Corporate venturing and open innovation

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Opportunities to create something new, vibrant and impactful are all over. Resources to make them possible, not so much.

Competing with the best innovation hubs, from accelerators, research facilities, incubation programs, venture builders, there are few intrapreneurs spearheading Open Innovation inside big corporations. Using the best and most powerful resources a big company can offer to make those ideas happen.

This time, we’ll have a rare opportunity to chat with Tier 1 Innovation Directors in town. From banking to shipping and delivery all the way through old trusted beer sectors.

We’ll go over the risks and advantages of moving from closed to open innovation as well as some details of their own initiatives and future challenges.

7:30 PM: Registration, Networking & Beers
8:15 PM: Fireside chat + Q&A
9:00 PM: More networking & more beers


Raul Garcia - Correos (Tech and Digital Economy Program Manager)
Open Innovation consultant, advisor, entrepreneurship and startups program manager. He leads the management of Correos Labs - the innovation and entrepreneurship centre at Correos. He also leads Correo’s Startups Acceleration Program: challenge Lehnica.

Alejandro Arranz - Mahou (Digital Hub Manager)
+16 years of experience at Mahou San Miguel on several digital roles. Currently leading the company’s Digital Hub - engaged on the corporation digital transformation - while creating/supporting initiatives like Barlab.

Pablo Gomez - Bankia (Head of Open Innovation)
With entrepreneurial spirit and sharp sense for detecting growth opportunities on emerging and mature markets. Strong digital marketing expertise and previous working experience at Telefonica, Yell publicidad, Sanitas and Reparalia. Currently as Head of Open Innovation at the Bankia’s Innovation Observatory.

Hosted By
Roger Berdayes, Madrid Director
Hacking the way to make entrepreneurship ecosystems grow. Founder at TestrBox, Director at SG Madrid and SGuMadrid. Building the next big thing on far-field voice recognition.

Costanza Vannutelli, Madrid Co-Director
Costanza Vannutelli is italian, she studied an MBA at Luiss Business School and Copenhagen Business School. After she worked in Strategy Consulting between Buenos Aires and Milan, she moved to Madrid to work as Business Development Manager for two different Startups. Costanza worked at an Innovation Consulting company, as Project Leader in Madrid helping large corporations to transform through the innovative methodologies used by start-ups and entrepreneurs. Now she is developing the area of digital and cultural transformation of big companies from Utopicus, a network of prime coworking spaces based in Madrid and Barcelona.

Anais Lorentz, Staff

Pascual Aparicio, Ambassador

Krystel Bendahan, Ambassador

Alejandro Briceño, Ambassador


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