EMPOWERING CORPORATE INNOVATION: Lessons all companies can learn from Silicon Valley innovators & entrepreneurs
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EMPOWERING CORPORATE INNOVATION: Lessons all companies can learn from Silicon Valley innovators & entrepreneurs

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Silicon Valley Innovation Center

1850 Gateway Drive


San Mateo, CA 94404

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Silicon Valley Innovation Center presents:

One day hands-on workshop, featuring 4 top Silicon Valley experts on innovation.

February 27th 2017, San Mateo


How can you make your company as innovative as Silicon Valley entrepreneurs?

It is becoming harder and harder for large corporations to compete with disruptive startups and keep up with innovative trends in their industries.

What lessons can established companies learn from innovative startups?

These four bright speakers and top Silicon Valley experts on innovation will share their insights and teach you how you can help your company become an innovative newsmaker and the agenda-setter for the industry!


- Learn how to build a corporate incubator and accelerator to grow internal startups and explore new territories in your business to lead your company's transition to innovative future;

- Practice ways to design innovative business models, manage innovation, implement innovative products and solutions in your business processes;

- Inspire and cultivate innovation and entrepreneurship in your corporate culture and mentor innovative leaders and teams;

- Find out how to establish a corporate venture fund, evaluate perspective ideas and make right investments.

Get a set or practical instructions, methods and tools that will catalyze and scale innovation inside your company.

Everything you need to know to empower innovation in your organization and become a change maker.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Corporate executives, CEOs and founders, HR executives & business development managers, business consultants, team leaders, startup teams


  • What are the key drivers of innovation which any company can adopt?

  • Who are the innovators? And how can you identify these change leaders inside your company?

  • How do you create an innovative culture and ecosystem for entrepreneurship inside any organization?

  • How to make the right investments in innovative ideas, products and services that your company needs?

  • How to lead innovation inside your company and manage corporate accelerator, venture fund or R&D lab?

A unique event that will bring your company and your leadership to a new level!


8.30 - 9am Welcome coffee, Opening remarks from SVIC

PART 1: 9 am - 11 am


  • The concept of Innovation; Types of Innovation; Drivers of Innovation

  • The mechanics and technologies of corporate innovation

  • The key elements of innovation (Corporate VC, R&D, Accelerators)

  • Challenges of Internal innovation and transformation

PART 2. 11 am - 1 pm


  • Strategies of corporate Investment

  • Structure of corporate VC groups

  • How to invest in startups / due diligence

  • Key principles of working with startups

Lunch break: 1 pm - 2 pm

PART 3: 2pm - 4 pm


- Innovative ecosystems and what makes them effective

- How to inspire, create and develop innovative culture inside your organization?

- What are the lessons that all companies should learn from Silicon Valley startups?

- Basics of corporate acceleration: how can a company grow internal startups and successfully manage them?

- How to inspire intrapreneurship and facilitate your company’s growth and change?

PART 4: 4pm - 6pm


  • A CEO as an Entrepreneur: What it takes to be an innovative leader of your company? What skills do you need?

  • Discovering corporate innovators: how to find, mentor and develop them?

  • Strategic alignment, stakeholder recruitment and management, effective execution
  • How to motivate your team to be innovative ?

  • What are the lessons that all companies should learn from Silicon Valley startups?

6pm - 6.15 pm. Closing remarks, SVIC


Rick Ramussen, Managing Director of Concordia Ventures

Rick Rasmussen is a Silicon Valley native with entrepreneurial, executive, government and academic experience focusing on startups and growth stage companies. He works extensively with governments and economic development agencies looking to connect with Silicon Valley. He is an active member of the Sand Hill Angels investment group.

He served as the VP of Business Development for nestGSV, a large-scale accelerator in Silicon Valley where he focused on International Business Development and Acceleration Programs. Prior, Mr. Rasmussen served as the Trade Commissioner for the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade with responsibility for linking Canadian IT companies to the Valley. Prior, he served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Institutional Venture Partners, Interim CEO for Road, President and CEO for BuzMe.com. He currently advises a half-dozen companies in mobile and international social media and serves as a Director of CritterPix, an animated feature film startup in Marin County, CA.

Rick Rasmussen earned a Electrical Engineering and Computer Science degree from the University of California at Berkeley and an dual MBA degree from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and Columbia’s Graduate School of Business in New York City. Rick Rasmussen is also teaching Leadership & Entrepreneurship courses at UC Berkeley and Stanford University.

Robert Winter, Founding Managing Director, Investor, DaVinci Capital Group

Robert Winter is a 30-year veteran of Silicon Valley, successful venture capital investor, and serial entrepreneur. He is the Founder and Managing Director of the daVinci Capital Group, and Co-Founded and was Managing Director of Rocket Ventures. He has invested in over 35 companies and delivered a lifetime 6x cash-on-cash overall return on these investments, of which 25% exited via IPO.

He has served as CEO of two successful startups, General Partner at Comdisco Ventures, and Senior Associate at Canaan Partners. He has prior senior management experience at Hewlett-Packard, Informatic General Corporation and IBM. He currently holds board positions with several startups and is a Co-founder of the Owl Investment Group at the Rice Business Plan Competition and Advisory Board member of the Rice Alliance. He holds a BSEE from Rice University and an MBA from Harvard University.

Bill Reichert – Managing Director, Garage Ventures

Bill Reichert has over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and operating executive. Since joining Garage in 1998, Bill has focused on early-stage information technology and materials science companies. He has been a board director or board observer at CaseStack, WhiteHat Security, ClearFuels Technology, Simply Hired, MiaSole, D.light Design, ThermoCeramix, and VisaNow, among others. Prior to Garage, Bill was a co-founder or senior executive in several venture-backed technology startups, including Trademark Software, The Learning Company, and Academic Systems. Earlier in his career, he worked at McKinsey & Company, Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., and the World Bank. Bill earned a B.A. at Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. He was a founding board member and a Chairman of the Churchill Club, and a Board Member of the Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs. Currently he is the Chairman of the Small Fund Roundtable of the VC Taskforce and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

Mark Coopersmith, speaker, consultant & author


Mark Coopersmith is a corporate executive, entrepreneur, strategic advisor, and professor. He is an author of the bestselling, challenging and provocative "The another F word" book about the importance of failure in Entrepreneurship.

A Senior Fellow at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, he teaches innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership to students and executives from around the world. As a Fortune 500 global executive and Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Mark has spent three decades launching, building, and fixing high-growth organizations ranging from raw startups (his e-commerce venture is now owned by Google) to launching new divisions of multinational corporations.

He has built and run global businesses for Sony and Newell Rubbermaid, has launched successful Silicon Valley startups, and speaks frequently to international audiences. He received his BA and MBA from UC Berkeley.

Mark Coopersmith provides leaders and teams with insights, inspiration and know-how to drive innovation and growth in their organizations, and launch new ventures and initiatives. His passion: helping you challenge and change the status quo to your advantage.


Since 2012, we have organized hundreds of study tours and executive education programs for corporate executives, business owners, board members of global businesses and government leaders in Silicon Valley and beyond.

Geared toward professionals, entrepreneurs, executives and founders this business forum is all about innovation, leadership and business growth. We invite prominent thought leaders, innovators, authors to lead engaging discussions which facilitate open exchange of ideas and viewpoints, and to share practical tools that encourage business growth through innovation.


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