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Corporate Venturing: growth strategies through startups

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Corporate Venturing: growth strategies through startups

October 11th, 2016
9:30 - 11:30h
Mobile World Centre, Barcelona

In an increasingly globalized and competitive world, traditional innovation methods are insufficient for large corporations to face, quickly and successfully, a global digital transformation process. In this context, collaboration with startups may be key to promoting innovation and gain speed.

But, ¿where to start? Given the variety of models of collaboration with start ups (competitions, hackathons, accelerators, incubators and labs, or pure investment or acquisition strategies), knowing how to choose and use these open innovation tools to achieve defined objectives will be the key to success in the process of digital transformation of corporations.

At Mobile talks, we invite you to learn more about the various options, from the hand of leading international experts


Dr. Jens Pippig
Founder & Managing Director at ProSiebenSat.1 Accelerator

Jens Pippig is the Founder & Managing Director of the ProSiebenSat.1 Accelerator. Before that he was leading the Group’s strategy department. Prior to that, Jens spent eight years at McKinsey & Company in Berlin and specialized in e-commerce, private equity, and retail. He also founded two successful companies in the field of market research and employer branding in Sweden. Jens studied economics at Witten/Herdecke University where he obtained his PhD. He also studied business administration and economics in Stockholm and at Harvard.

Gregor Gimmy
Founder and Head at BMW Startup Garage

Gregor is co-founder and head of the BMW Startup Garage, the Venture Client unit for early stage startups of the BMW Group. The Garage works with startups whose technologies can significantly advance the automotive sector. Prior to the Garage, Gregor helped create BMW InnovationWorks. Before BMW, Gregor started various software startups in Silicon Valley and Europe. Prior to entrepreneurship, Gregor worked at IDEO (Palo Alto) and Roland Berger Strategy Consultants (Germany).

Jonathan Tudor
Ventures Director at Castrol innoVentures

Jonathan is Ventures Director at Castrol innoVentures, the strategic develop and corporate investment team of the BP’s lubricants business. Jonathan joined BP in 2012 after senior roles in venture capital in and outside corporates since the late 1990s. He previously worked for QinetiQ in the UK, Carl Zeiss foundation in Germany and as a partner in UK –US venture firm. His work has covered life sciences, software, sensors and materials. Jonathan graduated sum cum laude with a Doctorate in Chemistry from Oxford University.

Maurizio Rossi
Founder & co-CEO at H-Farm SPA

Maurizio Rossi likes to understand people’s lifestyles, their local traditions and the influence of technology in our daily life. Italian pioneer of start-up business and Venture Capital, Maurizio is vice president of H-FARM and has over 10 years of experience in the start-up world. Between the 80’s and 90’s he worked in the fashion-footwear industry leading the internationalization of his family-run business Rossimoda. Between 2003 and 2004 he managed the launch of the Southern Europe and Mediterranean headquarters of and, two of the main boat marketplaces in the world. Maurizio is now running H-FARM, a digital platform to help young entrepreneurs launch new initiatives and support the digitalization of traditional companies

Jaime García Cantero
Content Director at El País RETINA

Jaime García Cantero is an independent analyst, mentor at Founder Institute, professor at EOI and advisor at different start-ups. García Cantero was Analysis director at IDC, having worked previously as strategy consultant at McKinsey & Co. He studied engineering at UPM in Madrid and KHT (Stockholm), and has taken postgraduate studies at Stanford University. He is currently Content Director at El País RETINA.

Aleix Valls
CEO and Cofounder at LiquiD Flow to the Digital Age

A mathematician and engineer with a Ph.D. in Fluid Mechanics, Aleix Valls began his professional career in the field of research at the International Center for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE) at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), where he served from 2000 to 2004. During this period he also began his association with Compass Ingeniería y Sistemas, where he worked as project manager until 2006.

Between 2006 and 2012 Valls worked at different companies and on projects related to the field of Strategic Consulting. In January 2006 he joined The NODE Company, a provider of innovation services, as a senior associate. Between 2008 and 2010 Valls worked at LOOP Consultancy where as a senior manager he took on responsibility for the Dubai office and the management of business development for the entire region of Northern Africa and the Middle East. In July of 2010, Aleix Valls became a manager with the consulting firm Accenture, where he headed up Strategic Consulting projects in different sectors.


Mobile World Centre, Barcelona
Carrer de Fontanella, 2, 08002 Barcelona