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Learning from the Open Innovation early movers.

Telcos have been trailblazers in open innovation allowing them to accrue a lot of first hand experience in startup-corporate collaboration. Then analyzing what they are up to can provide interesting insights for all other companies.

In this Mind the Chat we sit with Paresh Modi, Group Head of Business Development & Innovation. Together we go through the different innovation initiatives Vodafone is currently running and assess KPIs and results achieved. 

Specifically:
- Multiple acceleration programs, ranging from UPLIFT (goal to open up Vodafone’s distribution channels  to startups), F-LANE (gender based)  and Tomorrow Street (headquartered  in Luxembourg and primarily focused on scaleups).

- A world class procurement Startup Fast Track, able to onboard startups in 7 days (and pay them in 21 days).

- A brand new intrapreneurship program (Launchpad) that, in the first year (despite lockdown), involved over one tenth of the workforce and generated nearly 1,200 ideas from 19 different countries and 6 departments. 

- A new mentoring programme (Bright Sparks), to associate early stage startups with Vodafone experts. Run in 2020 with 10 startups from Oxford University Innovation, it will be scaled up to all Europe this year.

We also go through Vodafone’s decision to pause their CVC fund, though they continue to invest (and acquire) opportunistically where they can add/extract  real strategic value.
Mind the Chat with Paresh Modi (Vodafone)

Learning from the Open Innovation early movers.

Telcos have been trailblazers in open innovation allowing them to accrue a lot of first hand experience in startup-corporate collaboration. Then analyzing what they are up to can provide interesting insights for all other companies.

In this Mind the Chat we sit with Paresh Modi, Group Head of Business Development & Innovation. Together we go through the different innovation initiatives Vodafone is currently running and assess KPIs and results achieved.

Specifically:
- Multiple acceleration programs, ranging from UPLIFT (goal to open up Vodafone’s distribution channels to startups), F-LANE (gender based) and Tomorrow Street (headquartered in Luxembourg and primarily focused on scaleups).

- A world class procurement Startup Fast Track, able to onboard startups in 7 days (and pay them in 21 days).

- A brand new intrapreneurship program (Launchpad) that, in the first year (despite lockdown), involved over one tenth of the workforce and generated nearly 1,200 ideas from 19 different countries and 6 departments.

- A new mentoring programme (Bright Sparks), to associate early stage startups with Vodafone experts. Run in 2020 with 10 startups from Oxford University Innovation, it will be scaled up to all Europe this year.

We also go through Vodafone’s decision to pause their CVC fund, though they continue to invest (and acquire) opportunistically where they can add/extract real strategic value.

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Willem Jonker is CEO at EIT Digital, a leading European digital innovation and entrepreneurial education organisation driving Europe's digital transformation. 

EIT Digital strengthens Europe’s position in the digital world by delivering breakthrough digital innovations to the market and breeding entrepreneurial talent for economic growth and improved quality of life. It also invests in strategic areas to accelerate the market uptake and scaling of research-based digital technologies (deep tech) focusing on Europe’s strategic, societal challenges: Digital Tech, Digital Cities, Digital Industry, Digital Wellbeing, and Digital Finance.

During this Mind the Chat, Mind the Bridge’s CEO Marco Marinucci briefly retraces together with Willem the history of this organization (numbers, grand plans, the “Governing board” and new members). He then goes on to ask him about programs, latest studies, success stories (and ways to measure it - read KPIs), the Silicon Valley Hub and EIT Digital support to startups during COVD19. Finally, they address the issue of the role and opportunities of EU applied research and Impact of the EU Green Deal in EU-based innovation competitiveness.

About Willem Jonker
Willem has a broad background in ICT, both in industry as well as in academia. He studied mathematics and computer science at Groningen University, worked at Delft University of Technology, received his PhD from the University of Utrecht, and is a part-time full professor in computer science at Twente University.
His industrial experience covers telecommunications (KPN), IT (European Computer industry Research Centre, Munich) and consumer electronics (Philips). He held several positions as researcher, international project leader, department head, sector head, and account manager. In 2006 he was appointed Vice President Philips Research. Prof. Dr. Jonker has served European ICT research in various ways amongst others as project leader, reviewer, and advisor.

**This Mind the Chat is part of the 'Innovation Executive Views' series of the 2020 Digital Scaleup Summit in Silicon Valley**  #SSUMMIT20
Mind the Chat with Willem Jonker (EIT Digital)

Willem Jonker is CEO at EIT Digital, a leading European digital innovation and entrepreneurial education organisation driving Europe's digital transformation.

EIT Digital strengthens Europe’s position in the digital world by delivering breakthrough digital innovations to the market and breeding entrepreneurial talent for economic growth and improved quality of life. It also invests in strategic areas to accelerate the market uptake and scaling of research-based digital technologies (deep tech) focusing on Europe’s strategic, societal challenges: Digital Tech, Digital Cities, Digital Industry, Digital Wellbeing, and Digital Finance.

During this Mind the Chat, Mind the Bridge’s CEO Marco Marinucci briefly retraces together with Willem the history of this organization (numbers, grand plans, the “Governing board” and new members). He then goes on to ask him about programs, latest studies, success stories (and ways to measure it - read KPIs), the Silicon Valley Hub and EIT Digital support to startups during COVD19. Finally, they address the issue of the role and opportunities of EU applied research and Impact of the EU Green Deal in EU-based innovation competitiveness.

About Willem Jonker
Willem has a broad background in ICT, both in industry as well as in academia. He studied mathematics and computer science at Groningen University, worked at Delft University of Technology, received his PhD from the University of Utrecht, and is a part-time full professor in computer science at Twente University.
His industrial experience covers telecommunications (KPN), IT (European Computer industry Research Centre, Munich) and consumer electronics (Philips). He held several positions as researcher, international project leader, department head, sector head, and account manager. In 2006 he was appointed Vice President Philips Research. Prof. Dr. Jonker has served European ICT research in various ways amongst others as project leader, reviewer, and advisor.

