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Corporate Venturing for Sustainable Development Goals

In this webinar the authors of the HBR article “What holds back Corporate Social Innovators”, Thijs Gerards (Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at Utrecht University) and Maarten van Herpen (social entrepreneur), will explain why it is so hard for corporates to achieve innovations that have both business and societal payoffs and how corporates can overcome these challenges. There will also be a panel discussion where besides Maarten and Thijs also Sjaak Griffioen (Director Innovation, Sustainability and Strategy at DSM) and Ling Ling Phung (3rd author of the HBR article and Corporate Social Innovation Expert) will join the panel, sharing their insights on social innovations within corporates.

2 December 2020
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Corporate Venturing & Entrepreneurship webinar on December 2, 2020 from 15:00 – 17.00

Many corporates aspire to find innovative solutions to society’s problems as reflected in the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. Motivated by a growing sense of social responsibility and profit potential, corporates view social and ecological problems as opportunities to develop new products, services, and markets.

In this webinar the authors of the HBR article “What holds back Corporate Social Innovators”, Thijs Gerards (Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at Utrecht University) and Maarten van Herpen (social entrepreneur), explained why it is so hard for corporates to achieve innovations that have both business and societal payoffs and how corporates can overcome these challenges.

After their presentation we had interactive virtual roundtable discussions, using the same immersive virtual space we used during our Corporate Venturing & Entrepreneurship Summit 2020. During these discussions experiences and lessons learned were shared and questions were formulated for the panel Besides Maarten and Thijs also Sjaak Griffioen (Director Innovation, Sustainability and Strategy at DSM) and Ling Ling Phung (3rd author of the HBR article and Corporate Social Innovation Expert) joined the panel, sharing their insights on social innovations within corporates.

Ling Ling Phung

Ling Ling Phung

Corporate Social Innovation Expert

Ling Ling Phung is an advisor, published author, and speaker on social innovation. She is founder of a business design and innovation studio called Two Lings. She has recently been published in HBR on Corporate Social Innovation. She is the former Unilever New Businesses Unit Director for Developing and Emerging markets and has recently worked with clients in education and the tech for good space. Her portfolio of social innovations span from infant malnutrition and safe drinking water to increasing access to digital education and youth employability across markets in the US, UK, Australia, Kenya, Senegal, Mali, eSwatini, South Africa, Ghana, India, Bangladesh, and Indonesia. She is also a mentor for social enterprises with MIT’s Global Ideas Competition, UN Women’s Industry Disrupter, Plus Acumen’s Learning Lab, Unreasonable Institute and Grand Challenges Canada Accelerator. Ling Ling holds dual masters degrees from Harvard Kennedy School (MPA/ID) and MIT Sloan (MBA).

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Maarten van Herpen

Maarten van Herpen

Social entrepreneur

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

Thijs Geradts

Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship

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.

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Sjaak Griffioen

Sjaak Griffioen

Director Innovation, Sustainability and Strategy at DSM

Director Innovation, Strategy and Sustainability for DSM Resins & Functional Materials, part of the performance materials cluster of Royal DSM, the global science-based company, active in health, nutrition and materials. Sjaak started his career at Sigma Coatings (now part of PPG) and worked there for 7 years, leading the Deco and Joinery paint research group in Amsterdam. In 1995 he moved to NeoResins as Industry Manager Adhesives and Film Coatings, followed by acquiring responsibility for the Adhesives and Graphic Arts business in 2000. Sjaak moved to the US in 2007 to lead DSM’s global Architectural business. He headed the North American region for DSM Coating Resins until he assumed his current position in October 2013. As Director Innovation, Strategy and Sustainability he aims at driving economic prosperity, environmental progress and social advances to create sustainable value for all stakeholders.

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