Corporate Venturing in Russia

Date: 28/09/21 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM | - CEST

Join us on September 28th at 3pm CEST and take part in an insightful discussion with Generation S Corporate Accelerator.

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The session aims to provide an insightful discussion on “Corporate Venturing in Russia”, starting from an overview of the Russian business ecosystem, and delving into the role corporate plays in innovation development and promotion.

As Open Innovation is now an effective framework for the mobilisation of start-ups, the session will also be analysing the effectiveness and impact of such programmes on the economic development of the region. Furthermore, it will be discussing corporate intrapreneurship tools and methodologies targeted at building entrepreneurial culture.

Irina Martynova launched digital products and programs for top-international banks (Raiffeisnebank, Societe Generale) and FMCG (Procter & Gamble). Irina is an experienced professional with more than five years of experience in launching corporate innovation programs for various industry leaders with top results based on pilots and commercial partnerships received, including such companies as VTB, ALROSA, ILIM etc. As the Head of Corporate Direction of GenerationS, Irina is on a team that has achieved the designation of Best Corporate Accelerator in Europe as awarded by the Corporate Startup Summit in 2018. Irina holds a master’s degree from Financial University in Russia (KPMG program) and several diplomas from Harvard Extension School on strategy and innovation.

Aleksandra Sukhareva is the TechLab Lead at PepsiCo Russia. Since June 2019, Aleksandra has been responsible for development technological innovation and working with startups in PepsiCo Russia. Aleksandra has 14 years of experience in FMCG, 7 of which are at PepsiCo. Having gained experience in digital and product marketing of large European companies, Aleksandra joined PepsiCo in 2014 and took up the trend marketing of beverage and juice categories on the AFH channel, after which she moved to innovation management. Aleksandra graduated with honors from the Finance Academy under the Government of the Russian Federation with a degree in Finance and Credit. She also completed the program “Innovation in the Age of Disruption” at the INSEAD Business School.

Relator: Irina Martynova and Aleksandra Sukhareva

Generation S

The Role of Accelerators in the Chinese Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Date: 14/06/21 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM | - CEST

Block your agenda on June 14th at 3pm CEST and take part in an insightful discussion with China’s largest accelaration platform: TOJOY

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The session, organised in collaboration with TOJOY, aims to provide an insightful discussion on “The Role of Accelerators in the Chinese Entrepreneurial Ecosystem”. Interestingly, China was the only world power to register growth during the pandemic. With TOJOY, we will discuss China’s post-COVID recovery and its latest trends, focusing on the 14th 5-year plan through which it aims to become an innovation powerhouse and to boost technological and economic development. In particular, we will focus on the Greater Bay Area, which is considered the heart of Chinese innovation and as one of the most technologically and economic advanced regions on the planet. 

TOJOY will also illustrate its business model and approach to incubation, comparing the Chinese start-up incubation and acceleration ecosystems with the Europe’s, and offer advice for international start-ups and early-stage companies looking to enter China.

Relator: Richard Burton and Scott Douglas Williams


A Franco-British national living in Paris, Richard has had a varied career in defence electronics, cable TV, computing, information services, stock exchanges, trade credit and political risk insurance. From 1999 to 2015 he was based in Hong Kong leading the Asian regional development for Coface. From 2016 to 2019 he set up and ran his own advisory business to help young technology related companies with their development and to raise funds and was also active in M&A between Europe and China as Senior Advisor in a boutique advisory firm in Hong Kong. Richard joined TOJOY Western Europe as CEO for EMEA West in September 2019 to develop the activities in this region. TOJOY is China’s largest business acceleration platform with at its core a network of over 700,000 investors and entrepreneurs. Richard is an active Angel Investor and board advisor with interests in fintech, video games, video clip apps and electric vehicle recharging stations amongst others. Richard is a former Chairman of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Hong Kong and of the European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. He is Vice-president of the France-Hong Kong Business Association, based in Paris. He is married with three children and in his spare time enjoys long distance trail running. Scott is resident of Greater China and North Asia for the past 25 years primarily in Japan and China. He is the senior director working on global development growth for TOJOY Capital Holdings and is based in Shanghai, China. He is also the founder of the US-China Investment Committee. Scott is a prior senior executive with FedEx, DHL, and Nokia and prior vice president at the prestigious American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai. He was also the turnaround executive of late iconic pop legend Stan Lee’s POW (Purveyors of Wonder) Entertainment studio and his archives while based in Beverly Hills. Scott has a graduate degree from the Thunderbird American Graduate School graduate master program of international business and has a finance degree from the University of Oregon.

