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Gala Dinner, May 14   more info £395.00 £0.00
Tech Scout Challenge, May 14   more info £95.00 £0.00
Global Corporate Venturing Symposium, May 15   more info £750.00 £0.00
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Plus Tech Scout Challenge

Join us for the Tech Scout Challenge, followed by a Gala Dinner/Awards and the Corporate Venturing Symposium. 

Program Agenda

Monday 14 May

Tech Scout Challenge and Global Corporate Venturing Awards

In association with Baker Botts, Silicon Valley Bank and the American Security Challenge, sponsored by UKTI

Location: Baker Botts, 41 Lothbury, London, EC2R 7H. Map here.

This event brings together the best of British entrepreneurs, selected by UKTI's judges, seeking between £2m and £10m over the next year with their most promising and successful peers from round the world, chosen by applicants received and reviewed by the American Security Challenge. These 15 innovative technology companies provide solutions in the areas of information technology, social and digital media, financial services, and cyber security and energy technologies. We challenge them to spark your interest.

Their task: to convince a room of Fortune 500-scale corporations managing more than $5bn in invested or committed venture capital under management that they deserve the support and finance these corporate venturing units can bring to make them even more successful. (For the full descriptions of the finallists being presented and the biographies of the speakers, please see related content at the bottom.)

08.30 - 09.00: Registration, coffee and networking

09.00 - 09.15: Welcome: Neil Foster, Partner at Baker Botts, and James Mawson, Founder and Editor of Global Corporate Venturing

09.15 - 10.00: Panel discussion on the UK as a place to invest by the UKTI on behalf of the British Government.

                      Moderator: James Mawson, Founder and Editor of Global Corporate Venturing

                      Panellists: Bruce Beckloff, Head of Corporate Business Development, ARM Holdings PLC

                                       Jerneja Joncar, Investment Manager, GM Ventures

                                       Jerry Ennis, Strategic Adviser to venture capital unit, UKTI

10.00 - 10.15: Break

The morning set of nine British entrepreneurial challengers has been chosen by UKTI after judging by the distinguished:

Mike Brown, Founder and Partner, AOL Ventures

Steve Gibson, Partner, Euclid Opportunities

Veronique Hervouet, Senior Vice President of Investments at Total Energy Ventures, Total SA

Davorin Kuchan, Director of Corporate Venturing and Innovation Texas Instruments

Alex McCracken, Director, Silicon Valley Bank

Maria Molland, Strategic Adviser to Venture Capital Unit, UKTI

Thorsten Piesl, Vice President, State Street

10.15 - 11.00: First set of three Tech Scout Challengers on Clean-Tech, introduced by UKTI's Maria Molland

2k Manufacturing



11.00 - 11.15: Break

11.15 - 12.00: Second set of three Tech Scout Challengers on Social and Digital Media, introduced by UKTI's Maria Molland




12.00 - 12.15: Break

12.15 - 13.00: Third set of three Tech Scout Challengers on Financial Services, introduced by UKTI's Maria Molland




13.00 - 14.00: Lunch, provided by Baker Botts

14.00 - 14.05: Welcome Back: Tim Lafferty, Managing Director, Global Corporate Venturing

14.05 - 14.15: The Tech Scout Challenge:  Roger London, Chairman, American Security Challenge

The afternoon set of six challengers has been chosen by applicants received and reviewed by the American Security Challenge.

14.15 - 15.00: Speed pitches from first set of three international Tech Scout Challenger Finalists:



Agincourt Solutions

15.00 - 15.30: Break

15.30 - 16.15 - Panel discussion - how to sell to the US Government. 

                        Moderator: Roger London, Chairman, American Security Challenge

                        Panelists: William Gaches, Director of Strategy, Northrop Grumman

                                         Erik Sebusch, Partner, CMEA Capital

16.15 - 17.00: Speed pitches from second set of three international Tech Scout Challenger Finalists:



RedOwl Analytics

17.00 - 18.00: Closing remarks and challenger prizes by James Mawson, Editor and Founder, Global Corporate Venturing, Neil Foster, Partner, Baker Botts, and Maria Molland, UKTI, then open networking.

