Note: Our events have been on hold because of COVID-19. Below is a selection of previous engagements. We hope to recommence events later this year.


06 October 2017

Event Summary

To be held at Oracle’s London Office, this event will bring together experts in the management of innovation for a full day, once a year event on thought leadership, insights, sharing and networking. 6 October 2017.

Event Description

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*The Masterclass is free to attend. Places will be confirmed by email, subject to availability.

Time Topic Speaker
9:30 - 10:00 Registration and coffee  
10:00 - 10:15 Opening and welcome from Innovation DB Gerald Law, Innovation DB
10:15 - 10:45 Setting the scene: why we innovate and the various modes of interaction (focus on startups)
  • On the Edge of Disruption: making the most of internal innovation systems and startup ecosystems
  • Key challenges across day-to-day improvements, NPD, R&D, radical and disruptive innovation
  • Finding the innovation sparks and understanding the startup mind-set
Niclas Ljungberg, Rasnic Ltd.
10:45 - 11:15 How to use your financial muscle: challenge-led or seed-investment approaches?

In the last 3 years, we’ve seen an explosion in the number of corporate programs designed to engage with start-ups. They do come in various shapes and forms, from challenge-led competitions to seed investment program; No one quite knows which approach delivers the best outcome. So, in order to shed some light on what works and does not work, we have been talking to traditional Venture Capital accelerator programs, Venture Capital firms, corporate accelerator programs, Corporate Venture functions, and other key opinion leaders. As a result, we have identified a number of key directions that a corporate should consider when setting up a program to innovate with start-ups.

Fredrick Laugere, PA Consulting
11:15 - 11:30 Coffee break  
11:30 - 12:00 Finding targets
  • University tech vs SME tech
  • Communities as a means to finding targets
  • The Innovation database
Gerald Law, Innovation DB
12:00 - 13:00 Market readiness tool: managing intrapreneurs or a portfolio of ventures
  • Introduction into a new management tool for monitoring and managing the dynamic innovation process
  • Proof of innovation acceleration, industry-independent
  • Applications for entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and innovation managers
Irene Fielka, INiTS
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch and networking  
14:00 - 15:00 The engagement challenge: activating innovation leadership amongst senior management

It’s no secret that most leaders are dissatisfied with the quality and quantity of innovation inside their organisations. Yet those same leaders are simultaneously the greatest enabler and the biggest barrier to corporate innovation.

In this session Elvin Turner will share some practical lessons that he has learned working with some of the world’s most innovative organisations: helping leaders to engage more deeply with innovation and giving them the mindset, skillset and toolset needed to unlock greater levels of innovation performance across their organisations.

Elvin Turner, Innovation Strategy Advisor and Associate Professor of Innovation (Surrey University and Latam Business School)
15:00 - 15:30 Managing the innovation process

As the average corporate lifespan has dramatically decreased over the last few decades, no wonder that innovation has become a strategic priority for most CEOs. However, the return from the investments in innovation is significantly lower than expected, be it - speed to market, match between the customer needs and product capability or running projects in budget. This session will discuss how to manage ideation to commercialisation holistically especially around following points:

  • Democratising Ideation
  • Rapid Prototyping / Fail fast fail frugal
  • Portfolio approach
Vikram Kumar Singla, Oracle
15:30 - 15:45 Coffee break  
15:45 - 16:15 Corporate innovation programmes - why they struggle to succeed
  • What do firms think they’ll gain from CI programmes?
  • What models do they commonly use?
  • What are the pitfalls – why do so many fail to live up to expectations?
Jeff Skinner, Deloitte Institute, LBS
16:15 - 16:45 Pulling it all together - the key elements of a great innovation process Panel session
16:45 - 17:00 Closing from Innovation DB Gerald Law, Innovation DB
17:00 - 19:00 Drinks reception at Kitty Hawk 11, 13 & 14 South Place, London EC2M 7EB  

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Gerald Law, Chief Executive at Innovation DB

Gerald Law

Gerald has a background in Management Consultancy and academia. A London Business School alumnus, with a Doctorate from Oxford University, he has experience of several start-ups and their exits, with considerable experience in building company executive boards, which has led him to sit on VC investment committees, among other roles. He established the UK Innovation Forum six years ago, which morphed into Innovation DB over time, in response to feedback from members. Today the company’s four areas of activity cover its community, its reports, its events and the database itself – easily the biggest of its kind in the world.

Dr. Irene Fialka, CEO of INiTS Universitäres Gründerservice Wien GmbH

Dr. Irene Fialka

Dr. Irene Fialka is CEO of INiTS Universitäres Gründerservice Wien GmbH, an academic business incubator supporting entrepreneurs from all academic institutions in Vienna, Austria. She has worked with entrepreneurs since 2004, lectured related topics at the universities and has been member of Board of Directors of Karolinska Innovation AB since 2016.