The Management of IPRs in Tech Transfer

Date: 8/06/21 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM | - CEST

Innovation is generally understood as the process of bringing valuable new products (and services) to market, and has been highlighted as one of the key factors that determines the future success of an organisation.

Intellectual property (IP), and the management of the IP throughout the new product development process is a critical factor in successfully commercialising products and services.

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The purpose of this webinar is to briefly outline what forms of IP protection may be required at each stage of the product development process, and how overall management of the IP may lead to overall improved revenues and profitability.

Relator: Maria Coro PLA Gutierrez and Sebastian Hanck

EUIPO - The European Union Intellectual Property Office

Maria Coro PLA Gutierrez, IP Expert in the Customer Department, EUIPO, has been working in the world of Intellectual Property for more than 30 years. She started as a patent examiner (mechanical specialty) at the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office (OEPM), specifically in the Technological Information Department where, in addition to making patent reports, she collaborated in the creation of several Technology Watch Bulletins. In 2013 she joined the Management Support Unit of the OEPM and was in charge of the SME Support Service for 6 years. In 2019 she was assigned to the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) as Seconded National Exper. Since then, she has been working in the Customer Department, working mainly in the SME Program of this office. Sebastian Hanck, Team Leader, Supportive Instrument in the Customer Department, EUIPO, Belgian, joined the EUIPO in 1997, worked in the Operations Department as trademarks examiner and then as Head of examination sector for 15 years. He then joined the Customer department where he was in charge of managing the Key User Programme (EUIPO key account programme for big customers) and now, since January 2021, leads the team SME supportive initiatives which includes the SME Fund and others.

Transforming Emerging Markets through Entrepreneurship

Date: | 30/3/21 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM - CEST

The session is designed to explore Nigeria’s unfolding entrepreneurial ecosystem, the role of innovation in shaping policy making as well as public/private participation in entrepreneurship and a look into what lies ahead for Africa’s biggest economy. Innovation, driven by changing consumer preferences, technology and globalization is re-inventing the way we create, add and capture value in enterprises around the world. The emerging markets have not been left out in this rapid transformation. Nigeria – the Giant of Africa, leveraging her combined strengths of deep mobile & internet penetration, a high youth population with a penchant resilience for success and a 200 million people immediate market potential, has become a leading hub for investment within the continent.

Consider transforming cultural heritages into global marketplaces, birthing 3 unicorns and attracting over $700million in VC funding (2019), the adoption of technological advances in addition to institutional agility has morphed a mono-product economy into the global brand “Niaja” impacting virtually all industrial sectors.

Relator: Anita Umoh Amorighoye and Stella Nnedinma Ayika

Ayzer, Centre for Entrepreneurship, Nigeria

Anita Umoh Amorighoye is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Ayzer Center for Entrepreneurship, Nigeria. An Enterprise Development institute that focuses on early-stage start-ups, Ayzer provides capacity, mentorship, access to finance and linkages to support business development. Anita comes with an extensive background in Banking, having developed commercial relationships and structured people programs through public- private partnerships. Anita holds an MBA (Chartered Banking) and a Master’s degree in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Stella Nnedinma Ayika teaches, mentors, and inspires young people to choose the world of entrepreneurship through project-based activities of starting their own businesses. she supports SMEs through joint training and research. Stella has gained experience from collaborative work in establishing innovation hubs in TVET institutions 2019 and the African Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production since 2011. Value is created in education when teachers continuously hone their skills, practice what they teach and constantly research. Stella holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Technology, postgraduate diploma in education and Master of Science in Business administration (entrepreneurship option). While engaging over 900 learners yearly, Stella is passionate about harnessing a system that drives learners, SMEs and the society to understand gaps and create sustainable solutions.

