Corporate Startup Summit & Award 2019 

TO ZURICH | Kraftwerk | 20 – 21 November, 2019

November 2019 digitalswitzerland brought 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 learned through Best Practice Slams, Speed-Workshops, Panels. The Keynote by David Gram, Intrapreneur in Residence @LEGO, DK opened the program by revealing the secrets of Growing through Ecosystems. Further Agenda was powered by Speakers from such companies as Henkel, Rabobank, Wagner, Raiffeisen, Swisscom, Bosch, SWISS and many other.

Photo impression 2019


Impressions 2019

Impressions 2019

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

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


– Winners 2019 – 

The Best Corporate Entrepreneurship:
1. OSRAM Digital Launchpad by OSRAM
2.  DigiVision by Volkswagen Group Services

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

The Best Corporate Startup
1. MOBIKO by Audi
2. IONIQ Skincare by Wagner
3. Kult Art by Helvetia


The Best Collaboration with Startup
1. PostFinance & tilbago 
2. Siemens Smart Infrastructure & Comfy 
3. OP Financial Group & Minna Technologies


Topics and Agenda 2019

intense peer-to-peer exchange and networking

  Event Space Command Room Basecamp K6 Basecamp K8
12:30 – 13:00
Come together and REGISTRATION
13:00 – 13:20 Welcome & Opening Day 1
Ivo Furrer, President @digitalswitzerland, CH
13:20 – 13:50 ICE – Breaking session   
13:50 – 14:30


“From Corporate Giant to Agile Ecosystem – Leveraging Corporate Venturing”

by David Gram, Intrapreneur in Residence @LEGO, Co-Founder @Diplomatic Rebels, DK

14:30 – 14:45 Coffee Break

Time to rest, meet people and discuss the recent insights from the sessions attended.

14:45 – 16:00 Round Table Discussions

Have the chance to discuss specific topics with your peers!
Discussions are organized in small groups up to 10 people. After a short coffee break, the main insights are presented by Table Captains on a stage.
Captains are:
Nicolas Bürer, Managing director @digitalswitzerland / “Make, buy or cooperate? The best way to choose?”
Henri-François Martin, Innovation Director @veepee / “Ways to avoid the structural break of innovation”
Kim Svendsen, Director @Stibo accelerator / “Failing successfully: How to create a vacuum chamber where experimentation (and failure) is truly appreciated.”
Stefan Rüssli, Head of Venture Operations and Member @AMAG Innovation & Ventures Lab’s Management Board / “How to collaborate with your portfolio startup. Defining and maintaining expectation management from the very beginning.”
Sorin Simplaceanu, Product Owner of Skydeck @DB Systel  / “Getting ideas ready for production: operationalize innovation”
Nicola Büsse, Co-Founder & Head of Sales @MOBIKO / “Partnering with a Company Builder to build a healthy Corporate Startup”
Feras Alhothali, Innovation Project Manager @The Linde Group / “Internal crowd sourcing innovation”
Sjoerd Peters, Moonshot Campaign Director @Rabobank / “Creating the ‘best corporate venture builder program’: how to leverage the best from in- and outside your company to create successful business models that make an impact?”
– Vera Futorjanski , Innovation Director MENA and Russia @500Startups / “A Global Impact Accelerator: How to most efficiently collaborate between the various players.”
16:00- 16:45


16:45 – 18:15

Panel “Enabling better innovation decisions based on data”by Lukas Strniste, Founder @StartupZoom, DE with 

Henning Trill, Head of Corporate Innovation @Bayer,
David Gram, Intrapreneur in Residence @LEGO, Co-Founder @Diplomatic Rebels, DK,
Henri-François Martin, Innovation Director @veepee
– Johannes Grabowski, Open Innovation Manager @BOSCH

Best Practice Slam

  • What does it really mean to win?
    Redefining winning to make sustainable living the new normality
    by 2030 and beyond” by Deepa Gautam-Nigge,  SAP Next-Gen Innovation Network Manager @SAP SE
  • Introducing Henkel X. Corporate Innovation in an entrepreneurial way.” by Lea Vajnorsky Head of Platform Development @Henkel X / Forbes 30 under 30 
  • “Customer Centricity at scale ” by Ferran Caceres, Corporate Transformation – Fast Forward Lead @PMI
  • “Pitching Innovation: How to Foster a Culture of Intrapreneurship” by Lisa Besserman, Head of Program, Global Incubator @Indeed
  Facilitated Peer Group

“Hyperspeed creation: launch a new cross-corporate venture”

by Thibaut Rouquette, Senior Innovation Manager @SIX, Partner @The Heart, CH

up to 20 participants

Facilitated Peer Group

“Performance Metrics for Startup Programs”

by Paolo Lombardi, IT

up to 20 participants

18:15 – 19:00 Dinner and Networking
19:00 – 19:30

KEYNOTE by the double winner of the Corporate Startup Award 2018 “Idea behind and History of”

19:30 – 20:30

Corporate Startup Award Ceremony

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 CSS 2019. 

