With corporations under pressure to be innovative and sustainable in a complex and dynamic world, there’s never been a more important time for large organizations to embrace the agile approach of their entrepreneurial disruptors – and one useful way to do this is by partnering with startups. In this informative session you will learn from Jeremy Basset, founder of Unilever Foundry and CEO of CO:CUBED (, and Sruthi Kannan, Head, Cisco Launchpad (, how your company can leverage startup ecosystems to promote collaborative outcomes around digitalization, innovation and sustainability. Leading the discussion with Jeremy and Sruthi will be Shameen Prashantham, author of Gorillas can Dance: Lessons from Microsoft and Other Corporations on Partnering with Startups (Wiley, 2022) ( and Professor of International Business & Strategy at China Europe International Business School.

Join us to learn how to engage effectively with startups as part of your open innovation strategy to contribute to productive organizational and societal outcomes in this all-important Decade of Action.

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