One Broadway, 5th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142
February 15, 2018
3:00 – 8:30 PM
Corporate Innovation Night 2018
Save the date for Venture Cafe’s Corporate Innovation Night, taking place on February 15, 2018. This event is designed to help corporates and startups form better collaborations to catalyze sustainable innovation. This event will also help entrepreneurs understand the specific problem-sets corporate innovators are battling and practical ways to co-create on solutions.
Registration is not required but it is encouraged. Click here to register!
Corporate Innovation Night is hosted by Venture Cafe and brought to the Greater Boston community by:
AGENDA AT A GLANCE
3:00 – 8:30 PM NETWORKING
3:00 – 5:00 PM OFFICE HOURS
4:30 – 5:30 PM HOW CAN STARTUPS WORK WITH BIG COMPANIES TO VALIDATE AND SCALE
5:30 – 5:45 PM FAST PITCHES presented by SLOVAK-AMERICAN FOUNDATION
6:00 – 7:00 PM REVERSE PITCH (CORPORATES PITCH STARTUPS), PART I
7:15 – 8:15 PM REVERSE PITCH (CORPORATES PITCH STARTUPS), PART II
HOW CAN STARTUPS WORK WITH BIG COMPANIES TO VALIDATE AND SCALE? (4:30 - 5:30 PM)
How Can Startups Work with Big Companies to Validate and Scale?
with Scott Kirsner
How might entrepreneurs and corporate innovators improve collaborations? Entrepreneurs, bring your examples, ideas, and frustrations to this workshop and co-create “better practices” through a brainstorming with a group of Corporate Innovators. This session will be facilitated by Scott Kirsner, Co-Founder, and CEO of Innovation Leader.
Moderator: Scott Kirsner is currently developing Innovation Leader, a new information service for Chief Innovation Officers, senior execs, and intrapreneurs at large organizations who are responsible for innovation and new ventures. He is also a weekly columnist for the Boston Globe and blogger for Boston.com, at http://boston.com/innovation. Scott is a co-founder and advisor to the Nantucket Conference on Entrepreneurship & Innovation (www.nantucketconference.com), Future Forward: The New England Technology Summit (www.futureforward.com), and the Convergence Forum (www.convergenceforum.com). Editor of “The Convergence Guide to Life Sciences in New England.” Author of “Fans, Friends & Followers,” “Inventing the Movies,” and “The Future of Web Video.” Scott has also contributed to numerous publications, including the New York Times, Wired, Fast Company, CIO Magazine, the San Jose Mercury News, Newsweek, BusinessWeek, Salon.com, Variety, Boston Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, and the Industry Standard.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is a global learning company that specializes in pre-K–12 education content, services and cutting edge technology solutions for today’s changing landscape. Available through multiple media, our content meets the needs of students, teachers, parents and lifelong learners, no matter where and how they learn. The HMH Labs team is currently focusing on opportunities for internal innovation at the company, as well as actively supporting external innovation via the HMH Marketplace.
Philips Lighting develops and markets IoT-empowered connected lighting systems and actively explores beyond illumination applications. Philips Lighting’s proven internal innovation engine is – for some time already – augmented with open innovation initiatives to unlock the full potential of digital lighting and IoT at high speed.
At Stanley Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of Stanley Black & Decker, we invest in early stage, innovative companies that have strategic relevance to one or more of the Stanley businesses. We bring mentorship, scale, and resources to companies in a way that can significantly accelerate their growth and provide Stanley new, innovative products. As a member of the Stanley Ventures team, I partner closely with our Innovation Breakthrough Teams to identify areas of technology interest, forge relationships with early-stage companies and make investments on behalf of the Company.
FAST PITCHES with SLOVAK-AMERICAN FOUNDATION (5:30 - 5:45 PM)
Fast Pitches presented by Slovak-American Foundation
Five companies representing the Slovak-American Foundation will have 2 minutes to fash pitch their solutions to the Venture Cafe community.
Commercializing a software platform that enables advertising agency teams and their clients to seamlessly collaborate when creating social media.
Developing a platform using Blockchain to revolutionize how energy is distributed, delivered and stored.
Advancing the world’s smallest multifunctional sensor system with broad applications to measure local temperature, mechanical stress, and magnetic field.
Launching an interactive video calling platform that easily and efficiently allows anyone to monetize time.
Introducing a next-generation hockey tape, developed with Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, that makes you a better hockey player by providing better puck control and shot accuracy than traditional hockey tape.
CORPORATE REVERSE PITCHES, PART I (6:00 - 7:00 PM)
Corporate Reverse Pitches, PART I
This reverse pitch session will feature Corporate Innovators pitching their problem sets, their need for technology or talent, and opportunities for startup collaborations. Hear directly from the enterprises that have prioritized innovation and are actively seeking relationships with entrepreneurs. This session will feature three corporate pitches before an audience of entrepreneurs.
Alex leads Embraer’s innovation research and development activities in the Greater Boston area. Through research of new technologies and business models emerging from the local ecosystem which have potential to transform or even disrupt our their core businesses, Alex identifies promising candidates and explores how they might partner together to create significant, mutual value.
At Manulife Financial Corporation, Chris oversees the strategic investment and partnership opportunities that help accelerate their roadmap. Manulife, which operates primarily as John Hancock in the Unites States, supports innovative efforts to reimagine its existing services and explore new, transformative business opportunities.
Matthew leads the execution of STW’s 20+ active technical programs that serve Shell’s businesses around the world. Matt is also leading a new business focused on digital maintenance and construction technologies that is currently being incubated within STW.
As a global leader in enterprise mobility and information technology, Samsung provides enterprise products and services that help customers realize the promise of digital business.
CORPORATE REVERSE PITCHES, PART 2 (7:15 - 8:15 PM)
Corporate Reverse Pitches, PART 2
This reverse pitch session will feature Corporate Innovators pitching their problem sets, their need for technology or talent, and opportunities for startup collaborations. Hear directly from the enterprises that have prioritized innovation and are actively seeking relationships with entrepreneurs. This session will feature multiple corporate pitches before an audience of entrepreneurs.
Will’s role on the iHub team is to explore how GM can collaborate rapidly with external partners – universities, startups, hackers, etc. – to innovate quickly. Alex is also the lead talent scout for MIT and is interested on collaborating on creative ways to recruit local to the Boston area.
Merck KGaA (Darmstadt, Germany) is a leading science and technology company in healthcare (e.g. oncology, immuno-oncology, fertility), life science (enabling products and technologies for R&D driven companies) and performance materials (display technologies, innovative materials for the electronics industry, pigments and other functional materials).
Alex invests in precision medicine, including life science instrumentation and clinical diagnostics startups. At GE, they scale ideas and grow companies that advance industries and improve lives.
Editor of Innovation Leader
Boston Globe Columnist
Senior Vice President,
Houghton Mifflin Labs
Head of Programs,
Director of Innovation
VP Global Development
Stanley Black and Decker
Alex de Winter,
General Electric Ventures
Lead talent Scout
Head of Samsung Ventures East Coast
Through its competitive U.S. Connections program, the Slovak-American Foundation supports Slovak entrepreneurs with companies ready to enter the US market.
The Slovak-American Foundation is a U.S.-based 501c3 nonprofit focused on building the startup ecosystem in Slovakia.