Corporate Startup Summit & Award 2019 

TO ZURICH | Kraftwerk | 20 – 21 November, 2019

A two days conference on Corporate Startup Engagement, Collaboration & Co-Creation, Incubation & Acceleration and Intrapreneurship. The European platform #1 supports all Innovation Managers, Digital Leaders, Intrapreneurs and Change Makers in making a real impact everyday.

Since 2013 joined by Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Telekom AG, Hornbach, Lufthansa, Ricola, Bosch, Cisco, Daimler AG, DHL Deutsche Post Group, Casinos Austria, Henkel, Wayra, Schindler, Recaro, Hubert Burda Media, Axel Springer, Swiss Post, Rabobank, EON, Raiffeisenbank, Beiersdorf…

150+ participants learn from international experienced professionals, exchange on and discuss best practices with other ambitious intrapreneurs. Be inspired by Best Practice Slams, Speed-Workshops, Panels and Keynotes.

Innovation is all about PEOPLE


10 big conferences | 2000+ participants | 300+ speakers since 2013
Germany | Switzerland | Austria | Holland | United Kingdom | USA


WHY joining the Corporate Startup Summit?


“The best part of it is networking when the people are exchanging ideas, so the knowledge is flowing, new solutions are being created for the great challenges of the world. So I really enjoyed being here, being the keynote but also dialoguing with a lot of these wonderful people.”

SOLOMON DARWIN, Professor, Director, Center for Corporate Innovation @UC Berkeley-Haas School of Business


“It’s big enough to make lots of contacts and it’s small enough to go on a personal level. You really get to know the people. That is why I really appreciate this event so much.”

DR. BETTINA MAISCH, Senior Key Expert industrial Design Thinking @Siemens


“Very valuable. I’ve seen a lot of useful insights I’ll be using myself. If we want to push the boundaries, we really need to do it together, use each other’s insights to got hat mile further.”

KORS VAN WYNGAARDEN, Medical Officer @Philips HealthWorks

The 5th Corporate Startup Award puts Intrapreneurs from around Europe and their initiatives in the spotlight. The best of them will be awarded at the stage of the Corporate Startup Summit 2019.

The application will be open on 1. July – 1. November, 2019.


The Best Corporate Entrepreneurship

This category awards the best programs or projects that create framework for supporting entrepreneurship within established corporations (Intrapreneurship). We are looking for innovative concepts that offer employees new organisational and HR structures and enable them to take ownership in pursuing their own projects.


Winner 2018: Kickbox by Swisscom

The Best Corporate Incubator / Accelerator

This category awards the best corporate programs for structured collaboration with startups and onboarding of external innovations. We are looking for programs that are run by the corporation itself, through crossindustrial corporate partnerships as well as partnerships with 3rd party service providers.


Winner 2018: GenerationS Corporate Accelerator

The Best Corporate Startup

 This category awards the best entrepreneurial projects run as an “internal startup” by the employees and in many cases in a team with external experts as a close partnership. We are looking for projects that were spinned off from the corporation as well as those that are embedded within existing corporate structures, developed in a “startup-like” way and enjoy lot of freedom and flexibility.


Winner 2018: Club School Migros

The Most Impactful Intrapreneur

 This category awards the pioneer intrapreneurs that pro-actively drive the change through diverse projects and initiatives from within established structures. These candidates are ideally recognized as leaders in their domain and are nominated by their colleagues for their impact.


Winner 2018: David Hengartner, Swisscom

Topics and Agenda 2019

intense peer-to-peer exchange and networking

Corporate Startup Engagement

Innovation & Startup Business INTELLIENCE – Data Driven Startup Scouting – STARTUP OUTPOST – Co-Creation – Engagement MODELS


Tools for Intrapreneurs – Cultural Change – Intrapreneurship BOOTCAMPS & PROGRAMS – Intrapreneurial Transformation – Intrapreneurial LEADERSHIP – Identifying & Retaining Intrapreneurs – Startup Knowledge Transfer

Incubation & Acceleration

OPEN Innovation – Corporate Lean Startup – Corporate Startups – EVOLUTION of ACCELERATOR MODEL – Company Builders


Best practice Slam





We are working on Agenda 2019 to amaze you.
Below you can read through the program we had last year.



