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Corporate-Startup Collaborations in the Nordics: A Survey Project

Date and time

Wednesday 24. April 2024 at 15:45 to 19:00

Registration Deadline

Tuesday 16. April 2024 at 12:00


Ks.48 - Kilen , Kilevej 14, 2000 Frederiksberg Ks.48 - Kilen
Kilevej 14
2000 Frederiksberg

Corporate-Startup Collaborations in the Nordics: A Survey Project

Event Description

Corporate-Startup collaboration has recently risen to prominence as a strategy for corporate growth and venture development. In recent years, several large firms in Denmark and the Nordics have initiated engagement with startups to help achieve success in their innovation challenges, while also providing startups with financial and strategic support. Mostly, this practice relates to Corporate Venture Capital (CVC); however, other models have emerged, creating a diversity of approaches and strategies to take advantage of the growth opportunities that come from collaboration with entrepreneurial ventures.


What are some of the different models and governance structures used to arrange these collaborations? What is the level of investment and equity acquired in each startup, if any? What are the resources exchanged? Who are the corporate figures involved? What do corporate venture portfolios look like? All these and other questions have been asked to 32 Danish and Nordic corporations in the very first extensive survey effort to map the current status of the corporate-startup collaboration phenomenon, with a particular focus on CVC as the most common vehicle for these collaborations.


In order to disseminate and reflect on the results of the Nordic CVC Survey, the promoters of the survey, Copenhagen Business (CBS) and TechBBQ, invite you to an event organized on Wednesday the 24th of April 2024 from h16 to h18, at Kilen Building in CBS Campus. The agenda of the event is below:


15.45 – 16.00: Welcome Coffee and Networking


16.00 – 16.05: Keld Laursen (CBS, Head of Strategy and Innovation department)

Introduction to the event 


16.05 – 16.15: Michael Bak (TechBBQ, Head of Investor Relations)

Discussing Corporate-Startup Collab: perspectives from the largest startup & tech event in Scandinavia


16.15-16.45: Francesco Di Lorenzo (CBS, Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship).

Nordic CVC Survey: Insights and Trends


16.45-17.05: Jeppe Høier (Angel Investor, VC Partner, Corporate Venturing).

Challenges and Opportunities in Corporate Venturing


17.05-17.20: Michael Karlsen (CEO, Onomondo)

A Startup view on Corporate-startup collaborations


17.20-18.00: Concluding Remarks, Tapas and Wine, Networking


Sincere gratitude goes to the Department of Strategy and Innovation for sponsoring the event.

We hope to see you! Do not hesitate to contact any of us if needed.

Francesco Di Lorenzo.

Harry Ethan Justus.

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Organizer Contact Information

Copenhagen Business School
Phone: +45 3815 3815

Organizer Contact Information

Copenhagen Business School
Phone: +45 3815 3815