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Disrupting the Ecosystem: The Rise of Corporate Acceleration

WAYRA ACADEMY, University of London, University College London, Capper St, Fitzrovia, London WC1E 6JA, UK
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Disrupting the Ecosystem: The Rise of Corporate Accceleration 




On the 29th of October, Wayra, in collaboration with NESTA and Innovate Finance present ‘Disrupting the Ecosystem: The Rise of the Corporate Accelerator’ event. This unique occasion will provide a full stack innovation strategy overview on a practical level. Whether you’re running an accelerator, are a corporation looking to pursue innovation on a more meaningful level or wish to start buying-in start-up technologies and services, then this event is for you. Everyone in the audience will have an understanding of how it has been done, how it’s evolved and what’s in store in the upcoming years.


Networking Breakfast & Coffees
09.00  -  09.30 v 
Wayra welcome and introduction
09.30  -  09.35 v 
O2/Telefónica welcome and introduction
09.35  -  09.40 v 
Keynote Speaker
09.40  -  10.10 v 
Panel A - Accelerating start-ups outside the US.
10.10  -  11.10 v 
  • Open Future
  • BMW
  • Coca Cola 
  • Santander Innoventures
Panel B - Should corporates innovate themselves (R&D), outsource to third parties or create an open innovation culture?
11.10  -  12.10 v 
12.10  -  13.00 v 
Panel C - Vertical VS. Horizontal Accelerators
13.00  -  14.00 v 
Panel D - Do entrepreneur-led corporates with entrepreneur DNA innovate better?
14.00  -  15.00 v 

What is the role of entrepreneurs’ within corporates? How to deal with the biggest barriers e.g. internal opposition and lack of internal understanding.  Discussing paint points such as: How to deal with middle management, budgets, policies and if KPI’s should be modified.

15.00  -  15.20 v 
Panel E - Discussing success stories (NESTA)
15.20  -  16.20 v 
16.20  -  16.50 v 
Pitches from top start-ups: Five start-ups pitch in front of corporates x3 minutes per team.
16.50  -  17.05 v 
Corporates reverse pitching to start-ups!
17.05  -  17.20 v 
Drinks & Networking
17.20  -  20.00 v 


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