Seminar series

September 19-20

1 University Avenue
3rd floor
Toronto, ON
M5J 2P1

It is strongly encouraged that you register early, as space is limited.

Corporate Venturing Executive 2-day Intensive Seminar

Invitation-only applied education for executives who want to learn how to partner with, invest in, and build world-class startups -- and build a business plan to do so. You’ll leave the program with a roadmap for an approach to new ventures that is tailored to your company’s overall innovation strategy.

What you'll learn

  • How top corporations build, partner with, invest in, and acquire startups
  • How startup founders really think about working with your company
  • How to manage and measure corporate ventures and startup ecosystem engagement
  • How to use corporate-startup collaboration to ignite growth and rejuvenate competitive advantage

Who should attend

Innovation and corporate venturing executives, corporate strategy leaders, and others who want to more effectively drive growth by partnering with, investing in, and building innovation-focused startup relationships.

Day 1

Learn the Playbook

  • Understand the landscape of corporate venturing strategies today, from accelerators to incubators to other emerging models
  • Explore the dynamics of startup/corporate partnerships
  • How to build a portfolio of investments, partnerships, and co-creations
  • Evaluating startups: what to ask, how to validate real problems, and avoiding common pitfalls
Day 2

Create your Roadmap

  • Planning for and mitigating governance, compliance, and other risks
  • Selling inside: how to engage your boss, board and other key stakeholders to make the case for a venturing-focused innovation strategy
  • Hone your startup engagement strategy, tools and tactics
  • Measuring ROI: define what metrics matter, and how to measure short- and long-term impact
  • Where to start: what is your first step

Meet the Instructors

Marcus Daniels
Marcus Daniels

CEO & Founding Partner

Marcus Daniels is a Founding Partner and CEO of Highline Beta, leading visionary execution, strategic deals and new venture funding. Marcus leads the Highline Beta team to support companies like RBC, AB InBev, Kraft Heinz, and American Family Insurance as they drive growth through startup collaboration and co-creation. He has 20+ years as a serial tech entrepreneur & operating executive with a top decile pre-seed investing track record. Formerly the Co-Founder & CEO of and Managing Director of Extreme Startups, Marcus continues to help evolve accelerator models to make corporate-startup collaboration work.
Douglas Reid
Douglas Reid

Reid Here & Associates

Douglas Reid is a professor at Queen’s University’s business school has worked as an advisor to companies and corporate managers since 1985. Today his research efforts focus on helping busy executives translate evidence into action through improving practices in strategy implementation, and the use and (mis)management of measurement. He has served on two startup boards and one Crown agency board.