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Open Innovation 4.0: Circular Economy and Sustainability Online Summit

  • 27th – 28th January 2021
  • ONLINE flag ONLINE

In 2021, Open Innovation will focus more on digital transformation, sustainable innovations, novel partnerships, and business models.

While agility, creativity, a new way of working, and co-creation will advance enhancing the innovation process, the companies reimagining their businesses after COVID-19. They will be discovering global vital private, public, and academia collaborations more broadly and strategically and boosting sustainable growth through green and circular economy initiatives with the power of emerging and digital technologies.

We will continue the Open Innovation journey with the key experts in the area at #VLOpenInn on 27th -28th January 2021!

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About Open Innovation 4.0 Online Summit

Open Innovation 4.0 - Are we already there?

In order to generate sustainable growth, SMEs (Small and Medium-Sized firms) and startups that emerged in a digital and dynamic environment, while collaborating with other stakeholders, including large corporations, create novel digital solutions, experiment with novel business models,promote innovative socially-responsible ecosystems.

Technologies are drastically advancing, and the demand for digital platforms like artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), big data and analytics, and digital experiences is rising extremely fast. Rapid technological innovations create a disruptive influence on the economy, society, organizations, and people, becoming mainstream and a new normal in the pandemic and post-pandemic times.

This unprecedented world crisis is embracing long-term innovations, and in order to sustain, private and public players are encouraged to

  • reimagine their business models,
  • meet new customers' demands, behaviors, and expectations,
  • increase the focus on emerging and promising futuristic technologies.

While current companies are focusing mainly on customers' needs and problems, solving shared problems vs. commercial benefits is becoming a new reality and a competitive advantage. Sustainability, environmental protection, and social responsibility are the new core of entrepreneurial, innovative strategies. Developing sustainability-oriented open innovation

requires the engagement of a wider number of stakeholders and following a more global and strategic approach to

  • data, transparency, and partnerships,
  • green and circular economy.

This framework moves Open Innovation to the next level, with the key pillars as

  • Digital transformation
  • Sustainable innovations
  • Open ecosystem

Open Innovation 4.0 is focused on humans, technologies, and sustainability as the center of disruptive innovation.

Fostering open innovation ecosystems is the core in accelerating societal and economic recovery and enhancing social and environmental responsibility within local communities.

 

See you at #VLOpenInn January 2021!

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Key Practical Learning Points

  • Profitable Open Innovation - scaling and sponsoring projects; investing capital, creating, capturing, measuring value and performance
  • Circular economy - moving faster towards sustainable business growth through Open Innovation breakthroughs and experimentation
  • Agility, mobility, and adaptability - managing external & internal innovations, bringing novel experiences, and designing mechanisms to drive a post-pandemic future
  • Sustainable innovations - successful development and commercialization of purpose-led products, processes, services, and business models
  • Crisis as an innovation accelerator - unlocking hidden potential, embracing technologies, and finding new efficient ways to solve unprecedented problems
  • Cultural switch and geographic disruption - exploring new partnerships and across South East Asia & Japan OI eco-systems and multinational boundaries

Jordi Ràfols, ES

Founder and CEO

Innoget

Jordi Ràfols is the founder and CEO of Innoget.com, one of the largest online Open Innovation Networks. He has more than 20 years of experience working on Open Innovation and technology transfer and Internet business. He has been directly involved in hundreds of Open Innovation projects in a wide range of different industries. He has worked with several International Companies in the evaluation, development, and deployment of their Open Innovation programs.

As part of the Catalan National program "Startup Catalonia", he acted as a business coach for technology-based Start-ups helping them to develop and implement their strategy and accelerate business growth. He has been managing partner at Science2Society.eu, one of the largest EU funded projects in the field of technology transfer and Open Innovation aimed at developing new processes to enhance Industry-Academia collaboration.

Jordi holds an MBA at ESADE Business School and a Corporate Finance degree at ie (Instituto de Empresa in Madrid) and has been involved in Corporate Venture and valuation projects. As an innovation conference speaker, he has shared his view on Open Innovation and collaborative R&D and innovation ecosystems in many international and cross-industries events in Berlin, London, Edinburgh, Boston, Paris, Singapore, and Barcelona. He has also given lectures to MBA program alumni at ESADE Business School on on-line Open Innovation business models.

Sabrina Jones, DE

Open Bosch (RBVC/PJ-OI)

Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH

Sabrina Jones joined Robert Bosch Venture Capital in 2018 and is responsible for “Open Bosch” – the Bosch Venture Client unit for partnerships with startups. Her previous roles with Bosch cover business models & innovation, corporate strategy, and AI research. Before, she led an e-commerce startup for Bosch Rexroth as an intrapreneur. She holds a doctorate in physics (Dr., Vienna University of Technology). Prior to joining Bosch in 2015, she was a researcher in semiconductor physics at the Austrian Institute of Technology and Uppsala University. She co-led the winning team of the 2013 US Solar Decathlon competition.

Alan Walker, US

Vice President Marketing & Development

Kaneka Americas Inc.

