus (since 2016). He is also serving as Chairman of the Supervisory Board for NV Industriebank LIOF (since 2019, member since 2018)). Rob was employed at Koninklijke DSM N.V. for over twenty years between 1998 and 2019 in a range of roles. Between, 2006 and 2019, Rob held the position of Chief Innovation Officer, also serving as member of the Executive Committee from 2015 until August 2019. He was previously the Business Group Director for DSM Food Specialties between 2003 and 2006, and Business Unit Director for Dairy Ingredients between 1999 and 2003. Before joining DSM, Rob was Research & Development Director for Food Specialties at Gist-Brocades NV between 1995 and 1999. Other jobs at Gist-brocades in the period 1987 - 1999 include roles as research scientist in biotechnology related topics in food, pharma and industrial enzymes, strategic planning and a commercial role in industrial enzymes.
Title of the talk: Driving Innovation through Internal and External Ventures
A view on driving innovation after more than a decade of experience with internal and external venturesLinkedin profile Close window
Anu Wadhwa is an Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship in the department of Management and Entrepreneurship at Imperial College London. Anu’s research examines patterns and processes of entrepreneurship in established firms, the impact of corporate entrepreneurship on organizational innovation, how entrepreneurial actors make decisions under extreme uncertainty and how pre-entry experience and knowledge impact post-entry innovation choices and outcomes. Her research has been published in leading international journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of Management, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Product Innovation Management and Industrial and Corporate Change. Her work has also appeared in the Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, and the AoM Best Paper Proceedings.Linkedin profile Close window
Deepa is heading the SAP Next-Gen Innovation Network in Munich. SAP Next-Gen is a vibrant community for “innovation with purpose” related to the UN Global Goals of sustainability with SAP’s strategic and most innovative customers, high class Universities with their Entrepreneurship Centers, top-notch StartUps and successful Venture Firms to jointly drive future innovation.
In this role is mainly focusing on corporate innovation initiatives and driving those using an open ecosystem approach. She is Representing SAP (as a founding partner) in the Steering
Commitee of de:hub mobility and Chairperson of BVDW (Bundesverband Digitale Wirtschaft) for “Connected Mobility. In addition she is Digital Advisory Board Member at a
"Hidden Champion" in the logistic industry.
Markku Maula is Professor of Venture Capital, Head of the Institute of Strategy and Venturing, and Deputy Head (Research) of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Aalto University, Finland. His research interests include venture capital, corporate venturing, mergers and acquisitions, and, more generally, the intersections of strategy, entrepreneurship, international business, innovation, and corporate finance. His research has been published in refereed journals including Academy of Management Journal, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Business Venturing, MIS Quarterly, Organization Science, Research Policy, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, and Strategic Management Journal. He serves as Editor of Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice. He was the Founding Director of Aalto Ventures Program, has served in many scientific committees and organizations, and acted as an advisor to many firms and government agencies in issues related to his areas of expertise.
Title of the talk: Paradoxes in corporate venture capital
Corporate venture capital is an important phenomenon, but rife with tensions. We examine the progress during the past four decades in understanding these tensions and paradoxes and discuss their practical implications and avenues for future research.Linkedin profile Close window
Vareska van de Vrande is Professor of Collaborative Innovation and Business Venturing at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM)
Vareska joined RSM in 2007 after completing a PhD in Industrial Engineering and Management Science at the Eindhoven University of Technology. Her expertise focuses on the areas of corporate venturing and collaborative innovation, including external technology sourcing, corporate venture capital investments, strategic alliances, and corporate-startup collaboration. Other research interests include (corporate) entrepreneurship, patents, and venture capital. She has published articles in leading academic journals, including the Strategic Management Journal, Research Policy, the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, the Journal of Product Innovation Management, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, and the Journal of Business Venturing. At RSM, Vareska teaches courses and modules in Strategic Management and Corporate Venturing at the graduate and post-experience level.
