21st & 22nd of May
Maribor, Slovenia
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

World's TOP Corporate Giants Reveal Their Approach to Corporate Innovation!

How do big companies like Amazon, Dunkin' Brands, Deutsche Post or Kapsch TrafficCom keep their competitive edge? At this year's PODIM Conference you will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn about the lessons and use cases of corporate innovation from these corporate giants! If you are a CEO, CINO or CMO of an established company, this is definitely the content you don't want to miss, as learning from each other and sharing the best practices and most painful bruises is the name of the game in this programme block!
In the first keynote speech, our eminent speaker Mike Sigal, a partner at the globally renowned 500 Startups Fintech Fund and San Francisco-based Fintech accelerator, will reveal the global outlook on corporate innovation. With over 225 investments in 26 countries, 500 Startups is the world’s most active early-stage investor supporting the digital transformation of financial services. Mike is also a co-founder of Upside Partners, a Silicon Valley-based consultancy that helps corporations and institutions develop operational excellence in innovation initiatives through the application of startup and venture investor best practices.     
If you are a big corporation wondering how to go about organizing a corporate accelerator and how your company can benefit from it, then the keynote speech by Heinrich Schmid-Schmidsfelden, the head of corporate innovation at the Austrian Kapsch TrafficCom is right up your alley! Heinrich will reveal all the valuable lessons that the company has learned from organizing a corporate accelerator. Heinrich is also the programme lead at Kapsch Factory1, an acceleration programme for startups that are building groundbreaking technologies in Kapsch TrafficCom’s strategic areas.
Another logistics giant that has taken on corporate innovation through collaboration with startups is the German Deutsche Post DHL Group. In his keynote speech, their senior manager for corporate development, Johannes Naumann, will talk about building startups inside big corporations – what it's like when a corporate giant builds internal startups to develop innovations that relate to the company's objectives.
Even being one of the world's biggest and most profitable companies demands constant improvement, innovation and an effort to keep the competitive edge. Do you want to know how Amazon handles corporate innovation? Then you definitely don't want to miss the keynote speech by Carolyn N. Spencer, an innovation infuser and programme manager at Amazon. This is a unique opportunity to learn from this global tech giant!
As a global leader in business and consumer audio communications, constant innovation is part of Plantronics's DNA. Jonathan Grover, leading the company's innovation business development, will reveal how the company uses the open innovation approach and what they learned from it.  Jonathan is an experienced corporate entrepreneur and innovator. He focuses on building and executing strategies that drive revenue through product introduction, diversification and market expansion.
There is still room for one more in this programme block full of corporate giants! Constant innovation for keeping the competitive edge is also important in the restaurant industry, and no one knows this better than Dunkin' Brands, one of the world's leading franchisors of quick service restaurants that runs two chains of fast-food restaurants: Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins. You will learn how the company is competing with high tech in the donuts & coffee industry from Darwin Dubon, who is a technical product manager for mobile at Dunkin' Brands.
Corporate innovation is a programme block packed with renowned corporate names and brands, and it represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn about corporate innovation from the best companies in the world!
But we're not done yet! Complementing the amazing keynotes from our top-notch speakers is also a practical workshop with some of the best drivers of corporate innovation in the region! Philippe Thiltges and Martina Egger from the Austrian full-service innovation agency WhatAVenture, which has worked with eminent companies like Audi, Deutsche Bahn, SAP, Adidas, Swarovski, Daimler and many others, and Farid Edrisian from the Iranian Karanobin - Innovation group will tell you about 29 different models for fostering innovation and how to choose the right one!