Trailmaker moderated ICEX open innovation and corporate venturing panel

In recent years, open innovation and corporate venturing have become one of the most direct and attractive ways of incorporating innovation within large companies. Corporations seek to attract talent and the latest trends into their business areas through collaboration with the entrepreneurial sector.


The panel compared open innovation methods between Spain and Finland, but also discussed the challenges in open innovation, such as slow scaling of solutions. Finally, it was pointed out that European corporations need to work closer together to maintain competitiveness of Europe in the global marketplace. 


“Technological Bridge to Talent: How Corporations Boost Innovation in Spain and Finland”

Opening words: Mr. Chema Blasco, Director of Infrastructure, Health and ICTs, ICEX.

Moderation: Mr. Heikki Manninen, Managing Partner, Trailmaker Oy and Trailmaker S.A.

Panellists: Mr. Ville Skinnari, Member of Finnish Parliament, Former Minister of Development and Trade.

Mr. Erik Kolehmainen, Vice President, Corporate Venturing, Metsä Group.

Mr. Stefan Nygård, Vice President, Chief Transformation Officer, Sumitomo SHI FW.

Mr. Pedro Muñoz, Head of Open Innovation, BBVA Spark.

Ms. Beatriz Salvador, Open Innovation Manager, Acciona Energía.

Ms. Carmen López, Open Innovation, Naturgy.