In addition, Vareska is also the director of the Part-time PhD Programme in Management at RSM, a visiting professor at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland, and a certified LEGO SERIOUS PLAY facilitatorLinkedin profile Close window
Geert Duysters is professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Tilburg University. He currently acts as Dean of the Tilburg School of Economics and Management (TISEM). He has worked with many multinationals, NGOs and governmental organizations all over the world on topics like Strategic Alliances, Corporate Entrepreneurship and Blockchain. As an entrepreneur he established 3 Internet companies.Linkedin profile Close window
Corina is the Managing Director of Corporate Venturing Network and auteur of the book “Corporate Venturing, managing the innovation family”. Over the past 25 years, Corina has held a spectrum of strategic management, business development and financial management positions. She has worked in different functional areas, in start-up environments as well as in established business settings. Her company the Innovation Family supports several large corporations on Corporate Venturing and New Business Creation. She regularly lectures as a guest speaker across several international universities and business schools and speaks at international conferences and seminars.Linkedin profile Close window
Robert is heading the venture capital activities of Henkel where he is responsible for all finance and investment related topics. His investment track record includes >20 early stage investments. His technology focus is on Marketplaces B2B, B2C & D2C, AI, SaaS and his industry focus on Consumer Goods and Material Science. He has structured Henkel’s venturing activities with a commitment of 150 M€ and is part of the founding team of Henkel Ventures.
He is a board member on several startups and has more than 15 years of experience in the financing and investment space. He has a demonstrated history of working in investment banking and different M&A positions and established himself through various roles in the venture capital and startup community. He is a strong believer in founder centricity and capital intelligence and a passionate angel investor & mentor.
He holds a Ph.D. in management from University of St. Gallen in finance and accounting. He graduated from HHL - Leipzig Graduate School of Management in business administration and management.
Title of his presentation: Corporate Venture Capital Investments at Henkel: A Finance PerspectiveLinkedin profile Close window
Dr. Marco Da Rin is Associate Professor of Finance at Tilburg University. He holds a BA and a MSc in economics from Bocconi University, and a Ph.D. in Economics at Stanford University. He held positions at the London School of Economics, at IGIER (Bocconi University), at Turin University, and at the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona. He is the author of Fundamental of Entrepreneurial Finance (with Thomas Hellmann), Oxford University Press, 2020. His research focuses on entrepreneurial finance, entrepreneurship, venture capital and private equity, and on public policy for entrepreneurship. His academic articles have been published in leading scholarly journals including the Journal of Financial Economics, the Review of Financial Studies, the Journal of Financial Intermediation, the Journal of the European Economic Association, and the Journal of Public Economics. Some of his articles have won scholarly prizes. His research has been covered by the business press, including The Economist, Forbes.com, venture capital and private equity online magazines, and national business papers. He has been an invited keynote speaker at industry and academic conferences. He has also been a consultant to several international organizations, and has contributed to several start-ups.
Title of the talk: - Corporate investments and product market competition -Linkedin profile Close window
Dr. Ralph-Christian Ohr focuses on advancing modern corporate innovation management. He has specialized in helping companies build future-proof Dual Innovation management systems and generate business impact from innovation. Ralph is co-author of the book "Scaling-Up: Turn Innovation Concepts into Business Impact" which was co-created in a peer group of leading European companies. He is a distinguished Top Innovation Blogger, running his awarded 'Integrative Innovation' blog. Prior to his consulting work, Ralph held senior management positions in Corporate Innovation and Development with large companies and SMEs across various industries, such as Energy, Thin Film Technology, Semiconductor and Mobility among others.
Title of the talk: Scaling-Up: Generating Impact from Corporate Innovation Ventures
Innovation is high on every company’s agenda. However, sobering data contradicts this ambition: 85-90% of corporate ventures fail or do not generate relevant business impact. Why is that? Given a company’s potential to provide the venture with an ‘unfair advantage’, failure rate should be lower. The presentation gives insights into the root causes of this ‘Scaling-Up Problem’ and how to solve it. Finally, actions for companies on how to build their ‘Scaling-Up’ capability are suggested.Linkedin profile Close window
Professor Jansen is scientific director of the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship (www.ece.nl). This center provides a unique platform that ranges from scholarly insights about (corporate) entrepreneurship and new opportunities, startup campuses for ambitious entrepreneurs, to exciting executive programs for leading and initiating entrepreneurial behaviors within established organizations.