18.00 - 19.45 - Cocktails on the 7th floor terrace, hosted by Silicon Valley Bank (or downstairs at Baker Botts in case of rain), with presentation of awards for best practice in corporate venturing.

If you are interested in supporting this event by being a Corporate Partner and being involved in the selection process of Challenger Companies, please read this document for information.

If you are a tech company wishing to submit an application to present, click here for more information.

Gala Dinner celebrating the Global Corporate Venturing Awards. SOLD OUT

Monday May 14, 2012

Join us on the terrace of Silicon Valley Bank, opposite the Bank of England and the old London Stock Exchange building (called the Royal Exchange) for cocktails. Take in the fantastic view, meet your peers and old friends and celebrate best practice in the industry as we present the Global Corporate Venturing Awards before heading over to the Royal Exchange for a gala dinner to celebrate the corporate venturing industry's achievements over the past year.

Location: Silicon Valley Bank, 7th Floor, 41 Lothbury, EC2R 7HF

18.00 - 19.45 - Cocktails and presentation of awards for best practice in corporate venturing

20.00 - 23.00 - Dinner at Sauterelle, The Royal Exchange, London EC3V 3LR

After-dinner - exclusive entrance to the private members' club, Eight Bar, opposite the Royal Exchange. (Guests to the Gala Dinner and Symposium can use the club facilities during the day of the 14th with a special pass - please email for the unique offer.)

Tuesday May 15th

Global Corporate Venturing's 2nd Annual Symposium

"Added Value Corporate Venturing"

Location: CBI, Centre Point, 103 New Oxford Street, London WC1A 1DU. Map here.

Join 150 of the key influencers and decision-makers in corporate venturing at the showpiece event of the year.

07.45 Registration, coffee/networking

08.15 Welcome: James Mawson, Editor, Global Corporate Venturing

08.20 The Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities and Science

08.30 Keynote: Justin Adams, Founder and Former Head of BP Ventures

09.00 Panel: Why firms are raising so many funds, and so many are outside of the US? Moderator: Stephen Ziff, Partner, Coller Capital

                     Panelists: Shellie Davis,  Director of Mergers & Acquisitions at The Coca-Cola Company

                                      Fabienne Herlaut, Managing Partner, Ecomobilite Ventures

                                      Dominique Megret, Head, Swisscom Ventures

                                      Martin Grieve, Managing Director, Unilever Corporate Ventures

09.45 Panel: How can firms deal with a globally-distributed, cross-sectoral innovation landscape? Moderator: Andrew Gaule, Founder, Corven Networks

                     Panelists: Nagraj Kashyap, Vice President of Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures

                                     Michael Boshammer, Portfolio Manager at T-Venture

                                     Chris Haase, Principal Business Adviser to CTO and EVP of Innovation R&D, Royal/Dutch Shell

                                     Mark Felix, Investment Manager, Dow Venture Capital

An examination of what has happened to deal flow as corporate venturing units play a more significant part of the investment in entrepreneurial companies as these nascent businesses innovate round the world instead of being concentrated in pockets, such as Silicon Valley. Innovation is becoming increasingly global but also many of the most significant trends will come from cross-sector connections, such as IT hardware being built on organisms or biofuels from algae.

10.30 - 11.30 break. Coffee/networking

11.30 Panel:  Venture connectivity. Moderator: Erik Sebusch, Partner, CMEA

How corporate venturing can work with other venture partners, from foundations to VCs and universities and angel investors

                   Panelists:  Tony Stanco, Executive Director, National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (

                                     Matthew Mead, Head, NESTA Investments

                                     Peter Cowley, Investment Director of Martlet

                                     Cédriane de Boucaud, Partner, Disruptive Capital

12.15 - 12.30 Keynote: Academic insights: Gary Dushnitsky, Associate Professor of Strategic and International Management & Entrepreneurship, London Business School

12.30 - 13.00 Panel: Macro trends: Moderator: Erik Vermeulen,  Senior Counsel Corporate, Philips, and Professor of Business and Financial Law, Tilburg University Law School

How governments are helping the venture ecosystem and what they should be doing to improve things further.