E.U. policies for SMEs

Date: July, 14, 2020 | From 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. - CEST

The session is designed to give participants understanding of the utmost relevance of Research and Innovation (R&I) in the economic growth strategy of economies, discuss R&I performance of the European Union (EU) in the global context and shed light on the key EU legislation and new programs to boost economic growth in Europe (including post-Covid 19 measures), based on two pillars – green transition and digital transformation. Specific focus will be given on the main pillars of Horizon Europe (2021-2027), which is the EU framework program for research and innovation, as well as the new venture capital investment instrument – European Innovation Council, which looks for promising start-ups and innovative SMEs in Europe.

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Relator: Dr. Evgeni Evgeniev

Research Attaché, Permanent Representation of Bulgaria to the European Union

Dr. Evgeni Evgeniev is the Research Attaché at the Permanent Representation of Bulgaria to the European Union. Since September 2018, he has been representing the research and innovation sector of Bulgaria in Brussels from where he operates. He is the key negotiator for Horizon Europe, which is the new Framework Program for Research and Innovation (R&I), covering the period 2021-2027, estimated at EUR 105 B., and other key legislative files that drive the R&I policy in Europe. Before his current diplomatic assignment, he advised the Minister of Education and Science of Bulgaria on research policy for two years, and he also served for three years as Vice-Rector for European Projects and Further Development at one of the top universities in Bulgaria, where he also led courses as Associate Professor in Finance. In fact, he has been teaching and doing research in Budapest, Florence, Istanbul, Parma, Seoul and Sofia. Between 2003 and 2019, he supervised over 200 master theses of his students and 3 PhD dissertations. Dr. Evgeniev is a graduate of Central European University in Budapest (PhD and MA in Public Policy/Political Economy), and Varna University of Economics (BSc in Economics and MA in International Tourism). He has an Advanced Diploma in European Studies from European College of Parma (10-months specialization).

Innovation policies for SMEs in the U.S.

Date: July, 9, 2020 | From 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. - CEST

This session is designed to give participants exposure to and an outline of various innovation policies and programs in the United States. The first part of the session will describe two of the U.S. government’s key innovation programs: the Small Business Innovation Research and the Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) programs, which provides R&D funding for SMEs, and the Small Business Administration’s Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) program, a fund of fund for VC investment in SMEs. The second part of the session will acquaint participants with a number of other U.S. innovation programs, such as the R&D tax credit, the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) and the Manufacturing Innovation Institutes, the I-Corps (Innovation Corps) program and state-level Technology-Based Economic Development (TBED) programs.

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Relator: Mr. Kenan Patrick (Ken) Jarboe and Mr. Giuseppe Gramigna

Technology Policy Consultant | World Bank Senior Consultant and Former US SBA Chief Economist

