Corporate Venturing: Optimizing Cost and Speed in Startup Innovations

Entrepreneurship Series - Interactive Session

Corporate Venturing: Optimizing Cost and Speed in Startup Innovations

08/Apr/2021 from 16:00 a 16:50

Online, Zoom Webinar

375 Alumni registered

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Corporate investments in startups soared to an all-time high of $73.1 billion in 2020, increasing 24% from 2019. Yet the success rate of initiatives such as corporate venture capital, venture builders and corporates accelerators is low. Research we conducted with near 500 chief innovation officers globally shows that around three quarters of corporate innovation initiatives fail to deliver the desired results.

Discover what are the strategies and lessons learnt by the one quarter that succeed. Find how to improve your speed and cost in these corporate-startup innovations. Lastly, the attendees will receive access to a IESE study on this topic.

Prof. Mª Julia Prats, Academic Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center, IESE
Collin Barletta, Director of M&A and Corporate Ventures, Adidas
Paula Blázquez Solano, Head of Fintech Investments, Sabadell Bank
Josemaria Siota, Executive Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center, IESE


Please note that spaces are limited for this special interactive session for Alumni members, and prior registration is required. To offer not only insight and discussion, but also peer-to-peer learning and networking, the format will include small breakout rooms for participants to join in on the conversation.


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    Professor of Entrepreneurship, Bertrán Foundation Chair of Entrepreneurship


    Mª Julia Prats is Professor in the Department of Entrepreneurship, and holder of the Bertrán Foundation Chair of Entrepreneurship at IESE.

    Prof. Prats's primary area of interest is the entrepreneurial process, which includes the identification, evaluation and implementation of opportunities in any context. Central to this work is developing strategies and systems that help established firms achieve profitable growth. Her second work stream focuses on understanding the key factors in building and managing professional service firms. Over the years she has had the opportunity to develop both areas of interest through teaching, research projects and consulting work.

    Prof. Prats was nominated Kauffman Emerging Scholar for her dissertation work and has published in international journals and congress proceedings, both for practitioners as well as the academic community. She has also authored teaching materials and contributions to several books on entrepreneurship and strategy related topics.

    She holds a DBA in business administration from Harvard University, an MBA from IESE Business School, and a degree in industrial engineering from the Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya. She has taught at Wharton Business School, IPADE (México), INALDE (Colombia), and AESE (Portugal).