Corporate x Startup Summit


Corporate x Startup Summit

This summit is part of Techfestival: a 3-day festival in Copenhagen with 200+ events on humans and technology.
Interested? Great! Please apply to join. Note that this summit has limited seats.

Building the European model for innovation

Silicon Valley startups are moving from directly disrupting traditional markets, to super-powering larger corporations to disrupt their own markets. Join to explore this trend, which allows corporations to reinvent themselves with the power of startups and new technologies.

We will look at a new path for European corporations. The past 20 years or so, larger companies have tried to mimic Silicon Valley’s venture and accelerator models, but the return on investment often fails to provide. We are going to explore what makes European companies different, and why European startups are more likely to be acquired by US corporations than their European counterparts.

Last year, we explored the topic Innovation Theater, and how to identify and avoid it. This year, we aim to shape a new Europe-centric model for corporate x startup engagement and scale. Regardless of whether you attended Big Tech Summit 2018, join in on the conversation – the content this year will be entirely different.

Key questions to explore

  • How do corporations and startups scale together?
  • How do we move from innovation theatre to corporate startup blockbusters?
  • What is the European model for corporate venture and innovation?

Desired outcome

A video mash-up or podcast from the day with opinions and thoughts on the European Model that we will come up with.

Who can join?

Corporate innovation executives, enterprise-focused startups, innovation consultant, B2B investors, and anyone with something important to say.


Welcome: Today’s topic & program:
Torsten Kolind, Helene Kristiansen (Summit Co-hosts)

The $6BN Unity Journey – From Startup to big company:
David Helgason (Co-Founder of Unity & Partner at

State of affairs: Corporate x Startup Engagement:
Ufuk Keskin (ex Marriott, Starwood), Nick Hawtin (Nordic Legal Tech), Morten Benn (Nosco)

Founder’s view: How to collaborate with corporations:
Mikkel Christian Sørensen (Omnio)

Exploring the European model for startup engagement:
Maz Spork (ISS Corporate Garage), Owen McFadzen (Prehype), John Zibert (Leo Innovation Lab)

The role of government in the corporate x startup ecosystem:
Camilla Rygaard-Hjalsted (Digital Hub Denmark)

European future of corporate x startup collaboration:
Ana Carolina Alex (27Pilots, ex BMW startup garage)

Next steps:
Torsten Kolind, Helene Kristiansen (Summit co-hosts)

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Who are your summit hosts:

Torsten Kolind (DK)

Torsten has corporate innovation in his DNA. Born into a family of management consultants, Torsten very early on was exposed to the value of startups and their role in innovation in corporations. A bioinformatics engineer by training, Torsten co-founded YouNoodle, a technology platform to source, select and engage the most promising startups in the world. Prior to YouNoodle, Torsten ran Denmark’s largest startup engagement program, Venture Cup. He has written opinion pieces for both Wall Street Journal and Entrepreneur Magazine. Torsten is a frequent speaker on corporate innovation, and how governments can spur ecosystem growth through global startup engagement.

Helene M. O. Kristiansen (DK)

Helene is an entrepreneurial business strategist with over 10 years of focus and expertise in strategy and innovation consulting, global management and business growth initiatives in various industries. From her early education in Applied Mathematics, through boutique and top-tier strategy consulting roles, to building innovation outposts in Silicon Valley, Helene has seen and experienced first-hand the power and pitfalls with corporate-startup collaborations. Today, Helene is heading up the Corporate Innovation agenda at Innovation Centre Denmark, Silicon Valley, serving as a growth and innovation advisor and facilitator into the Silicon Valley ecosystem.


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