We welcome you to what promises to be a most intensive, exciting intellectual experience. We have written extensively on the topic of Open Innovation and have years of experience in external corporate venturing. During this session we will explore the new developments in how large firms tend to engage with innovative start-ups.

The course offers unique insights to two target groups we want to blend. This training is targeting managers in large firms as well as start-up managers, but we welcome also PhD students to follow this training, as it is a unique experience to understand how managers actually manage their engagement with start-ups.

We have also incorporated reasonably long breaks and lunches, so we hope that you’ll have time to get to know each other and us. 

Henry Chesbrough. Haas School of Management - UC Berkeley & ESADE 

Henry Chesbrough. Haas School of Management - UC Berkeley & ESADE 

Wim Vanhaverbeke - Hasselt U., ESADE & National U. of Singapore

Wim Vanhaverbeke - Hasselt U., ESADE & National U. of Singapore




ESADE Business School

Barcelona - Sant Cugat Campus

DATE: January 10, 2018




Ecosystem companies: 700€

Other companies: 800€

Enrolment deadline:

** New Date

December 22, 2017

Contact information:

Víctor Sabater



How large companies and start-ups can innovate together? Coordinated by Wim Vanhaverbeke and Henry Chesbrough

We start with a discussion on the strengths and weaknesses of corporations vs. startups when it comes to innovation. We then turn to the recent active interest in corporate accelerators, incubators, and co-working spaces.  This session will be based on a broad set of articles, but we advise participants to read through several publications. 

Traditional and new models for large firms to engage with start-ups Coordinated by Henry Chesbrough

In this session, we focus on one some traditional and new models how large firms can team-up with start-ups. While the previous session gives a broad overview of the state of the art, this session will tackle the organizational and managerial implications of managing collaboration with start-ups.

What is your own experience in innovating together with large firms / start-ups? Coordinated by Luisa Alemany (ESADE)

Participants will briefly explain how different companies have developed effective relationships between large firms and start-ups. How corporate venturing has to be organized effectively?  How can companies work better with startups?  What processes do they need, what processes must they avoid? 

How can you apply corporate entrepreneurship in your company and how to team up as start-up with large companies? Coordinated by Henry Chesbrough & Wim Vanhaverbeke

In this session we explore the possibilities for large firms to implement both traditional and new models of engaging startups. We also explore how Startups should choose between these modes to team up effectively with large companies.


Prof. Dr. Henry Chesbrough 


Known as “the father of Open Innovation”, based on a best-selling book by the same name. He teaches at the Haas School of Business at the University of California-Berkeley, where he is Meyer Family Fellow and Faculty Director of the Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation, and also at Esade Business School at Ramon Llul University in Barcelona. Previously, he was an assistant professor of business administration, and the Class of 1961 Fellow at the Harvard Business School. He holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of California-Berkeley, an MBA from Stanford University, and a BA from Yale University. t


Prof Dr. Wim Vanhaverbeke


Professor at the University of Hasselt and visiting professor at ESADE Business School and the National university of Singapore. He published in several international journals such as Organization Science, Research Policy, California Management Review, Journal of Management Studies, Small Business Economics, Journal of Business Venturing, Technovation, etc. He was co-editor with Henry Chesbrough and Joel West of the books “Open Innovation: Researching a New Paradigm” (OUP, 2006) and “New frontiers in open innovation” (OUP, 2014). He published “Open innovation in SMEs” (CUP 2017). He is a dedicated open innovation researcher collaborating with different partners in universities and companies around the globe. His current research is focusing on open innovation in SMEs, innovation ecosystems and on the implementation of open innovation practices. He is a frequently asked speaker at leading international conferences and an adviser for several globally operating companies. He consults and organizes workshops for multinationals and technology companies. He was recently recognized by the International Association of Management of Technology (IAMOT) as one of the top 50 authors of technology and innovation management during the period 2008-2012.


Prof. Dr. Luisa Alemany


Director of the ESADE Entrepreneurship Institute and an associate professor in finance at ESADE. Her research interests are venture capital, private equity, philanthropic venture capital and entrepreneurial education, with several publications, such as the ¿White Paper on Entrepreneurship in Spain¿ (2011) and the book "Emprender es posible" (Entrepreneurship is possible) (2012) by Planeta Ed. She is involved in a national wide project in Spain to introduce entrepreneurship education to children since primary school with the Prince of Girona Foundation. She is the co-director of the ESADE Business Angels¿ Academy, and has served in several boards, such as the European Business Angels Network (EBAN). Currently, she seats in the investment committee of Caixa Capital Risc, a Spanish VC fund, and OXFAM in Spain.s