  Event Space Command Room Basecamp K6 Basecamp K8
12:30 – 13:00
Come together
13:00 – 13:15 Welcome & Opening Day 1
by Lukas Strniste, Founder @CorporateStartupSummit
13:15 – 13:45 ICE – Breaking
by Tirza Hollenhorst, CEO @Luman, USA 
13:45 – 14:30



by Solomon Darwin, Professor, Director, Center for corporate innovation @UC Berkley-Haas School of Business


14:30 – 14:45 Coffee Break
14:45 – 15:30 PANEL “The EVOLUTION of Intrapreneurship”
by Lukas Strniste, Founder and CEO @StartupZoom
– Matthias Patz, Vice President of Innovation & New Ventures @DB Systel
– Christopher Waldner, Entrepreneur. Intrapreneur. Digital Doer
– Jeremy Basset, CEO @Co:CUBED
– Alex Nusselt, NewWorker, Intrapreneur & Catalyst @SIEMENS
15:30 – 15:45 Coffee Break  
15:45 – 18:00

PANEL “Venture Capital as Catalyst for Corp./Startup Partnerships?”
by Lukas André, Managing Partner Switzerland @Redstone, CH

duration 45min

– Claudia Bienentreu, Head Open Innovation
@AXA Schweiz 
Olivier Laplace, Investment director
@Swiss Post
– Stefan Kuentz, Investment director
@Swisscom Ventures
Arif Hatip @Körber Digital


Networking Zone

Best Practice Slam:

  • “Pioniergeist at it’s best: how we foster intrapreneurship @innogy – A case Study” by Sebastian Hopp, Director of opportunities @Innigy SE and Thomas Hartman, @str84wd Products 
  • “No Bla, Just Do – Turn Employees Into Intrapreneurs With Swisscom Kickbox” by David Hengartner, Head of Intrapreneurship @Swisscom Kickbox
  • “Moving beyond process and goals in corporate entrepreneurship” by Steffen Raetzer 
  • “What thrives intrapreneurship in the corporates?” by
    Rajkumar Ragupathy, Intrapreneur @ Harman International
  • “How to flourish Intrapreneurship – tree key success factors” by Roland Keller, Head of innovation culture @Swiss Post
Facilitated Peer Group 

“Scalability Tricks: Business Model Scalability Matrix and more”   

by Felix Hofmann, CEO @BMI Labs

max. 20 participants  

Facilitated Peer Group 

“Why would Startups work with you? Crafting your Partner Brand” 


by Jeremy Basset, CEO @Co:CUBED, UK  


max. 20 participants  

18:00 – 19:00 Dinner and Networking
powered by the 
Kaspersky Lab Incubator
19:00 – 19:30

Fireside chat “Same same but different? An overview of Swisscom’s innovation landscape”

with Roger Wüthrich-Hasenböhler, Chief Digital Officer @Swisscom and Stefan Schöbi, Head Engagement @Migros

19:30 – 20:30

Corporate Startup Award Ceremony

  • “The Best Corporate Entrepreneurship”
  • “The Best Corporate Incubator/Accelerator”
  • “The Best Corporate Startup”
  • “The Most Impactful Intrapreneur”
20:30 – Open end

powered by the Kaspersky Lab Incubator



  Event Space Command Room Basecamp K6 Basecamp K8
9:00 – 10:00 Breakfast & Networking

facilitated session by Tirza Hollenhorst, CEO @Luman, USA

10:00 – 10:15 Opening Day 2
by Lukas Strniste, Founder @CorporateStartupSummit
10:15 – 11:00 PANEL
“Open Innovation: ​waste of time or key success factor?” by Stefan Schöbi, Head Engagement @Migros, CH  – Laura Erickson, Head Innovation & Sustainability @Swissnex San Francisco
– Rasmus Nutzhorn, Founder @Human&kind
– Dr. Kristian Mjoen, Project Manager University City 3.0 hos Trondheim kommune @Trondheim kommune
“Identifying the right Startups” 
by Anton Schilling, Manager @Pioneers Discover, AT

11:00 – 11:15 Coffee break  
11:15 – 13:15

How to identify great opportunities and invest in them professionally”

by Daniel Ginter, Senior Director @digitalswitzerland, CH

– Andreas Iten, Head Corporate Ventures @SIX Group
– Dr. Patrick Griss, Executive Partner @Zühlke Ventures AG
– Tatjana de Kerros, Head of Venturing @RicoLab
– Katka Letzing, Program & FinTech Lead @kickstart-accelerator

Best Practice Slam “Innovation insights”

– “Do’s and don’ts in corporate innovation” by Vartan Minasyan, Head of Investment & Innovation @Kaspersky Lab

“Mi Casa es su Casa – Co-Creation as the future of digital product development” by Denis Danielyan, Co-founder @ gravity & storm

Best Practice Slam:
“Corporate Startup Engagement”

