About This Conference
Before we invite you to Corporate Innovation Night on February 25th, first, what is corporate Innovation? Why is it important? In today’s world, startups with fresh perspectives and backed by investment are finding opportunities to upend entire industries with new technologies and creative business models. In short, corporate innovation is the intentional fostering of out-of-the-box thinking in a corporate setting to disrupt within before somebody else does. Join us to learn from experts how the pandemic is accelerating disruption in a variety of industries, the resulting trends, and where investments are being allocated in 2021.
February 25, 2021
1:30 – 2:00 PM
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
1:30 – 2:00 PM (ET) | Make Things Happen: Innovation and Opportunities Around Cambridge
2:00 – 2:45 PM (ET) | FIRESIDE CHAT: Corporate Innovation: Re-start or Re-tool?
3:00 – 4:00 PM (ET) | PANEL: Corporate Inno & Social Responsibility
4:00 – 5:00 PM (ET) | ROUND ROBIN: Corporate Venture Capital in 2021
CORPORATE INNOVATION SESSIONS
Make Things Happen: Innovation and Opportunities Around Cambridge
1:30 – 2:00 PM (ET)
“Is there someone who can help me develop a Go-to-Market Strategy”? “Who should I talk with to break into Social Impact Investing?” These are all questions we’ve heard and answered at Venture Café. Our flagship #ThursdayGathering is Boston’s weekly meeting point for entrepreneurs, researchers, mentors, and investors, connecting to make things happen. Every week we’ll kick off the event with a half-hour of informal conversations to highlight opportunities in the ecosystem, help connect you with the right people, or just say what’s up!
Hosted by Shaheen Hakimi, Director at Venture Café Cambridge
Fireside Chat: Corporate Innovation: Re-start or Re-tool?
2:00 – 2:45 PM (ET)
2020 was the year where corporate innovation came to a standstill and moved at warp speed at the same time. As we gear up to face the post-pandemic landscape, do we re-start old concepts or re-tool new approaches? Join Carrie Allen and Philipp Leutiger for a discussion of the post-pandemic future for corporations and the ecosystem.
Panel: Corporate Inno & Social Responsibility
3:00 – 4:00 PM (ET)
Racial inequality, gender and identity opportunity, economic imbalance, and environmental damage are some of the defining social issues we have the responsibility to solve. As individuals, we can make a dent. As conscientious companies, we can change reality. Join us for an inspiring discussion with companies who are leaving the world better than they found it and innovating for good. Panelists include leaders from SPX Corporation, Qubic, Sensata Technologies, Google and Chezie, who will share why and how they’re changing the world.
Round Robin: Corporate Venture Capital in 2021
4:00 – 5:00 PM
Corporate innovators from AXA Next, Dana-Farber, and Shell discuss what trends they are watching for in the venture capital space this year. Panelists will also discuss what they were looking for when working with startups, how their teams pivoted in 2020, and the mission for venture teams at their organizations.