Ken Jarboe is a technology policy consultant and an internationally recognized expert on the knowledge economy. From 2015 to 2019 he was the Senior Program Officer for Manufacturing, Design and Innovation at the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). In that role, he is responsible developing and managing studies on the changing nature of manufacturing and its impact on economic growth, employment, sustainability, and quality of life. Previously he was President and Cofounder of Athena Alliance, a Washington, DC-based non-profit research organization focused on the information, intangibles, and innovation (I-Cubed) economy. Dr. Jarboe received his Ph.D. in Sociotechnological Planning and B.S. in Engineering from the University of Michigan. He has served in a number of senior staff positions for the United States Senate, including as Chief Economist for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee. Before founding Athena Alliance he served as Senior U.S. Strategist at G7 Group, Inc., a Washington-based political economy consulting firm, as Senior Fellow at the Work and Technology Institute and as an analyst at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment. His consulting clients have included the National Academy of Science, the Congressional Joint Economic Committee, the Progressive Policy Institute, the Science and Technology Policy Institute and the German Institut Arbeit und Technik. Dr. Jarboe is the author of numerous publications and presentations on intellectual capital and intangible assets, innovation, economic competitiveness, and technology policy. He has also served as an Assistant Professor of Technology Management at the University of Maryland, University College and an Adjunct Professor of International Business at Georgetown University.

Giuseppe Gramigna’s work focuses on the small and medium enterprises (SMEs). He advises national, multilateral and non- profit entities on how to best assist SMEs. His area of expertise includes: (i) national SME policies, (ii) designing SME assistance programs, (iii) program benchmarking, performance and impact evaluations, (iv) portfolio credit risk monitoring and assessments, and (v) portfolio and partner risk management. Giuseppe works with international organizations such as the World Bank, OECD, APEC, and the ASEAN. He severs on the scientific committees of several academic institutions and publications. He also serves on the advisory board of several non-profit entities that assist SMEs. At the U.S. Small Business Administration, Giuseppe served as the Agency’s Chief Economist, where he advised the Agency on economic trends affecting small businesses, and led research on economic impact evaluations and strategic planning. He served as the Chair of the interagency Subcommittee on Evaluating Business Technical Assistance Programs (E-BTAP), a group responsible for developing best practices for implementing economic impact evaluations within the U.S. Federal government. He also serves as the U.S. Permanent Delegate and Vice Chair to the OECD Working Party on SMEs and Entrepreneurship.

How SMEs could leverage sustainability to drive innovation

Date: July, 2, 2020 | From 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. - CEST

Sustainability increasingly sits at the epicenter of discourse with policy makers, companies and consumers. But the topic is often shrouded in a lack of clarity and misconceptions are rife; for example, that pursuing the aim of sustainability is necessarily challenging and costly.

We believe that sustainability should not be feared, but that it presents companies with a unique driver for innovation. We would like to outline our view on sustainability, consider what it means for the economy and firms alike and share some best practices.

Equally, we will give an overview of our holistic approach as well as the IMP³rove Stages-of-Excellence tool, which can be used to support companies in leveraging sustainability for innovation to gain a competitive advantage in an increasingly crowded marketplace.

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Relator: Mr. Martin Ruppert

Managing Director, IMP³rove – European Innovation Management Academy , Germany

Martin Ruppert is Managing Director of IMP³rove – European Innovation Management Academy and core team member of the Innovation and R&D Management practice at A.T. Kearney. Building on various consulting projects, he has comprehensive experience in innovation management, ranging from the review of innovation strategy and innovation portfolio to the development of innovative business models. He worked in Europe, the Middle East, and in Asia-Pacific. Martin is author of numerous publications on innovation management and co-author of the Global Innovation Index reports in 2015 and 2016. He has been seconded to the World Economic Forum to manage the project “Fostering Innovation-Driven Entrepreneurship in Europe” and was advisor for the project “Collaborative Innovation – Transforming Business, Driving Growth”.

Social Enterprise at a time of Crisis

Date: June, 25, 2020 | From 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. - CEST

Social Enterprises (SEs) have carved out a unique path in the landscape of enterprise and economic development. All enterprises are socially embedded, but SEs have demonstrated how mission, form and action geared towards addressing the needs of communities, changes people’s lives, even when they operate with constrained resources. From acupuncture to bus shelters, care for the elderly, education, the use of drones for local farming, and women at work, SEs have transformed the agenda for growth and development around the world. They have impacted corporate agendas and public services hugely resulting in their own switch to shared values and enhanced public good services. COVID-19 underscores the fragility of SEs, but equally, crises sharpen the focus on their value and resilience.

