Corporate Venturing Masterclass A collaboration between the University of St. Gallen and b-to-v Partners AG Technological changes have had a profound impact on markets over the past half century. The acceleration of the churn rate of SP500 companies has been particularly significant. In the 1960s, companies that joined the ranks of America’s largest companies could expect to retain their listed status for 60 years; the average today is under 20 years. Innovation lies at the root of these changes: companies that fail to reinvent themselves begin to experience diminishing returns because their failure to keep up with rapid changes caused by trends such as digitization lead them to experience diminishing returns. The result is that these companies begin to fall behind and are overtaken by their competitors. There may not be a magic formula for innovation and every company must ultimately develop its own unique strategy tailored to its characteristics. Nevertheless, considering these disruptive changes afoot, large companies have increasingly recognized that they can learn from the agility and innovativeness of startups.We are proud to announce three distinguished executive guest speakers; each of them will share from their experiences in different Corporate Venturing structures:1. Corporate accelerators 2. Corporate venture capital3. M&A and venture investments The Corporate Venturing Masterclass will help your company address these challenges. Participants of each firm will come from upper level management, namely CEO and CFO roles. Executive managers in these functions are best positioned to address these topics. In the form of a 1.5-day workshop, the Corporate Venturing Masterclass provides participants with strategic information regarding corporate venturing questions, including:• What is Corporate Venturing?• What types of Corporate Venturing exist?• What type fits my firm’s business model and strategic cornerstones best?• How can our firm implement a new corporate venturing strategy?• How can the executive management enable the mid-level management to take charge of these projects?• What are the common strategic and operative pitfalls of corporate venturing?• What are pitfalls in related industries?All answers will be exhibited with real-life examples from (1) corporate venture capital (direct investment of corporate funds in startups), (2) spin-offs (commercializing technological developments that stem from the main body of the corporation through more agile ventures), and (3) corporate accelerators (creating and owning businesses within the larger corporation).The University of St. Gallen is represented by Prof. Dr. Dietmar Grichnik, Full Professor of Entrepreneurship and Technology Management, and his team. b-to-v is represented by Alexander Stoeckel, Partner at b-to-v, and his team.The next Corporate Venturing Masterclass will take place in mid-2018. If you are interested in participating in this event, please contact Henrik Wesemann (+41 71 224 72 13 ¦ firstname.lastname@example.org).