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Open Innovation Power Couple Panel: How Corporates and Startups can Partner for Success


Tuesday, August 19, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)

Open Innovation Power Couple Panel: How Corporates and...

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Meet the Open Innovation Power Couples

*Hosted by Accenture Open Innovation

Opposites attract, or so goes the adage.  Perhaps it’s no surprise then that corporations and start-ups are increasingly finding not just common ground, but also unique opportunities to team up. 

Start-ups can help corporations amp up their open innovation programs by providing greater access to emerging technologies, highly skilled workforces and reducing R&D costs.

Corporations can help start-ups get greater access to a wide variety of resources, support scalability, enhance their brand by association and even help gain clients. 


Hear from “power couples”, including SAP Ventures + Apigee, LinkedIn + Percolate, and Accenture + Anaplan, who have made magic together.  Join Accenture Open Innovation for an insightful discussion on navigating the waters of open innovation between corporates and startups. 

Panelists will include 3 power couples, the corporate bridgemaker and the startup duos that have partnered together to create win-win relationships.


6:00pm - 6:30pm - Networking, Drinks + Food *FUSION tacos & CREAM ice cream sandwiches!

6:30pm - 7:30pm - Panel Discussion

7:30pm - 8:00pm - Q&A

8:00pm - 8:30pm - Networking





Alessandra Sadan
Alessandra Sadan-  SAP Ventures, VP Market Development

Alessandra Sadan is Vice President of Market Development at SAP Ventures. She works closely with portfolio companies to pursue strategic business development opportunities within the broader enterprise ecosystem. Alessandra has extensive experience in the enterprise software industry, having worked at SAP for 14 years in roles ranging from product management and sales to marketing and business development. Her expertise includes understanding what it takes to build and sell software, and identifying high-impact partnership opportunities and go-to-market strategies.

View Profile, or follow on Twitter @SAP_Ventures


 Jitendra Kavathekar

Jitendra Kavathekar- Accenture, Managing Director of Open Innovation 

Jitendra has in-depth experience bringing innovative ideas into the "light of day" by building and leading teams that create award-winning products.  Jitendra currently leads Accenture Open Innovation, an entrepreneurial team of people who engage in ecosystems of innovation globally with a goal of enabling Accenture to bring broad yet highly innovative and cutting edge solutions to Accenture’s Global2000 clients.  Jitendra has held executive roles at tech / digital companies such as Yahoo!, Motorola, Palm, HP, and various startups.

View Profile, or follow on Twitter @JeetKavathekar

Valter Sciarrillo 

Valter Sciarrillo- LinkedIn, Head of Measurement, Marketing Solutions 

As Head of the Measurement Team within Marketing Solutions business, Valter is responsible for helping marketers better understand how LinkedIn’s products, solutions & ecosystem are creating value for them. Valter works with LinkedIn’s sales, marketing, and product teams to build scalable solutions to help quantify true business impact across LinkedIn’s ad and content marketing products.  Prior to joining LinkedIn, Valter served as Director of Ad effectiveness within the Marketing Solutions team at Yahoo.

View Profile, or follow on Twitter @vsciarrillo


Sam Ramji

Sam Ramji- Apigee, VP Strategy

At Apigee, Sam defines the 3-5 year strategy for the company across markets, partnerships, and technologies. He is a software strategist with operational experience in product development, marketing, public relations, and business development. He's been successful at all company stages from startup (NetStudio) to megacorporation (Microsoft). He is interested in making the world more open, data-driven, and innovative.

View Profile, or follow on Twitter @sramji

Dennis Dresser 

Dennis Dresser- Anaplan, GM- Americas  

Dennis has an impressive track record of executing rapid growth strategy for SaaS and software companies. Prior to joining Anaplan, Dennis was VP of Sales, Americas at Eloqua, where he guided the company through their IPO and acquisition by Oracle. He also held Sales management and leadership roles at IBM, ATG, Intershop, and Oracle. Dennis holds a BS in Accounting & Communications from Loyola Marymount University. He is passionate about working with organizations to deliver on revenue growth and operational efficiency initiatives.

View Profile, or follow on Twitter @DennisDresser


Shik Sundar

Shik Sundar - Percolate, Head of Platform 

Shik leads platform, partnership, and business development initiatives for Percolate.  Prior to Percolate, he co-founded and held founding executive positions at two venture-backed startups with successful exits in the healthcare technology space - Optimum Outcomes (acquired by Waud Capital Partners) and Benefitter (acquired by Benefits Me Solutions).  Shik specializes in strategic partnerships that accelerate sales and for product development.  He is a dog lover and a long distance passage sailor.

View Profile, or follow on Twitter @ShikSundar



Michele McConomy

Michele McConomy- Vice President, RocketX

Michele joins the RocketSpace team with vast experience in the corporate innovation space.  Her expertise includes leading global organizations to develop, manage, and mature corporate innovation programs by advising enterprises on the real nature in which ideas are conceptualized, incubated, managed and commercialized within a corporate environment.  Michele comes to RocketSpace from Mindjet where she was VP of U.S. Business Services, responsible for overseeing a multi-million dollar portfolio of corporate innovation services and consulting engagements.  

View Profile, or follow on Twitter @michelemcconomy  


Sponsored by Accenture Open Innovation

Accenture is one of the world’s leading organizations providing management consulting, technology and outsourcing services, with approximately 289,000 employees; a client roster including 92 of the Global Fortune 100 companies; offices and operations in more than 200 cities in 56 countries; and net revenues of $28.6 billion for fiscal 2013.

Using our knowledge of the technology ecosystem, including VCs, start-ups, universities and emerging technology companies, combined with our understanding of client needs, Accenture Open Innovation connects both clients and Accenture offering teams to organizations that will provide value to their businesses, services and products.

Read about Accenture’s six Technology Vision trends here.


Have questions about Open Innovation Power Couple Panel: How Corporates and Startups can Partner for Success? Contact RocketSpace

When & Where

180 Sansome St.
3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)

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