This webinar will walk participants through the changing scenarios of SEs, their massive influence on SMEs and business in general, and how they navigate their way through crises.

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Relator: Prof. Jay Mitra

Professor of Business Enterprise and Innovation, Essex Business School, University of Essex, UK, and INSME Board Member

Jay Mitra is Professor of Business Enterprise and Innovation and Director of the Venture Academy at Essex Business School, University of Essex. He has acted as a Scientific Adviser to the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) as the Head of the Scientific Committee on Entrepreneurship for the OECD’s Centre for Entrepreneurship and the LEED (Local Economic and Employment Development) Programme at its Trento Centre and in Paris. He is a Visiting Scholar at the University of Luneburg, Germany, a has been a Visiting Professor at University Externado, Colombia, the Institute of Management Technology, India, the School of Management, Fudan University, and the School of Public Policy at Jilin University, both in China, and at Bologna University, Italy. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in the UK. Jay Mitra also leads the International Entrepreneurship Forum (IEF) a unique network and forum for researchers, policy makers and business practitioners working on entrepreneurship, innovation and regional development issues ( He is the editor of the new Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Emerging Economies’ published by Sage.

Intellectual Property Management

Date: June, 11, 2020 | From 3.00 to 4.00 p.m. - CEST

In the current era of knowledge-based economy, the main value of companies is represented by the so-called “intangible assets” that became crucial for businesses.  Adequate protection and management of Intellectual Property Rights can generate a considerable increase in the value of innovative and creative businesses. Furthermore companies able to innovate and protect their IP assets, grow more rapidly and generate the greatest benefits for the business itself and the community.

That said, before starting any business abroad is highly advisable to know tips and tricks to protect SME’s IP rights in the destination markets/countries. The ability of SMEs to develop and adopt long term and best cost-effective worldwide strategies of protection and exploitation of IPRs is one of the pillars of successful exporting activities in these countries. 

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Relator: Mr. Elio De Tullio

Italian Attorney-at-Law and Lawyer, Registered European and Italian Trade Mark & Design Attorney, De Tullio & Partners

Elio De Tullio is Managing Partner of De Tullio & Partners, Intellectual Property Law Firm. Attorney-at-Law admitted to the Bar in Italy since 1994 and litigator before the Italian Corporate Courts specialized in Intellectual Property. He is registered as European and Italian Trade Mark & Design Attorney since 2005. He matured considerable expertise in assisting companies (in particular, SMEs) and associations operating internationally in the technology sector. He cooperates as an expert with WIPO, EUIPO and the European Commission, as well as with the EU-China and the EU-Asean IPR SME Helpdesks. He is a frequent lecturer for several Italian Universities and speaker during international conferences and seminars, as well as author of numerous publications and articles on international magazines and reviews.

The Lean Start-up Methodology

Date: May, 28, 2020 | From 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. - CEST

The lean start up is a powerful tool to make sure we approach an innovation from a problem based point of view rather than from a technology, solution driven one.

We develop innovations to create an impact, mobilise a change while solving problems. If nobody uses our ideas, in any way we will not be able to achieve our goals.

The webinar, designed with people with little business experience, will introduce the methodology and the tool and help participants to look at their daily jobs with a different perspective.

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Relator: Mr. Andrea Di Anselmo

Vice President & Founding Member, META & Vice President, INSME –The International Network for SMEs

Andrea Di Anselmo is a founding member of META. He has 25 years of experience in innovation and startup support gained participating to international projects and influencing strategic addresses as member of the BoD of intermediary organizations, research institutes, Business Angels Networks and SMEs. He is in the Board of Directors of META Ventures, the management company operating the Ingenium seed funds in Italy, Slovenia and Poland. Andrea is also Vice President of INSME.