Brand new at #bits17:
The Corporate Innovation Stage
CDOs, Corporate Innovation Managers and Heads of Digitalization will learn how other companies are implementing their digitalization themes. In „How to ....“ sessions concrete experiences and digitalization methods will be given.

Furthermore, international accelerators, incubators, startup labs and corporate venture capital firms will present their programs to reach their target group of founders from IoT, AR / VR and Data.
Part I: How to run Corporate Innovation
Target group
CDO‘s, Senior Innovation Managers
How to find the right digitalization solutions, how to properly set up acceleration programs, how to work with startups and much more will be discussed to provide assistance and orientation and get insights into new trends and possibilities.
Part II: Corporate Acceleration for Founders
Target group
Accelerators and corporate venture capital firms from various industries (retail, commerce, mobility, finance, insurance,...) which are operating in the digital field of IoT, AR and AI are pitching their acceleration programs in front of startup founders.
Part I: How to run Corporate Innovation
Niels Doerje
Host & Moderator: Entrepreneur and Serial Board Director |
Magdalena Rogl
Evolution of innovation: How did we get there
Fabrice Leclerc
Entrepreneur, innovator and life advocate
How to build a company culture that helps digital transformation
Philipp Karmires
Head of Digitalisation at Linde AG
Feel the grind: How to structure and measure the fuzzy front end of innovation
Christopher Waldner
Entrepreneur, Intrapreneur & Innovation Coach
How to scale after acceleration or how to build a start up with corporates
Manfred Tropper
Co-Founder & CEO at mantro
Digital Innovation at Berliner Volksbank: How to combine different approaches
Stefan Kimmel (KPMG Law) & Andreas Laule (Berliner Volksbank Ventures)
Partner at KPMG Law
How corporates succeed in a start-up world
Dr. Helmut Schönenberger
CEO at UnternehmerTUM
How to act successfully as a CDO - Dos and Don'ts
Rupert Schäfer
Co-Founder & Managing Partner at The Nunatak Group
How agile fuels digital business growth
Philippe Souidi
Global Head of Microservices at SAP Hybris
Up in the AIR – how to explore new ideas that shape the future of mobility
Boris Meiners
Head of Digital Business Portfolio at Audi AG
Startup-corporate partnership: How to set up and maintain a successful cooperation
Dr. Bernd Storm van's Gravesande (Aboalarm) & Martin Künzel (Allianz SE)
Part II: Corporate Acceleration for Founders
Host: Niels Doerje
Niels Doerje, Host & Moderator: Entrepreneur and Serial Board Director |
Miriam Mertens: Vice President Startup Cooperations at Telekom Deutschland GmbH
Dr. Philipp Strack: Head of New Venture at ZEISS Group
Michael Gamber: Head of Innovation Center at Merck
Jannis Sutor: Innovation Manager & Intrapreneur at Volkswagen
Jonas Schneider: Creators Expedition at AVL
Raiffeisenbank International AG
Nicole Stroj: Head of Digital Banking at Raiffeisenbank International AG
BNP Paribas Consorsbank
Maroiane Naami: Head of New Business Models & Fintech Relations at BNP Paribas Consorsbank
United Nations World Food Programme
Bernhard Kowatsch: Head of Innovation Accelerator at United Nations World Food Programme
Sky "PLAY"
Julia Laukemann: Senior Vice President Product & Digital Innovation at Sky Germany
MediaMarkt Saturn Retail Group
Martin Wild: Chief Digital Officer at MediaMarkt Saturn Retail Group
Sparkasse Innovation Hub
Jens Rieken: Head of Sparkassen Innovation Hub
Investment Manager AllianzX
Carsten Middendorf: Investment Manager at AllianzX
Christoph Keese (CEO Axel Springer) & Frank Wiethoff (Managing Partner KPMG): How startups and corporates get lost in translation - and what they can do about it.