INiTS is one of the major players that helped to establish today’s dynamic entrepreneurial ecosystem in Vienna. INiTS’ track record includes successful startups in all industries, e.g. Dutalys, EMCOOLS, f-star, KiwiSecurity, Marinomed, mySugr, Radiant Minds, Shpock, S-target, Ubimet, Zoomsquare and many more. INiTS’ 200 startups have raised over 250 Mio € of private capital (big license and exit deal volumes excluded) and over 115 Mio € of additional public funds. Thus, INiTS has been ranked best business incubator in German-speaking countries, 3rd best in Europe and 7th best worldwide by UBI Index in Nov. 2015. Building a systematic system and applying and developing tools to accelerate innovation development has been one of INiTS’ success factors. This entrepreneurial way of innovating is becoming more and more applied in corporates.

Before her career in the startup world Mrs. Fialka worked for 10 years as a research scientist in the areas of cell biology and oncology, both at universities and in industry-based research.

Frederic Laugere, Technology and Innovation Lead at PA Consulting Group

Frederic Laugere

Frédéric Laugère is an experienced consultant in technology & innovation with 13 years of experience of working with clients to accelerate the development and commercialisation of innovative products and processes, with track records in the pharmaceutical, healthcare, and consumer goods sectors. Frédéric leads projects in front-end innovation, technology strategy, and innovation management. He also leads the ‘Corporate Accelerator’ service team at PA, a team that offers corporate customers a novel approach to corporate accelerator Programs, an approach designed to fuel the innovation pipeline of corporates.

Niclas Ljungberg, Strategist and Economist, Rasnic

Niclas Ljungberg

Niclas has been a brand strategy and innovation consultant for nearly 25 years, developing change and growth programmes to future proof organizations in Europe, Asia, India, and Middle East.

He is a Strategic Advisor to one of the UK’s leading tech startup networks 2Pears, which helps startups and corporates connect with the innovation ecosystem in London and Europe, responsible for developing partnerships and services for collaborative corporate venturing and open innovation programmes.

He started his career in London with Addison Design, worked in Hong Kong with Landor Associates, and again in London with Razorfish, Placebrands, and States of Mind.

Niclas holds an MSc from the Stockholm School of Economics, majoring in International Business and Industrial Marketing.

Vikram Singla, Product Innovation and Supply Chain Leader at Oracle

Vikram Singla

Vikram Singla has over 20 years experience in the supply chain domain. He is currently responsible for the Product/Service Innovation and Supply Chain solutions across United Kingdom and Ireland for Oracle. He has helped organisations deploy software solutions to create customer centric supply chains delivering innovative products/services flawlessly and has worked on many supply chain projects with Fortune 500 companies throughout Europe. Vikram has an MBA from Warwick Business School and graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Delhi.

Jeff Skinner, Executive Director at Deloitte Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Jeff Skinner

Jeff is the Executive Director of the Deloitte Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at London Business School. He leads MBA entrepreneurship electives and many co-curricular student activities at the School.

Prior to this, as Commercial Director at University College London, he conceived, built and ran UCL’s Technology Transfer division - including the creation of two early-stage seed funds and separate units managing consultancy, collaborative research and new venture creation. Working alongside research students and academics, he has co-founded over thirty technology-based spinouts that have, in aggregate, raised over £30 million first round finance and returned over £20 million to UCL.

He is past President of and remains closely involved with the leading UK & European tech transfer associations, PraxisUnico & ASTP-Proton. He talks, trains and consults widely throughout Europe in the field of technology commercialization. He chairs the Professional Recognition panel for the worldwide ‘Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals’ (ATTP).

Before joining UCL, he was Technical Marketing Manager at Hoechst Celanese Corporation in New Jersey and prior to that, Photonics Research Manager at General Electric. His first degree was in physics and he holds a Ph.D. in thin-film photonics (UCL) and an MBA from London Business School.

Elvin Turner, Associate Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship - Strategic Innovation Advisor - Global Innovation Coach (Cisco)

Elvin Turner

Elvin Turner is an award-winning consultant, associate professor of innovation and entrepreneurship, and innovation coach for global technology company Cisco. His clients include some of the world’s most innovative organisations in the financial, technology, music, drinks and publishing industries.

Elvin has coached hundreds of corporate innovation programmes around the world – helping leaders and managers overcome the many barriers that they face when trying to turn new ideas into action. His experience extends from working with new and disruptive technology start-ups, through to seasoned leadership teams inside conservative, global institutions.



The Masterclass is free to attend, with places confirmed subject to availability. The event includes the following:

  • Access to all presentations
  • Conference material
  • Lunch, coffee breaks, drinks reception and networking

Request to Attend the Masterclass

*Places will be confirmed by email, subject to availability.

Previous Attendees

Companies that have attended our previous events include: AkzoNobel, BAESystems, Bouygues, Coca-Cola, Dyson, GSK, J&J, Johnson Matthey, Lilly, Magna, McLaren, Merck, Oracle, PepsiCo, Philips, Reckitt Benckiser, Samsung, Siemens, Telefonica...and many more.

Event Location

Oracle Offices, One South Place, London EC2M 2RB