  • “How to make a Lion fly”
    by Kai Kunze, Founder and CEO @LINGS, powered by Generali 
  • “Increasing the success rate of developing startup-corporate partnerships by a structured program to build and validate a joint value story” by Kors van Wyngaarden, Medical Officer @Philips HealthWorks
  • Leading the next industrial revolution through global startup engagement” by Torsten Kolid, Co-Founder & CEO @YouNoodle, Inc. USA and Jean-Luc Beylat, VP Global Innovation Ecosystem partnership @Nokia Bells Lab
  • “Boosting passion for innovation and new business at Bosch” by Dr. André Hedler, Vice President “Home of Innovation and Start-ups” @Bosch Automotive Electronics
Facilitated Peer Group 

“NEUROscience methodology for creativity BOOST”   

by Katja Samara, Head of Partner Innovation Program and Business Developer @NTNU Accel, Norway

max. 20 participants  

13:15 – 14:00 Lunch Break  


Networking zone

Best Practice Slam:
“Incubation & Acceleration”

  • “Innovation via Incubator and Accelerator – Does it really work? Insights from reality” by Holger Greif, Partner and Head of Digital Transformation @PwC Switzerland
  • Helping global corporations to make use of Russian innovations: the Skolkovo approach” by Kirill Kaem, Senior Vice President for Innovations @ Skolkovo Foundation and Kira Blong, Medical Director of Russia and Eurasia @AstraZeneca
  • “Purpose Driven Innovation at the Siemens Intrapreneurs Bootcamp” by Dr. Bettina Maisch, Senior Key Expert industrial Design Thinking @Siemens
  • “Transforming Corporate Incubators: case of hub:raum” by Axel Menneking, VP Startup Incubation and Venturing @Telekom
Facilitated Peer Group 

«Strategic Sustaining Innovation and Beyond»   

by Pascal Miserez, Senior Partner @evitive, Swiss

max. 20 participants  

Facilitated Peer Group 

“Your next corporate venture idea, in 2 hours”   

 by Thomas Van Halewyck, founding partner @bundl, Belgium

max. 20 participants  



Key-learnings consolidation by Tirza Hollenhorst @Luman, USA
Wrap-up by Lukas Strniste, Founder @Corporate Startup Summit





Why Innovation and Startup Ecosystem Workshop?
Developing and maintaining a working innovation ecosystem is an essential task of any company aiming for sustainable growth in an uncertain future. An innovation ecosystem is build up by mutually dependent elements that enable intrapreneurs, entrepreneurs and innovators to generate, test and implement new ideas.

Building and maintaining a innovation or startup ecosystem is very complex. This workshop will give you a head start for new inititives and a n orientation for existing ones.

Challenges for successful innovation ecosystem
1. Option Overload – Decision makers require measurable results but are very often overwhelmed by the amount of proposed possible innovation initiatives.
2. Innovation Alignment – Lack of alignment and common understanding among the stakeholders that negatively influences the communication and efficient allocation of  resources
3. Innovation Silos – Missing transparency and information about best practices within and outside the organisation

Key learnings
1. Understanding and communication the current status of your innovation and startup ecosystem.
2. Identification and priority setting of challenges in your innovation and startup ecosystem as well as allocation of resources.
3. Definition of metrics to be implemented based on best practices.

Target Group
Innovators from established companies from the following areas Innovation Management, Corporate Strategy & Development, Business Development, Product Development etc.

Past Participants
Deutsche Telekom, AXA, Volksbanken-Raiffeisenbanken, YelloStrom, TÜV Rheinland, Bosch, E.ON

Speakers 2018

Solomon Darwin

Professor, Director, Center for Corporate Innovation @UC Berkeley-Haas School of Business

Matthias Patz

Vice President Innovation & New Ventures @DB Systel

Daniel Ginter

Senior Director Corporate Enablement @digitalswitzerland

Dr. Kristian Mjøen

Project Manager @University City 3.0, Adviser to the CEO @City of Trondheim

Katja Samara

Head of Partner Innovation Program and Business Developer @NTNU Accel

Kai Kunze

Founder and CEO @LINGS, powered by Generali

Thomas Hartmann

Business Validation & Creation, Incubation&Acceleration Program @str84wd Products

Andreas Iten

Head @SIX FinTech Ventures, Co-Founder & Member of the Board @F10

Kirill Kaem

Senior Vice-President of Innovation @Skolkovo Foundation

Kira Blong

Medical Director Russia& Eurasia @AstraZeneca

Tatjana de Kerros

Head of Venturing @Ricolab, Board Member @Swiss ICT Investors Club

Holger Greif

Partner & Head of Digital Transformation @PwC Switzerland

Dr. André Hedler

Vice President “Home of Innovation and Start-ups” @Bosch Automotive Electronics

Arif Hatip

Head of Corporate Venturing and External Innovations @Körber Digital

Laura Erickson

Head of Innovation & Sustainability @swissnex San Francisco

Jean-Luc Beylat

VP Global Innovation Ecosystem partnership @Nokia Bell Labs



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on sale till July 31, 2019

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