                  Panelists:  Masato Hisatake, Senior Official, Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)

                                    Adam Lent, Director of Programme, UK's Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce  

                                    Matthias Ummenhofer, Head of Venture Capital, European Investment Fund (EIF)

13.00 - 14.30 lunch with guest talk and forum on Intellectual Property by Mark Radcliffe and Edward Griffiths, Partners, DLA Piper

14.30 Keynote: David Lawson, Open Innovation Manager, Procter & Gamble

The view from the top: If corporations are the one group (aside from some sovereigns) with cash-rich balance sheets, how do they use it to improve the assets of an economy using Open Innovation - as discussed by one of the industry pioneers from P&G's Connect + Develop?

15.00  Panel: War stories: CEOs and corporate venturers discuss their deals, presented by Gerald Brady, Managing Director of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB)

           IBM Venture Capital's Martin Kelly talks with SmartCamp winner Profitero's Chief Executive, Volodymyr Pigrukh

           Synchrony Venture Management's Managing Director, Adam Caper, talks with Gerald Brady about his Innovation Capital method for measuring strategic value

           Crispin Leick, Managing Director, Innogy Venture Capital, and Jules Kortenhorst, Chief Executive, Topell Energy

15.45 - 16.15 Break

16.15pm Panel: The next generation of corporate venturing leaders

Moderator: Neil Foster, Partner, Baker Botts

                                   Panelists: Davorin Kuchan, Director of Corporate Venturing and Innovation, Texas Instruments

                                                   Bernhard Mohr, Managing Director, Evonik Corporate Venturing

                                                   Mike Brown, Founder and Parner, AOL Ventures

                                                   Geoff Duyk, Co-Head, TPG Biotech and Alternative Renewable Technologies

How or whether (public and private equity) shareholders are increasingly starting to value longer-term value creation and encouraging the creation of corporate venturing units as a key tool in this process.

17.00 Keynote Discussion:  Tom Thornton, Head of Innovation Alliances, Cleveland Clinic, and William Taranto, Managing Director, Merck & Co.'s Global Health Innovation Fund

17.30 Keynote: Jon Moulton, Founder and Chairman, Better Capital


Global Corporate Venturing Awards 

Categories and Shortlist:

Firm of the Year

Ten corporate venturing units that are regarded as most influential in their sector, as rated by Global Corporate Venturing, are to be judged by its advisory board for an overall firm of the year. 

The 10 shortlisted are:
Deutsche Telekom's T-Venture - Utilities - leading more deals, going earlier stage

General Motors Venture - Transport & Logistics - kick-started venturing in its sector and highly-regarded programme widely followed by peers

Intel Capital - IT - $10bn invested in 20 years by a 200-strong team with unprecedented introductions between portfolio companies and Fortune 1000 companies - two new funds AppUp/UltraBook, global active.

Salesforce - Services - explosive development through venturing to broaden its service, complemented by CEO's personal deals

Naspers' MIH - Media - Unparalleled emerging markets network and biggest success of any venturing unit

General Electric's GE Capital, Equity - Industrial - highly regarded Ecomagination and Healthymagination programmes supported by internal buy-in from its legendary cadre of managers

Novartis Ventures - Healthcare - strong exits, including from its Option fund, and continued dealmaking

Citi Ventures- Financial Services - widely imitated venturing unit among financial services peers and a top tier of dealmakers and innovation experts.

Chevron Technology Ventures - Energy/Raw Materials & Clean-Tech - Chevron's ability to find entrepreneurs to help its parent is perhaps without equal.

