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Masterclass Corporate Venturing

Corporate Venturing is an alternative to traditional R&D in the development of new technologies or business models. And although the running of successful corporate venturing programs is not simple, expected benefits such as increased speed, flexibility, lower costs and financial return are attainable. For these reasons corporate venturing can be an attractive method supporting an organization’s growth and innovation strategy.

MatchingWINGS – whose mission is to professionalize the ecosystem of early and next stage ventures – is organizing a masterclass on corporate venturing. During the masterclass the concept of corporate venturing is explained including its pros and cons. In addition, main activities for corporates and startups are explained.


1. The corporate venturing basics (Vareska van de Vrande)

 Why can corporate venturing be valuable for my firm?
 Is corporate venturing a single solution that fits all or something to choose?
 What is the current corporate venturing landscape?
 When is my firm ready for corporate venturing? (incl. ready-to-team-up scan)

2. Corporate venturing from corporate perspective (Alexander Stoeckel)

 How to select startups relevant for my firm?
 What conditions are relevant for successful collaboration?
 What behavior is expected from a corporate investor

3. Corporate venturing from startup perspective (Sander van der Blonk)

 Corporate venturing paths for start-ups
 When is a start-up ready for corporate venturing?
 Keys to successful start-up corporate collaboration

Vareska van de Vrande is Professor of Collaborative Innovation and Business Venturing at RSM Erasmus University. Vareska’s expertise comprises the topic of corporate venturing, including external technology sourcing through corporate venture capital investments and strategic alliances.
Vareska was one of the academic project leaders of COSTA, a network initiated by StartupDelta with the objective to stimulate collaboration between start-ups and corporates.

Alexander Stoeckel is partner and board member at btov Partners AG, a European venture capital firm offering investment solutions to private, corporate and institutional investors. His key responsibilities include the management and curation of the investor network, the coaching of corporate venture funds co-managed by btov, and, whenever possible, the active screening, evaluation, negotiation, and closing of investment opportunities in startups and later stage companies.
Alexander gained corporate venture capital experience as co-initiator and supervisor (for btov) of the Helvetia Venture Fund launched by the Swiss insurance company Helvetia.

Sander van der Blonk is a partner at Rockstart, angel investor, digital innovation geek, plug-in CEO and adviser to corporate (ad)ventures, lecturer, and lover of smooth jazz music.
With over 20 years of corporate venturing and entrepreneurial experience, Sander mediates between the ‘suits’ and the ‘hoodies’ specializing in startup-driven innovation and corporate-startup partnerships.


Practical details
Location: Rijnzathe 16, 3454 PV De Meern
Time: 4-9 p.m.

If you are interested to participate in this masterclass, please send us a mail. We will than reserve a seat for you.