Alan Walker studied Natural Sciences with a specialty in Organic Synthesis at King’s College, Cambridge, UK. Doctoral Ph.D. thesis in the Biosynthetic Studies of Coronatine, Coronofacic acid, and Polyoximic acid at Rice University, Houston, Tx USA under Dr. R. J. Parry.

Joined Kaneka Corporation in 1999 to run their North American Fine Chemicals business where he was responsible for the Commercial & Development business with Pharmaceutical & Biopharmaceutical companies in the US. In 2015 conceived and started Kaneka’s Center for Business Development & Open Innovation, a team responsible for searching for and securing new technologies and business opportunities to expand and grow or business fields and initiatives.

Melvyn Ho, CN

Initiative Leader Open Innovation / Group Innovation & Sustainability

Clariant 

Frank-Jürgen Richter, DE

Chairman

Horasis

Dr. Frank-Jürgen Richter is the Chairman of Horasis - a global visions community dedicated to inspiring our future. Horasis is using its unrivaled history of partnership with corporations from emerging markets to create a powerful platform for cooperation between emerging and developed markets. The flagship events are the Horasis Global Meeting as well as regional summits focusing on China, India, and Southeast Asia.

He has developed extensive experience and knowledge of the world's economic, business, and political scene and of its key players. As one of the leading international business analysts, he influences major business and governmental decisions with his public commentary. Prior to founding Horasis, Dr. Richter was a Director of the World Economic Forum. He also lived, studied, and worked in Asia for almost a decade, principally in Tokyo and in Beijing, where he developed and managed European Multinationals' China operations.

Arjan Rensma, NL

Ex - Innovation Venturing, Senior Manager

DSM Innovation Excellence

Arjan Rensma till recently was an innovation excellence manager at DSM. His responsibility is to support the DSM Innovation Council, develop and execute the DSM Innovation Excellence program, and accelerate and improve the success rate of innovation in DSM. He is the Innovation Excellence lead for the Materials Sciences cluster, coordinates the DSM Innovation Learning Program, as well as the DSM Corporate Entrepreneurship program. Previously, Arjan held management & NBD roles in banking, publishing, consultancy, and research. He started his career at the Philips NatLab. Arjan is a Dutch national and holds an MSc in business science from RSM and the University of California at Berkeley. He is a member of the advisory board and guest lecturer of the Master of Innovation & Change at HS Zuyd and board member of the Interregional Platform of the Creative Industry / Creative Entrepreneurship. He has a wife and three kids and lives in Bemelen, a small village close to Maastricht.

Laszlo Bax, ES

Founding partner

Bax & Company

Laszlo is an Open Innovation expert, high-tech entrepreneur, and innovation strategy designer with over 25 years of experience in a large variety of industries and organizations. Founding partner of Innovation Accelerator firm Bax & Company. He has worked on environmental impact reduction involving lightweight polymer materials with leading industries in Automotive and Wind Energy for decades.

Thibaut Szymusiak, FR

UX Designer

Thales

Passionate about digital transformation, Thibaut got a multidisciplinary background in engineering and design. To diversify his skills he worked in multinational and startup environments in international contexts. For Thibaut, diversity and collaboration enrich the designs and the experiences we provide to users. Technic, design, business and humans work together to design better transition. Thibaut lives his passion about design mentoring students as well.

Gavin Suss, IL

Dean of the School of Design and Innovation & Head of Accelerator Lab

The College of Management Academic Studies 

Gavin Suss was born in South Africa and immigrated to Israel with his family at the age of 9. He has a Ph.D. in Education and Management from Tel Aviv University, and he graduated from the executive managers program at Harvard Business School. His research includes creative thinking and innovation.

For years he served as the Academic Director at the acclaimed Design and Engineering College "Shenkar." He was elected as executive director of the High Committee of Public Colleges in 2006 and served as a Director of the Central Archive for the History of the Jewish People. Served as VP Corporate for a decade at Keter Plastic (The largest plastic manufacturer in the world).

Today he is Dean of the School of Design and Innovation at the College of Management and lectures worldwide. He conducts workshops on creativity and innovation for the leading firms. Suss is the author of the book "It's all About Creativity" (the English version will be published in 2021).

Ignacio Villoch, ES

Open Innovation Senior Ecosystem Builder

BBVA

Ignacio (Nacho) Villoch is a recognized generator of content on Innovation, Talent, and Sustainability driven Digital Transformation, to which he has been working professionally for more than a decade. In his more than 25 years of professional experience, he has lived and worked in 4 continents, from Singapore to Paraguay, through Miami and New York, in management positions of business development in the financial industry. 

Author of business novels such as "Diana's Adventure. Entrepreneurship against all odds in the Blue Ocean" or "Yago's Talent: The quest for the wells of talent ", actively participates as a mentor, inspirer, advisor, or promoter in diverse communities and entrepreneurship projects such as MET Community, Heroes Club, Team labs or the SEK lab.