Unilever Corporate Ventures- Consumer - creating a new-unique Federation model across the innovation piece from spin-outs and incubation to early-stage and buyouts around the world.

Personality of the Year: Someone who has helped the industry most by their leadership over the past year.

Steve Socolof - New Venture Partners, for his work with the NVCA's corporate venturing group

Martin Kelly - IBM, for advising Innovation Fund - Ireland and creating Smartcamp

Martin Haemmig - Cetim, for his work on emerging markets corporate venturing

Arvind Sodhani - Intel Capital, for value-added investing and showing the power and possibilities of cross-sectoral/regional investing and linking portfolio companies to Fortune 1000 companies as customers and suppliers.

Toshihisa Adachi - Itochu, for helping Japan rebuild its entrepreneurial ecosystem using corporate venturing as president of the JVCA, ahead of moves by US and UK trade bodies to put corporate venturing personnel on their main boards.

Mikhail Chuckevich - Bright Capital, for encouraging Russia's nascent corporate venturing market and international possibilities in the US

Chris Coburn - Cleveland Clinic, planned fundraising and creation of innovation alliances with peers in the US.

Industry Legend: A lifetime achievement award to Roy Davis, ex-head Johnson & Johnson Development Corp.

Fundraising/Launch of the Year: The biggest or most sophisticated launch or fundraisng.

Chesapeake - $1bn in energy/clean-tech

ZTE Innovative Fund - China fund

BMW iVentures - crossing vehicles and electronics

Evonik - €100m in industrials

ST New Ventures - information technology unit set up to highest standards

Exit of the Year: The best sale from a corporate venturing portfolio.

Verastem - controversial first day pop after IPO and money for early-stage cancer research

C3 Technologies - Saab Ventures' sale of 3D mapping technology to Apple for 9x return

Amobee - sale of mobile advertiser to SingTel, even though a rival bidder had been a corporate venturing backer in Telefonica and Vodafone

LinkedIn - Business network reinvigorated the US markets for IPOs and first day pops for big CVC wins

Rahu - Unilever sells industrials spin out to OM Group shows cross-sector application of in-house research

Fundamo - South African financial services technology exits to Visa to show the global dispersion of next generation ideas

Investment of the Year: The investment that has garnered most praise or positive attention.

Living Social - Amazon's riposte to Groupon with a $176m round as part of the year of social media

Martini Media - Reed Elsevier drinks to advertising innovation

Verastem - $20m C round two months before quick IPO belying the difficulties of early-stage healthcare to get funding from public and private sources

55tuan - $200m round for China-based consumer retailer showing the potential and size of opportunity

Valeritas - $150m round proving to exit markets the company had life, with sale shortly thereafter

BrightSource Energy - $200m round as Chevron's innovative use of solar power producer to heat stream to improve oil yields, cross-sectoral innovation

GreatPoint Energy - $420m round led by a China firm as part of a larger partnership indicating transfer of IP from US to China.


Awards decided using data and supporting material by the Global Corporate Venturing editorial board in late March/early April. 


Prices and How to Register

Tech Scout Challenge: £95

Cocktails and Gala Dinner: £395 SOLD OUT

Corporate Venturing Symposium £750

20% discount for Global Corporate Venturing Subscribers - contact Tim Lafferty for the code ( Places are limited and sold on a first come, first served basis.

Click here to register and pay. For more information or to sponsor this event, contact Tim Lafferty on +44 1483 720295.

Cancellation policy: 30 days + before event - full refund

                                7 - 30 days before event - 50% refund

                                less than 7 days before event or 'no show' - no refund

Hotel Accommodation

Delegates at these events can benefit from an 8% discount of the Best Available Room Rates at the Bloomsbury Hotel on the nights of May 13/14/15. Just use code Global Corporate Venturing if you call or email Tel: +44 (0) 207 347 1000, Email:

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