Corporate Venturing & Entrepreneurship Summit

The first Corporate Venturing & Entrepreneurship Summit - Academics Meet Practitioners, is a one-day summit which brings together the latest insights on corporate venturing & entrepreneurship, both from a practitioner as well as from an academic perspective. Professionals from corporates and researchers from academia from all over Europe will share their knowledge and experiences on the different aspects of Corporate Venturing. The Corporate Venturing & Entrepreneurship Summit 2019 is organized by Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM), The School of Economics and Management, Tilburg University and Corporate Venturing Network.

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The summit will bring together the latest academic insights in corporate venturing as well as best practices and lessons learned from leading European companies. The programme offers a mix of key note speakers, a panel discussions and tandem sessions in which a topic will be discussed from a theoretical/academic point of view as well as from a practical standpoint. It is a unique opportunity to network with corporate venturing professionals, researchers and VC’s.

The target audience for this summit are corporate innovation and venturing professionals and people involved in creating new business within their company as well as academics, conducting research on corporate venturing and entrepreneurship. For practitioners, the added value is to be inspired by good practices from peers and latest academic insights. For academics, this conference is particularly interesting as it will help them to increase their awareness of contemporary issues in corporate venturing practice, thereby increasing the impact of their work.


08:30 – 09:00

Registration and coffee/tea

09:00 – 09:15

Welcome and Introduction

09:15 – 09:45

Keynote speaker – Christian Lindener – CEO Wayra Germany

09:45 – 10:00

Keynote Speaker – Professor Geerd Duysters – Tilburg University

10:00 – 10:15

Keynote Speaker – Professor Vareska van de Vrande – RSM

10:15 – 11:15

Session 1: Corporate Venturing in family firms
Corporate speaker: Renier van Herel – Head of Innovation Damen Shipyards
Academic speaker: Professor Tommaso Minola - University of Bergamo

11:15 – 11:30


11:30 – 12:30

Session 2: Corporate Venture Capital – beyond capital
Corporate speaker: Tobias Gutmann — corporate experience & researcher at HHL
Academic speaker: Joshua Eckblad — startup experience & researcher at Tilburg University

12:30 – 12:45

Wrap-up morning session

12:45 – 13:30

Lunch and networking

13:30 – 14:00

State of the art of corporate venturing - a tour of the most recent data

14:00 – 15:00

Session 3: Creating Value through spin-offs
Corporate speaker: Rolph Segers – Technology Transfer Office – TNO
Academic speaker:
Ivo de Nooijer – Advisor Public Private Innovation & former director of LURIS (Leiden University's Knowledge Transfer Office) 

15:00 – 15:15


15:15 – 16:15

The Debate: Nature versus Nurture
Ingrid Verheul – Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship – RSM
Oriol Pascual Oriol Pascual - Director of IQS Tech Factory, Barcelona
Magdalena Cholakova – Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship – RSM
Frank Appeldoorn - Managing Partner Arches Capital

16:15 – 16:45

Wrap up afternoon session & Closing

16:45 – 17:45

Network drinks


The moderator of the day will be Danny Mekic, speaker, adviser and entrepreneur on innovation & technology. Danny was  awarded by magazines such as Sprout, Quote and Elsevier as "Most successful young entrepreneur”