Can Corporates create start-ups?

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Innovation expert Kate O'Keeffe says yes.

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In this webinar, Kate will talk about what she learnt from creating corporate start-ups as Partner & Director of Strategic Design at BCG Digital Ventures in Sydney, leading Cisco’s Hyperinnovation Living Lab in the Silicon Valley for 10 years, and her own experience as an entrepreneur.

Join Kate in this fireside chat with senior MBS learning consultant Greg Harbidge, as they discuss:

  • How BGC Digital Ventures partners with corporates to create start-ups
  • The decision-making process behind which start-ups get built
  • Recruiting executives and human talent to scale start-ups
  • The current opportunity for corporate venturing and innovation to create uplift for Australia.

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Kate O'Keeffe

Partner and Director of Strategic Design, BCG

Previously, Kate was Cisco’s Senior Director of Customer and Partner Innovation. She brings a wealth of experience in innovation and entrepreneurship to her role, where she drove new customer solutions within Cisco’s engineering organization.

Prior to that, Kate was founder and leader of Cisco CHILL, a co-innovation catalyst designed to drive disruptive innovation with and for Cisco customers. Her passion to solve bold problems that don’t yet have answers grew out of her long-term desire to find better, faster ways to approach big global issues such as environmental and population challenges. With CHILL, she developed a unique methodology that leapfrogged traditional innovation processes to spark broad industry change. During the three years of CHILL innovation, a full 70 percent of ideas progressed to further stages, resulting in two start-ups, seven patents, and more than 20 joint projects and internal growth initiatives.

Kate was also the global leader of the Services Innovation Excellence Center at Cisco, where she was responsible for driving sustainable innovation capability for Cisco Services. The practice is based on an Innovation Maturity Model, devised to provide a clear pathway for businesses to build sustainable, measurable innovation capability.

Read Kate's full profile here.

Greg Harbidge

Senior Learning Consultant, Melbourne Business School

Greg works at the intersection of Leadership and Innovation to ensure Australian businesses adapt & grow. At Melbourne Business School he specialises in helping organisations take future focused and customer-centered approaches to their work. At home he spends his time chasing after toddlers.

Read Greg's full profile here.

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