The FT Innovate Roundtables take place over two hours on the afternoon of Day 1 of FT Innovate and are designed to help generate ideas and ways of solving problems with peers and experts. Roundtable facilitators are either topic specialists or industry practitioners.
Will you be Helpless or a Hero in the Application Economy?
The Application Economy is here, every business is a software business and customer expectations are rising as they engage with your organisation via multiple channels such as mobile, web, call centres etc, so how are you doing in terms of putting customers at the heart of your business and building an eco systems of value around them?
This roundtable will discuss how to build customer loyalty, return on investment and why you cannot afford to ignore this new business imperative. Does your organization understand both the opportunity and the danger of ignoring the new reality, what role can you play to bring this to the table, if your board or leadership team has yet to recognize it?
Of course, there are challenges but we'll examine how you can approach and plan for the new relationship that your customers expect. With category disruptors entering new markets every day, how can you prepare to not just protect your core business but challenge and grow into others as well? Why wait for the new Uber to eat your lunch?
Chris Rowett, Vice President, CA Technologies
- Growth and Innovation: Is it possible to have the best of both worlds?
- How can a startup keep its culture while scaling up and growing?
- Or does a growing company need to accept the fact that with growth and size comes a decrease in agile decision making and innovative ideas?
Corinne Vigreux, Co-Founder and Managing Director, TomTom Consumer
Innovative Financing for Innovative Businesses – How do you finance non-traditional tech businesses?
From historic performance to future forecasts, how should innovative businesses approach their financing options as they look to grow? For non-traditional tech businesses – many of which have no “hard assets” that lenders traditionally look for – accessing innovative forms of financing is vital as they look to move their businesses forward.
In this session Phil Cox, Head of EMEA and President of UK Branch at Silicon Valley Bank, will discuss access to capital in global markets. The challenge of fundraising for non-traditional tech businesses is still a major problem, with 86% of UK innovation businesses saying that raising capital is still a huge challenge. Phil will be investigating who is providing the capital these days, as well as:
- The practicalities of access to finance – practical guidance and advice on how to obtain financing from your bank;
- Plentiful capital is a reality – in the UK alone, 58% of UK businesses innovation successfully raised capital in 2014 (up from 51% in 2013) – but fundraising is still a challenge;
- Next round funding, from VC to debt financing;
- Government grants and alternative sources of funding
Phil Cox, Head of EMEA and India and President of UK Branch, Silicon Valley Bank
Searching for, finding and implementing innovation
- Discuss and rank the different ways to search and find innovation in existing teams and businesses.
- Discuss case-studies of large firm initiatives to search for innovation, discussing pros and cons of each.
- Look at how innovation should be managed. Should businesses look for consensus on ideas to take forward or give different teams ownership of ideas?
- Discuss what type of people should lead innovation in large businesses - top performing business managers or Internal rebels?
- Understand what tolerance for failure of internal innovation is acceptable or ideal? Does that exist already?
Nick Holzherr, CEO, Whisk.com (BBC Apprentice Finalist)
What Will Drive the Self Driving Car?
With research pointing to 100% of new cars being data-connected by 2025, and the likelihood that 75% will feature driverless technology by 2035, this roundtable will discuss the role retailers, OEMs and technology companies will play in shaping the connected car experience.
Themes for debate will include how new features such as on-board diagnostics, infotainment, safety enhancements, seamless connectivity, and driverless technology impact the way businesses interact with motorists. David will look to prompt informed conversation and draw on the experiences of delegates to do so, while speaking to some of the unique opportunities marketers face with this truly disruptive technology giving rise to a new breed of automobile.
David Bunch, Global VP, Retail Marketing, Shell
Food: The Next Frontier For The Sharing Economy?
At least half of the food that’s grown is wasted along the way to consumers’ plates. Some of this is in the inefficient transportation and distribution of food, still more is lost through waste at restaurants and food service establishments, and by far the most is a result of food spoilage on the part of consumers. No matter what the contributing factor, it’s clear that we’re wasting far too much in an effort to feed so few. And, with population growth expected to exceed 10 billion by 2050, we have to find more efficient ways to grow, distribute and use our food to minimize the waste stream. Unsurprisingly, this is an area that entrepreneurs have been paying particular attention to over the past few years, exploring new opportunities to turn yesterday’s food waste into something useable today.
What’s being done to raise awareness for, and to reduce, food waste? What are new innovations coming out of the foodtech system that are helping operators on various levels create greater efficiencies to reduce food waste? How can we make better use of food waste? What more is needed to address this growing challenge?
Komal Ahmad, CEO and Founder, Feeding Forward
'To pay or not to pay' Is that the question?
- How do large corporates instantly transform liabilities into assets on their balance sheet?
- Why should large corporates care about CSR and how can they use payments to promote it?
- How can changing the days to payment create jobs and improve the economy?
- Why is there £67bn owed in late payments to SME's in the UK alone?
- Is it fair to assume that existing early payment solutions for SME's do not appear to be working efficiently?
Join us for a discussion looking at and addressing the limitations of existing B2B payment solutions and the focus on a need for a new innovative approach.
David Brown, CEO and Founder, Remitia
What factors are prevalent in innovative organisations?
This session is about discussing and identifying the factors prevalent in startups and big organisations that lead to innovation - and those that restrict it. Everyone around the table will be able to bring their own experiences to the conversation.
It’s easy to attribute the differences to culture, bureaucracy or size but this is all top level and doesn’t give a real insight. We’ll get into the nitty gritty, with real examples and experiences from both sides of the table (pun intended).
The outcome of the session will be a checklist of factors for a deeper understanding of why innovation is or isn't being achieved in a particular organisation.
Kate Jackson, Co-founder, TableCrowd
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