Corporate Startup Summit & Award 2019 

TO ZURICH | Kraftwerk | 20 – 21 November, 2019

A two days conference this year will focus on business Ecosystems, Collaboration & Co-Creation, Intrapreneurship and Corporate Startup Engagement. 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.
Please contact in case of any questions.
Jury: Lukas Strniste, Founder @StartupZoom and Corporate Startup Summit / Dr. Damian Borth, Professor @Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning, Institut of Computer Science (ICS-HSG) / Matthias Zwingli, Startup Ecosystem Builder @digitalswitzerland


– Shortlist 2019 – 
(Winners will be announced on November 20, 2019)

The Best Corporate Entrepreneurship:
– OSRAM Digital Launchpad by OSRAM
– DigiVision by Volkswagen Group Services

The Best Corporate Incubator / Accelerator
– OTP Startup Partner Program by OTP Bank
– Accelerated Digitalization by DHL Supply Chain
– Wayra Germany by Telefonica O2

The Best Corporate Startup
– IONIQ Skincare by Wagner
– MOBIKO by Audi
– Kult Art by Helvetia


The Best Collaboration with Startup
– Siemens Smart Infrastructure & Comfy 
– OP Financial Group & Minna Technologies
– PostFinance & tilbago 


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 Best Collaboration with a Startup

This category awards the best partnership of multinational corporation or medium-sized businesses with an independently founded Startup. We are looking for an innovative approach to collaboration that resulted in achieving a significant business impact for both sides.

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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


SUSTAINABLE growth – Successful POSITIONING IN ECOSYSTEM – Orchestrating the Ecosystem – Scaling the Innovation – Corporate Innovation STRATEGY – Dissolving the Boundaries


Cultural Change – Intrapreneurship BOOTCAMPS & PROGRAMS – Intrapreneurial Transformation and LEADERSHIP – Identifying & Retaining Intrapreneurs


Best practice Slam





This November digitalswitzerland brings Corporate Startup Summit to Zurich, so Corporate Innovation Experts from all over the Europe can meet to discuss their key learnings. During the two-day event, 200 participants learn and network through Best Practice Slams, Speed-Workshops, Panels. The Keynote by David Gram, Intrapreneur in Residence @LEGO, DK will open the program by revealing the secrets of Growing through Ecosystems. Further Agenda is powered by Speakers from such companies as Henkel, Rabobank, Wagner, Raiffeisen, Swisscom, Bosch, SWISS and many other. Are YOU in?

Want more? Join one of the Deep-dive Workshops and Apply for the Corporate Startup AWARD!


November 20 / 12:30 – open end

November 21 / 09:00 – 17:00

read full Agenda 2019

Topics and sessions are subject to change.

November 19
by Lukas Strniste, CEO
@StartupZoom, DE

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November 22
by Prof. Julian Kawohl
@HTW Berlin, DE

“ECOSYSTEMIZER” WORKSHOP / generate innovations and growth opportunities in business ecosystems

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Speakers 2019

More Speakers 2019 are to be announced shortly!
Do you want to suggest a Topic or a particular Expert? Let us know.

David Gram

Intrapreneur in Residence @LEGO, Co-founder @Diplomatic Rebels, DK

Willem Knaap

Senior Innovation Manager, Corporate Startup Founder @Rabobank, NL

Emilio Risques

Innovation & New Business Vice President for Europe, the Middle East and Africa @ASICS

Lea Vajnorsky

Head of Platform Development @Henkel X / Forbes 30 under 30

Christian Sigg

Head of Business Development & Executive Office @SWISS

Andrew Reid

Start-up and Partner Development lead @Microsoft Switzerland


Head of Venture Operations and Member @AMAG Innovation & Ventures Lab's Management Board

Dr. Valentin Langen

Founder and head @WAGNER freiraum, Founder of the Corporate Startup @IONIQ , DE

Chantal Calame

Senior Business Grower @Company Factory, former New Business Innovator @RAI Lab, Raiffeisen Schweiz

Magali Deloof

Associate Partner and Lead for Switzerland @SparkOptimus

Ivo Bochev

Head of Sales Strategy and Strategic Planning @Mercedes-AMG GmbH

Claudio Crivelli

Director, Innovation & Transformation Services @Salesforce EMEA




General program: November 20-21, 2019 / Kraftwerk, Zurich
“STARTUP ENGAGEMENT FRAMEWORK” Workshop: November 19, 2019
“ECOSYSTEMIZER” Workshop: November 22, 2019

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