His research on strategic leadership, organizational learning and absorptive capacity, organizational ambidexterity and corporate entrepreneurship has been published in various academic journals including the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Leadership Quarterly, Management Science, Organization Science, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, and Strategic Management Journal . Moreover, his research has received recognition throughout the field and several accolades including the ERIM best paper award, the ERIM best dissertation award, and the SAP best strategy paper. He is a recipient of the Erasmus Research Fellowship. Professor Jansen is currently an associate editor of the Journal of Management Studies and serves on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review and the Strategic Management Journal.
Based on the impact of his research, professor Jansen has recently been named as one of the most influential scientific minds worldwide by Thomson Reuters. Regarded as ' Hot Research', the ideas generated by and outcomes of Jansen's work have affected the future of management research in important new ways. Professor Jansen has also been named as one of the top-100 leading professors in the field of entrepreneurship, and noted to be one of the individuals cultivating the leaders of tomorrow.
Title of his presentation: “How to sustain high-growth over time? Insights into Dynamic Capabilities of Scale-ups”.
Despite growing interest in high-growth firms (HGFs), insights about how such firms achieve and sustain high growth over time are lacking. In our inductive case study of one of the most successful HGFs in the Netherlands, Takeaway, we found that strategic leaders take deliberate actions to enact growth opportunities and resolving complexity through building and bundling specific dynamic capabilities.Linkedin profile Close window
Johannes Grabowski is working since 2005 for the Bosch group and since 2013 is focusing on innovation, e.g. in building up spin-offs in the silicon valley. He built up an accelerator that won several innovation awards and taught business model development at the University of Reutlingen. In 2018, he transitioned to Robert Bosch Venture Capital where he started to build up a global startup partnering program for the Bosch Group
Title of the talk: From Venture Capital to Venture Client - how corporates profit from venture captial
Focus: Overview of various formats of engagements between corporates and venture capital / venture capital backed startups. Implementation of a global venture client model within the Bosch groupLinkedin profile Close window
Georges (Sjoerd) Romme is a Full Professor and Chair of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His scholarly work focuses on organization design, technology entrepreneurship, new business development, and organizational learning and renewal. Professor Romme’s research aims to develop a design mindset among management and entrepreneurship scholars. As such, he has been one of the original pioneers who brought the design sciences to the field of management and entrepreneurship, for which he received several awards (e.g. the Distinguished Scholar-Practitioner Award of the Academy of Management). His fascination with science for design is evident from his work on designing circular organizations, educational systems producing deep learning, innovation ecosystems, and incubation environments for technology startups. Together with many TU/e colleagues and professors from other universities, Georges currently supervises a large number of doctoral students working on innovation management projects in the area of the energy transition, circularity of power, innovation ecosystem management, and related topics.
Title of the talk: Designing Innovation Ecosystems: the Ecosystem Pie ModelLinkedin profile Close window
Maarten van Herpen, former founder of Philips Africa Innovation Hub, has served as the unit’s director for five years, working with a team of corporate social intrapreneurs on inclusive health innovation (explored 35 innovations of which 5 transitioned-to-scale). He has now founded Acacia Impact Innovation to continue his career as an innovation consultant and social entrepreneur to help social impact innovators & funders be more successful, especially in the field of inclusive and humanitarian innovation. He has recently worked with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and with the European Commission, and is supporting a number of social enterprises including www.inuka.io (a start-up in mental health).
Throughout his career, he has combined his technical and business background and has extensive experience in public-private collaboration. He is known for his many innovative ideas and entrepreneurial mindset, that resulted in a large number of patents (>100 granted patents) and new business models. Maarten served on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council for Social Innovation, and he is an alumnus of the Global Young Academy of Science (200 young scholars who combine excellence in research with a demonstrated passion for delivering positive social impact). He holds a PhD in physics and master’s degree in business innovation.
Title of the talk: Corporate Social Innovation & Intrapreneurship
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Thijs Geradts is an Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship at the Utrecht School of Economics and a PhD candidate at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. His research focuses on sustainable internal corporate venturing and social intrapreneurship inside large multinational corporations, among which AkzoNobel, Interface, Johnson & Johnson, Pearson, Philips, UBS and Unilever. Previously he was appointed as a visiting associate at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School, a research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, and a visiting fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.Linkedin profile Close window