Learn from inspiring talks by 30 executive speakers and experts

Interactive Labs

Immerse yourself in interactive sessions led by academic experts

Roundtable Discussions

Share experiences with peers and gain valuable insights and ideas


Connect with peers during discussions, breaks, lunches and dinners


Select talks, discussions and labs across 7 innovation themes

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Seven themes

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  • #1

    Business Model Innovation & Breakthrough Innovation

  • #2

    Innovation Culture and Organizing for Growth

  • #3

    Lean Startup, Collaborating with Startups and CV

  • #4

    Digital Transformation and Service Innovation

  • #5

    Design Thinking, Front End and Foresighting

  • #6

    Ecosystems, Partnering and Co-Creation

  • #7

    Circular Economy and Sustainable Innovation


Mohanbir Sawhney

Author and Professor

  • Globally recognized scholar
  • One of 25 most influential people in digital business (Business Week)
  • World Economic Forum fellow
  • Co-author “Fewer, Bigger, Bolder”

Michael Skok

Entrepreneur in Residence, Co-Founder at _Underscore.VC

  • Serial entrepreneur turned venture capitalist and teacher
  • Creator of renowned “Startup Secrets” at Harvard iLab
  • CEO in digital apps business for 21 years

Marcus Weldon

President of Bell Labs and Corporate CTO

  • Author of The Future X Network: A Bell Labs Perspective
  • Inaugurator of Bell Labs Prize and a luminary in the industry
  • Winner of a series of scientific society awards

Michael Jacobides

Sir Donald Gordon Chair of Innovation & Entrepreneurship

  • Highly-regarded academic formerly of Wharton, Harvard
  • Sloan Foundation Award for best industry study
  • Visiting Scholar on changing business models, New York Fed

Speakers & Facilitators

Keynotes, track talks and labs by 30 corporate speakers
from different industries and academic experts

all the speakers

Yuval Dvir

Global Product Operations

Sean Carney

Chief Design Officer & Executive Vice President

Kai Grassie

SVP Corporate Innovation

Håkan Nordkvist

Head of Sustainability Innovation

Matthias Meyer

Head of BMW Startup Garage

Dirk Voelkel

CTO Innovation & Analytics

Paul Michael

FastWorks and DFSS Leader

Karin Schumacher

Global Product Portfolio Director

David Gram

Senior Innovation Director, LEGO Creative Lab

Markus Durstewitz

Head of Innovation Methods and Tools

David Hurley


Paolo Bavaj

Corporate Director New Business Development

Manfred Tropper

CEO & Founder

Carole Favart

Kansei Design Division General Manager

John van der Linden

Global Connect & Develop Manager Fabric & Home Care

Mattia De Dominicis

VP-R&D Global Category Director, Dish & Fabric

Per Falholt

Executive Vice President for R&D (Formerly)

Nancy Tennant

Whirlpool VP Innovation Emeritus. Adj. Professor Univ. of Notre Dame

Peter Hiscocks

CEO Judge Business School Executive Education

Marc Gruber

Prof. of Entrepreneurship and Triple “Thought Leader” Award Winner

George Tovstiga

Professor of Strategy Practice

Chris Mills

Director for Corporate Programs

More speakers

to be announced

An Innovation Event Unlike Any Other


Gathering of Innovation Executives from Large Multinational Firms


Roundtable Discussions and Labs Moderated by Experts


For Corporate Attendees Only.
Over 25h of Informal Networking



Immersive sessions with short presentations and group discussions facilitated by academic experts

Busting Orthodoxies to Unleash Innovation

facilitator: Mohanbir Sawhney, Kellogg School of Management

I-mentors: Facilitators and Guides for Innovation Teams

facilitator: Nancy Tennant, University of Notre Dame

Identifying Innovative Growth Options for your Firm

facilitator: Marc Gruber, EPFL

Using Lean Startup in Large Firms

facilitator: Peter Hiscocks, University of Cambridge

Surviving Innovation by Facing Down the Black Dog

facilitator: Nancy Tennant, University of Notre Dame

Bringing Ideas in From the Outside

facilitator: Peter Hiscocks, University of Cambridge

Identifying and Scaling Circular Economy Opportunities

facilitator: Peter Hopikson, University of Bradford

Let’s Get Real: Taking Fads Out Of Innovation

facilitator: Michael Jacobides, London Business School

Using Failure Intelligently for Insights and Innovation

facilitator: George Tovstiga, EDHEC

Innovating Through Disruptive Business Models: Lessons From the Startup World

facilitator: Michael Skok, Harvard Business School

Transforming Culture From the Top and Empowering From the Bottom

facilitator: Peter Hiscocks, University of Cambridge

Innovation De-Constructed: The 4 Essentials for Creating Innovation within Your Firm

facilitator: Nancy Tennant, University of Notre Dame

Building a Responsive Organization at a Time of Ecosystem Change

facilitator: Michael Jacobides, London Business School

Heartfulness: Enhancing Creativity through Mediation

facilitator: Chris Mills, The Heartfulness Institute USA

Who Is Attending

Exclusively for innovation executives in large multinational firms! The world's largest gathering of its kind

Attending companies include:

  • 3m
  • airbus
  • BASF
  • BMW
  • DSM
  • Evonik
  • GE
  • Google
  • Michelin
  • Novo Nordisk
  • P&G
  • Philips
  • Bosch
  • Danone
  • Daimler
  • DHL
  • Huawei
  • IKEA
  • Intel
  • Mars
  • Shell
  • Siemens
  • Thales
  • Unilever
all the companies




A great experience. I talked to people from different industries
and had brilliant roundtable discussions, which helped me
find out how to get future ideas come to life.

Joachim Rask - Vice President Innovation Operations at Electrolux

The Summit was a great platform
to learn, exchange and partner up.

Wolfgang Reich - Director, Advanced Materials & Systems Research at BASF

It was great to meet up with such a big group of peers
and experts from different industries and countries.
This is unique and I would not want to miss it.

Jürgen Dettling - Chief Technologist at HP

Network, practical learning, validation and fun
with key leaders across the industries!
What more to expect?!

Jean-Paul Hautekeer - Global Marketing Director at Dow Corning

Great opportunity to discuss with peers and experts
innovation questions in depth. I got great insight
on how to deal with intangible value propositions.

Otto Gies - VP Head of New Business at Airbus Defence & Space

Networking & Dinners

Over 25 hours dedicated to informal networking, including coffee breaks, lunches, and three dinners.

7 Nov: Pre-Summit Dinner

8 Nov: Buffet Networking Dinner (included)

9 Nov: Seated Dinner

info & tickets

Innovation Roundtable®
Summit 2016

Copenhagen, 8 - 10 November 2016