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Corporate Venturing; growth strategies through startups

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Corporate Venturing; growth strategies through startups

December 20th, 2016
ESPACIO Fundación Telefónica

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.


Claudia de Antoni
Investment Director at Virgin Management Group

Claudia De Antoni is a London-based investment director at Virgin Management, the family office of the Branson family and the home of the Virgin brand.

In her current role Claudia looks after origination of investment opportunities for the Virgin group across a wide variety of industries and geographies. She is particularly passionate about early stage investments that have the potential to bring the group at the forefront of innovation.

Claudia joined Virgin Management in 2013 after spending one year building an online marketplace in the UK and experiencing first-hand all the aches of being a startup entrepreneur.Before embarking in her entrepreneurial journey Claudia worked for five years as an investment professional in the private equity industry (Arcapita, Vision Capital) and before that she started her career as a TMT banker at Morgan Stanley (London, New York).Claudia holds a corporate finance bachelor degree from Bocconi University in Milan and is fluent in Italian, English and French.



Katherine Grass
Head of Innovation & Ventures at Amadeus IT Group

Katherine is Head of Innovation & Ventures at Amadeus IT Group. With more than 20 years of experience in IT, Katherine has been on all sides of deals, entrepreneur, business angel and venture capitalist. As head of innovation and ventures, her role is to be at the forefront of innovation and to bring this insight back to impact the organization to shape the future of travel. In 2013 Katherine founded the venture fund, bringing the idea from inception to making their first two investments within the first 5 months. The portfolio now has investments all over the globe.

Prior her start-up career, Katherine led business development efforts held senior positions at Compaq Computer both at the European headquarters and the UK subsidiary. Katherine is originally from the US and is trilingual in English, Spanish and German.

Javier Placer Mendoza
CEO of Telefónica Open Future_

Javier Placer joined Telefónica in May 2011and was appointed CEO of Telefonica Open Future_ in 2014. Telefónica Open Future_ is the division that ensembles together all the open innovation programs that exist within Telefónica Group. It includes initiatives such as Amerigo funds, a network of 6 VC funds which have, to date, invested in 60 startups; Telefóni­ca Ventures, a corporate VC fund that invests worldwide in compa­nies that fit the company’s global activities; acceleration programmes such as the renowned Wayra and the TOF crowdworking spaces, a series of co-working facilities deployed together with public or private partners.

Javier began his career in BBV in 1991. Before joining Telefónica, he owned and run his asset management company and an M&A advisory boutique. After working in Beta Capital, he joined Salomon Brothers.

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).

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.

Guillermo Sánchez Vega
Journalist at Cinco Días

Guillermo Sánchez Vega is a senior journalist at paper Cinco Días paper, Grupo Prisa’s economic paper. He studied translation (both for german and Russian), before receiving a bachelor of Journalism dregree. He has also worked at Cadena Ser radio. At Cinco Días, he has covered broad themes like financial services and media before joining the journal’s website as an editor and social media strategist.

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.


ESPACIO Fundación Telefónica
C/ Fuencarral 3, Auditorium, 2nd Floor