  • “The Best Corporate Entrepreneurship”
  • “The Best Corporate Incubator/Accelerator”
  • “The Best Corporate Startup”
  • “The Best Collaboration with a Startup”
20:30 – Open end

 Networking afterparty

Great chance to talk with peers you just met at the Summit in an informal atmosphere sharing a glass of wine or beer.



  Event Space Command Room Basecamp K6 Basecamp K8
09:00 – 09:50 Breakfast & Networking
09:50 – 10:00 Opening Day 2
by Lukas Strniste, Founder @CorporateStartupSummit 
10:00 – 11:00

Panel “Scaling the innovation through Ecosystem” by Prof. Julian Kawohl @HTW Berlin, DE

Ecosystems dissolve the existing industry boarders enabling the higher innovation dynamics. What are the key success factors and how to position your company right within the Ecosystem would be answered by the experts on the stage:

Vera Futorjanski , Innovation Director MENA and Russia @500Startups
Christian Sigg, Head of Business Development & Executive Office @SWISS
Evangelos Avramakis, Head Digital Ecosystems R&D @Swiss Re
Daniel Litscher, Head of business innovation @HelvetiaI
Ivo Bochev, Sales Strategy & Strategic Planning @Mercedes-AMG GmbH


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

Best Practice Slam

  • “DARE to innovate. How to build new business models within a corporate. ” by
    Marcella Simons
    , Innovation Manager and co-founder of DARE @ABN AMRO and Emma Cherim, Innovation manager @ABN AMRO
  • “Are Corporate Acceleration programs useful or a waste of money? Why are failing & how can be more effective? Can we use not only for accelerating Startups?” by  Emilio Risques, Innovation & New Business Vice President for Europe, the Middle East and Africa @ASICS
  • “‘Intrapreneurship beyond company boundaries – the GETKICKBOX movement”‘ by Ralph Hartmeier, Open Innovation Developer @Swisscom and Anna Sigrist, Innovation Manager @Baloise
  • “Make disruption work” by Magali Deloof,  Associate Partner @SparkOptimus and Joris Koning, Parner @SparkOptimus



  Facilitated Peer Group

“How to build the foundations of successful and measurable startup collaboration”

by Lukas Strniste, CEO @StartupZoom and Michael Wlaschitz, Innovation Consultant @Pioneers

up to 20 participants

Facilitated Peer Group 

Intrapreneurial leadership – The secret sauce to making Intrapreneurship work”

by Philip Horvath @LUMAN, USA

up to 20 participants

13:15 – 14:00


14:00 – 16:00

Best Practice Slam

– “How to get a 100 Pound Gorilla to Dance with Startups” by Andrew Reid, Start-up and Partner Development @Microsoft Switzerland
– “How to kill a corporate Startup – or why to avoid Silicon Valley” by Dr. Valentin Langen, Founder and head @WAGNER freiraum, Founder of the Corporate Startup @IONIQ
– “Assess your business model with Salesforce customer transformation framework” by Claudio CrivelliDirector, Innovation & Transformation Services, @Salesforce EMEA
– “How to Build an Innovation Pipeline: What Bosch Has Learned” by Michael Nichols, Global Lead Bosch Accelerator Program @BOSCH 
  Facilitated Peer Group

“Innovation Ecosystem Metrics”

by Manuel Guerrera @Kromatic, USA

up to 20 participants

Facilitated Peer Group
Social Innovation – Business Models that address societal challenges by Chantal Calame, Senior Business Grower @Company Factory, former New Business Innovator @Raiffeisen CH up to 20 participants
16:00 – 17:30

Key-learnings consolidation and Wrap-up
followed by “after program” drinks

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

Speakers 2019

David Gram

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

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

Willem Knaap

Senior Innovation Manager, Corporate Startup Founder @Rabobank, NL

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


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