By FutureLabs Ventures
It explores the journey of identifying new corporate venture opportunities, and executing successfully through conversations with entrepreneurs, expert practitioners and corporate leaders.
Tune in to listen to how they did it, what were their key learnings, what were the results and tradeoffs they had to make along the way. We will also explore how a large corporate mothership can support and enable a fledgling venture team!
Future VenturesOct 30, 2023
Corporate Venturing for Regenerative Agriculture - Conversation with Roslyn Chua
In the eighth episode of the Future Ventures podcast, Sheetal Khullar, Growth Lead and Sustainability Expert, FutureLabs Ventures engages in conversation with Roslyn Chua, Head of Bayer Crop Science Digital Farming Solutions (DFS) in APAC.
Roslyn shares her views on building and scaling corporate ventures that deliver impact and growth. She appraises the crucial role of farmers and ecosystem in enabling sustainable and regenerative agriculture. Roslyn also elaborates on some of the key innovation led objectives Bayer has set for themselves and the interplay of innovation with corporate venture building.
The conversation then moves to addressing the key challenges and tools needed toward establishing venture building as a key lever for growth in corporate innovation. Here they explore the role of technology in making agricultural production more efficient and sustainable.
The conversation underscores the pivotal role of technology, with Roslyn offering guidance on essential measures that corporations should consider in building ventures. These steps are designed to foster a more supportive environment for nurturing ventures.
Roslyn and Sheetal also discuss some of the biggest enablers of corporate venture building and how corporations can build the mechanisms to fund and support new businesses.
When taking ventures from test and learn to commercial, Rosyln recommends determining clear strategic, team and financial targets while aligning expectations across the parent company She cites examples of how the implementation of the APAC New Business Model strategy has successfully fostered innovation using a unique approach. Her extensive experiences and profound insights serve as a wellspring of inspiration for both corporate entities and individuals endeavoring to establish scalable and transformative ventures that address global needs.
Corporates that Innovate & Venture Build in the Wild - Conversation with Belina Lee
In the seventh episode of the Future Ventures podcast, Sheetal Khullar engages in conversation with Belina Lee who is the CEO, Mandai Global and Deputy CEO Mandai Wildlife Group
The two discuss venture building, corporate innovation and entrepreneurship.
Belina, a self-proclaimed career generalist, shares her views on fostering innovation among individuals and companies. She emphasizes the importance of sustaining the desire for innovation and integrating it within corporate strategy. Belina then elaborates on some of the key Innovation led objectives Mandai has set for themselves and the interplay of innovation with the corporate venture building.
The conversation then moves to addressing the key challenges toward establishing venture building as a key lever for growth in a corporate setting. Here they explore the role of technology and of the Mothership, towards supporting the different forms of innovation and leveraging on the opportunities that enhance customer experiences and transform the planet.
The discussion places significant emphasis on technology for venture building and Belina advises us on some of the steps corporates must take to structure the right venture/innovation boards and governance that could facilitate a more nurturing approach towards the venture.
Belina and Sheetal also discuss some of the biggest enablers of corporate venture building. The conversation particularly focuses on forward-thinking corporations using venture building to accelerate innovation.
Different types of innovation are examined, but Belina believes that the fundamental purpose of innovation is to improve the lives of people and the environment. Therefore, she asserts that everyone can be an innovator and changemaker. Belina cites examples of how her company has successfully fostered innovation using their unique approach. Her experiences and insights provide inspiration for both companies and individuals seeking to build scalable & transformative ventures that the world needs .
Generating scalable value creation from your data & analytics: Building new analytics ventures - Conversation with David Hardoon
In the Sixth Episode of the Future Ventures Podcast, FutureLabs Managing Partner Mario Aquino talks to David Hardoon, CEO Aboitiz Data Innovation
A not to be missed episode for data lovers and those who believe that “data is the new gold”.
Hear David and Mario discuss data assets and tackle tough subjects such as prioritizing data as a revenue generating function, the business models that help in the monetization of data, and the key factors for success to unlock innovation in data analytics.
Sustainability Innovation and Environmental Impact in Corporate Contexts: Conversation with Poyan Rajamand
In this fifth episode of Future Ventures, FutureLabs Venture Partner Usman Lodhi speaks to Poyan Rajamand, the Co-Founder of Barghest Building Performance (BBP), an award-winning energy efficiency company enabling businesses to achieve their carbon neutrality and sustainability goals.
They discuss the challenges around sustainability, prospective solutions, and the role that unique stakeholders can play in helping to fuel this transformation. Poyan lays out a simple roadmap for an impact-oriented approach through which corporations can incorporate innovation and change through new ventures.
Journey of the validation sprint and convincing the Mothership – Conversation with Alvin Cai, Ranga Govindan & Jorge Rosario
In this fourth episode, FutureLabs Venture Partner Tamanna Dahiya is privileged to be joined by Alvin Cai, VP EDB New Ventures, Ranga Govindan, Head of Business Development and M&A (AP & MEA) and Jorge Rosario, Organisational Change Movement (AP & MEA) of Electrolux. Our corporate partner, Electrolux and EDB New Ventures, the corporate venturing arm of EDB, recently participated in the CV Launchpad validation sprint.
Together they discuss the challenges and insights towards obtaining the mandate and their experience of the validation sprint including how the external partners (EDB & FLV) facilitated the processes, to finally sharing their tips on how to get your regional and global management behind you in this journey.
Corporate Venture Building Pioneers - Conversation with Khairil Abdullah
In this third episode, FutureLabs Managing Partner Mario Aquino, speaks to Khairil Abdullah, CEO Axiata Digital. At Axiata, he has spearheaded the journey of building new ventures such as Boost (ewallet) and ADA (integrated digital, analytics, and marketing). Prior to Axiata, he was a partner with more than 15 years at one of the world’s leading management consultancy firms.
Mario and Khairil will talk about how large corporates can create the right set-up, governance, structure and incentives for encouraging new corporate ventures to succeed – and the many lessons learnt that come from the experience of doing it for over a decade.
Venture Building in the Wild: Conversation with Kiren Tanna
In the second episode, Usman Lodhi, Venture Partner FutureLabs Ventures speaks to Kiren Tanna. A serial entrepreneur with multiple multi-$100M+ exits (FoodPanda, Zen Rooms), Kiren possesses incredible business acumen and expertise across both technical and commercial domains. They talk about the key learnings throughout his journey in entrepreneurship, and the different aspects in building groundbreaking B2C ventures
Lessons Learnt in Corporate Venture Building : Conversation with Kit Wong
In this first episode, Pedro URIA-RECIO, Venture Partner FutureLabs Ventures speaks to Kit Wong. A veteran of Southeast Asia’s innovation and entrepreneurial scene, Kit is a serial entrepreneur and seasoned executive who built and scaled unicorn ventures (OVO, Lu-Global), and led fast-growth of notable tech players in the region (Google). They talk about key learnings in the journey and how a corporate can enable but not constrain the growth of the new businesses.