Guest lecturer and professor in programs of innovation, creativity, and digital transformation of the main business schools and inspirational lecturer and facilitator in institutional and corporate events, he actively engages in promoting Agenda 2030 and SDGs. Linkedin awarded Villoch the Top Social Executive Award of Spain and Portugal in 2016.

Currently, Nacho Villoch manages the creation of Fintech ecosystems, from where he promotes the digital transformation of the financial industry through open innovation, design thinking, and AGILE dynamics.

Niclas Nilsson, DK

Head of R&D Open Innovation

LEO Pharma

Javier Tenorio Cervantes, MX

Open Innovation & IP Specialist

Metalsa

Experienced in researching how open innovation works for a manufacturing B2B firm. As the leader of the strategy and deployment of open innovation practices, Javier has benchmark, developed, standardized, and trained colleagues company-wide to engage them in practices that accelerate innovation. By acting as an enabler of open innovation, he’s worked with design thinking, business model innovation, and product design challenges with external communities to provide unbiased insights to the company. He also leads the development of the business unit innovation ecosystem by scouting new technologies and fostering external partnerships. As part of his role leading innovation ecosystems & guaranteeing value-driven I.P., he’s experienced creating protection strategies for technology developments, negotiating collaboration terms with technology partners, and ensuring that the company captures value from each relationship. 

Jason LaRoche, US

Clinical Innovation Leader

Janssen Pharmaceuticals

Jason LaRoche is Clinical Innovation Leader at Janssen Pharmaceuticals. He has more than 15 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry, where he has held various positions in supply chain management, clinical development, clinical innovation, and strategic business development. In his current role, Jason is responsible for helping define the clinical trial of the future, advancing clinical research as a patient-centric care option, and minimizing the impact of clinical research on the environment. Jason holds a BS in Materials Science and Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MS in Operations Research from the University of Florida. He is also APICS CSCP certified.

Alaercio Nicoletti Junior, BR

cSr. Manager of Sustainability, Continuous Improvement and Open Innovation

Grupo Petrópolis

Ph.D. in Production Engineering, Electrical Engineer from the University of São Paulo (USP) and Master Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma. He is Head of Sustainability and Continuous Improvement at Grupo Petropolis, the 3rd largest brewing company in Brazil, and is a professor in the Production Engineering Department at Mackenzie Presbyterian University. His career has more than 20 years of experience in companies such as Grupo Petropolis, Valeo Electrical Systems (Brazil and France), and Honda 4 wheel. 

Joshua Robinson, US

Director, Business Development

Zymergen

Dr. Joshua Robinson is a Director on the Business Development team at Zymergen, focused on building strategic, broad partnerships as well as successfully delivering on a number of signed client collaborations to deliver more sustainable, ‘greener’ products to the world. Josh has also led business development efforts at Apostle Bio, a start-up focused on developing liquid biopsy diagnostic tests. Prior to joining Zymergen, Josh was an Open Innovation Leader at Clorox, focused on establishing technical partnerships to support internal Clorox R&D for all non-cleaning business units, which include Burt’s Bees, Hidden Valley Ranch, GLAD, Kingsford Charcoal, Fresh Step Litter, and Brita Water Filtration. In addition, Josh was a founding team member and the Director of R&D at Nirmidas Biotech, Inc., a company spun out of Stanford University in 2013. Nirmidas Biotech worked to develop fluorescence amplifying platform technology for point-of-care diagnostic devices. To start his career, Josh was a senior application scientist at Beckman Coulter, Inc., focused on protein and particle characterization instruments. Josh holds a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Stanford University, working under Prof. Hongjie Dai. His graduate research, which focused on developing biocompatible graphene and other nanomaterials for in vivo cancer diagnostics and therapy, helped create the foundation for bio-based applications for graphene and resulted in over 2 dozen publications that have been cited over 18,000 times.

Jordi Ràfols, ES

Founder and CEO

Innoget

Sabrina Jones, DE

Open Bosch (RBVC/PJ-OI)

Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH

Alan Walker, US

Vice President Marketing & Development

Kaneka Americas Inc.

Melvyn Ho, CN

Initiative Leader Open Innovation / Group Innovation & Sustainability

Clariant 

Frank-Jürgen Richter, DE

Chairman

Horasis

Arjan Rensma, NL

Ex - Innovation Venturing, Senior Manager

DSM Innovation Excellence

Laszlo Bax, ES

Founding partner

Bax & Company

Thibaut Szymusiak, FR

UX Designer

Thales

Gavin Suss, IL

Dean of the School of Design and Innovation & Head of Accelerator Lab

The College of Management Academic Studies 

Ignacio Villoch, ES

Open Innovation Senior Ecosystem Builder

BBVA

Niclas Nilsson, DK

Head of R&D Open Innovation

LEO Pharma

Javier Tenorio Cervantes, MX

Open Innovation & IP Specialist

Metalsa

Jason LaRoche, US

Clinical Innovation Leader

Janssen Pharmaceuticals

Alaercio Nicoletti Junior, BR

cSr. Manager of Sustainability, Continuous Improvement and Open Innovation

Grupo Petrópolis

Joshua Robinson, US

Director, Business Development

Zymergen

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