**This Mind the Chat is part of the 'Innovation Executive Views' series of the 2020 Digital Scaleup Summit in Silicon Valley** #SSUMMIT20

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What do you know about Energy Transition?

Claudio Farina is the Executive Vice President Digital Transformation & Technology at Snam, one of the world's leading energy infrastructure operators and one of the largest Italian public companies in terms of market capitalization. The company’s sustainable and technologically advanced network guarantees security of supply and promotes development in the territories, while also contributing to promote the energy transition.

In this Mind the Chat, together with Alberto Onetti, chairman at Mind the Bridge, he goes through the directions of future evolution for SNAM and its approach to innovation, with a specific focus on Open Innovation and collaboration with startups.

Who’s who?
Claudio Farina has been working in Snam since 2017: he is Executive Vice President Digital Transformation & Technology with responsibility for leading the technological roadmap, ICT and digital transformation. He is also Executive Vice President Technology and Industrial Innovation.
Previously, he held the role of Head of the CEO Office, leading cross-functional projects in the operational improvement area, start up and scale up of new business and support to the Chief Executive Officer, and Senior Vice President of Planning and Control BU Asset Italia with planning responsibilities and control over investments and operating costs of Italian assets. Before joining Snam, Claudio spent over 9 years in Vodafone Italia and the Boston Consulting Group.

**This Mind the Chat is part of the 'Innovation Executive Views' series of the 2020 Digital Scaleup Summit in Silicon Valley*  #SSUMMIT20
Mind the Chat with Claudio Farina (Snam)

What do you know about Energy Transition?

Claudio Farina is the Executive Vice President Digital Transformation & Technology at Snam, one of the world's leading energy infrastructure operators and one of the largest Italian public companies in terms of market capitalization. The company’s sustainable and technologically advanced network guarantees security of supply and promotes development in the territories, while also contributing to promote the energy transition.

In this Mind the Chat, together with Alberto Onetti, chairman at Mind the Bridge, he goes through the directions of future evolution for SNAM and its approach to innovation, with a specific focus on Open Innovation and collaboration with startups.

Who’s who?
Claudio Farina has been working in Snam since 2017: he is Executive Vice President Digital Transformation & Technology with responsibility for leading the technological roadmap, ICT and digital transformation. He is also Executive Vice President Technology and Industrial Innovation.
Previously, he held the role of Head of the CEO Office, leading cross-functional projects in the operational improvement area, start up and scale up of new business and support to the Chief Executive Officer, and Senior Vice President of Planning and Control BU Asset Italia with planning responsibilities and control over investments and operating costs of Italian assets. Before joining Snam, Claudio spent over 9 years in Vodafone Italia and the Boston Consulting Group.

**This Mind the Chat is part of the 'Innovation Executive Views' series of the 2020 Digital Scaleup Summit in Silicon Valley* #SSUMMIT20

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In this Mind the Chat Marco Marinucci sits down with Giovanni Bertolino, Head of e-Mobility USA and Canada - Enel X, where he leads the team focused on growing the company’s residential and commercial smart charging business. Previously, he served as Vice President of Business Development in North and Central America for Enel’s Global Thermal Business Line.

Focus of the Chat is the present and future of Electrified Mobility. What are the current market forces, where is the market going? What’s happening in the last-mile mobility (E-scooters, E-bikes). Is hydrogen an option for mobility? We’ll also talk about the new EnelX JuiceEco launch and its deal with Uber.

Bertolino held additional prior roles within Enel, including Head of Industrial Development of Enel Global Thermal Generation Business line, Board Member of Enel Russia PJSC, Director of Regulatory Affairs, and of Carbon Regulation and Climate Change, as well as leadership roles in the International Emission Trading Association (IETA), the European Federation of Energy Traders (EFET), and EURELECTRIC (Union of the Electricity Industry).

Before joining Enel in 2010, Giovanni was Senior Manager in McKinsey and Company, where he worked mainly with European companies in the energy sector. An economist by training, he holds an MBA from the New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business. 

**This Mind the Chat is part of the 'Innovation Executive Views' series of the 2020 Digital Scaleup Summit in Silicon Valley*
Mind the Chat with Giovanni Bertolino (EnelX)

In this Mind the Chat Marco Marinucci sits down with Giovanni Bertolino, Head of e-Mobility USA and Canada - Enel X, where he leads the team focused on growing the company’s residential and commercial smart charging business. Previously, he served as Vice President of Business Development in North and Central America for Enel’s Global Thermal Business Line.

Focus of the Chat is the present and future of Electrified Mobility. What are the current market forces, where is the market going? What’s happening in the last-mile mobility (E-scooters, E-bikes). Is hydrogen an option for mobility? We’ll also talk about the new EnelX JuiceEco launch and its deal with Uber.

Bertolino held additional prior roles within Enel, including Head of Industrial Development of Enel Global Thermal Generation Business line, Board Member of Enel Russia PJSC, Director of Regulatory Affairs, and of Carbon Regulation and Climate Change, as well as leadership roles in the International Emission Trading Association (IETA), the European Federation of Energy Traders (EFET), and EURELECTRIC (Union of the Electricity Industry).

Before joining Enel in 2010, Giovanni was Senior Manager in McKinsey and Company, where he worked mainly with European companies in the energy sector. An economist by training, he holds an MBA from the New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

**This Mind the Chat is part of the 'Innovation Executive Views' series of the 2020 Digital Scaleup Summit in Silicon Valley*

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