Intrapreneur Stories

Intrapreneur Stories

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By Bundl
In a world where startups can outgrow 50 years old companies, having an entrepreneurial mindset is an increasingly valuable asset. Bureaucracy can delay the developing of disruptive ideas, but the resources available to corporations sky-rocket the chances of forming successful ventures. Intrapreneurs are lining up to conquer new markets with unprecedented speed and agility for a corporate setting.
With Intrapreneur Stories, we want to demystify this role. Hear the stories, learnings, tips and advice from experienced intrapreneurs, and maybe you’ll be inspired to set out on your own adventure.
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#12 Hugo Pinto: Digital Transformation through Data Monetization: Telefonica Smart Steps
What happens when a portuguese guy, a spanish guy and a canadian guy get together to talk about digital transformation? No, it's not the beginning of a joke. It's the start of a corporate venture that is set to improving business operation through real-time data insights. While working at Telefonica Digital, Hugo grew fascinated about the data monetisation business. He then realised that the patterns of movements and density of people have tremendous impact in terms of transportation, and that Telefonica is in pole position to take action by leveraging their existing assets.  Telefonica Smart Steps is a range of solutions to extract and use key insights to empower data-driven decisions for business. The corporate venture won Wired's Best New Corporate Venture Award in 2013, for the most disruptive product created in a large corporate organisation. Episode 12 wraps up this year's Intrapreneur Stories. But we're not done with interviewing entrepreneurial minds yet! We'll be back in 2019 with a fresh set of content to inspire you to create your next venture. Do you want to share your story with the community? E-mail me at afonsor@bundl.com . And if you have any questions for our next intrapreneurs, leave it on a comment below. ► bundl.com
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October 8, 2018
#11 Kenny Henderyckx: Why we’re investing in free-roam VR as a Telco
For a bit over a year, Kenny Henderyckx was the lead in the project that ended up being The Park Playground. Launched on May 2018, The Park is a pioneering entertainment venue that means to introduce new technologies, such as free-roam virtual reality, to the general public. This venture started in one of the recurrent innovation tracks within Telenet, one of the biggest Telcos in Belgium, who was quick to spot the untaped potential to integrate such technologies with the current entertainment mediums that Telenet already provides, such as TV shows and movies. The Park is still at its early stages, but the first venue is already a big success in the city of Antwerp. Do you want to share your story with the community? E-mail me at afonsor@bundl.com . And if you have any questions for our next intrapreneurs, leave it on a comment below. ► bundl.com
18:00
September 24, 2018
#10 Paul Ellingstad: The Social Responsibility of Corporations
Being it donating unpronounceable amounts of money to NGOs, giving away their top-of-the-line products or raising their own foundations and social organisations, philanthropy is no longer just an altruistic action, but also a political game and a race to the best and biggest. When he met Martin Burt, founder of Fundación Paraguaya, Paul knew that Hewlett Packard could do much more for these people. Together, they set on a journey to fight world poverty. They developed a system that allows the foundation’s workers to gather a wide range of information in a fast, integrated and interactive way, using pictures, geotagging and analytics. HP's Visual Survey Platform app saves several hours to the volunteers, and helps to pinpoint every family’s specific needs and best solutions.In the end, this joined venture turned out to be more than just a particular social enterprise. It became a commercial solution for some of HP’s largest clients.
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September 10, 2018
#9 Yulia Savitskaya: Building a $2M Revenue Business in Leadership Development
Based on the vibrant startup hub of San Francisco, Yulia Savitskaya led a small team of intrapreneurs to create an innovative, “powerpoint-free” leadership development program within Great Place To Work - a global management consultancy with franchises in over 40 countries around the World. This meant diving deep into the training processes and challenging the way people within the company were used to sharing and absorbing knowledge. With a very clear vision from the company's founder, and a lot of flexibility in resources, Yulia’s successful venture ended up becoming a profitable stand alone business that is making a real impact on people’s lives. In this interview, Yulia shares her passion for the project and explains how that very same drive was a turning point for her success. Do you want to share your story with the community? E-mail me at afonsor@bundl.com . And if you have any questions for our next intrapreneurs, leave it on a comment below. ► bundl.com
22:50
August 27, 2018
#8 Jason Stamm: A business model for sustainability in the beer industry
Jason Stamm joined AbInBev knowing that he would be embarking on a journey of disruptive intrapreneurship. He ended up advocating for sustainable innovation in the beer industry, giving the spent grains a new nutritious and delicious life in the form of Canvas fiber + protein shakes. Backed by AbInBev’s ZX Ventures, this corporate venture is fighting one of the biggest forms of waste in the traditional brewing industry. Jason takes us through his journey of discovery, investigation and stubbornness for creating a pioneering business model based on the lean startup methodology. Do you want to share your story with the community? Send an e-mail to afonsor@bundl.com . And if you have any questions for our next intrapreneurs, leave it on a comment below. ► Check out our website: bundl.com
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August 13, 2018
#7 Gib Bulloch: Can Social Intrapreneurship Add Value to your Business?
Gib Bulloch - author of 'The Intrapreneur - Confessions of a corporate insurgent' - had a traditionally "successful" job in a big corporation, but still felt a sense of unfulfillment. When he discovered the need for his business skills within NGOs, in less developed countries, Gib decided to bridge that gap. Taking full advantage of his position at Accenture, he developed the award-winning Accenture Development Partnerships, a corporate social enterprise that provided Accenture's resources and people to organizations in less developed countries, in a non-profit basis. In this interview, Gib tells us about his journey of self-discovery, and how he provided purpose to so many of his colleagues by allowing them to embark on this social intrapreneurship journey with him, and how he managed to get Accenture on-board with him, and manage resources and expectations while running a non-profit within a very business-driven organisation. ► Check out our website: bundl.com
26:35
July 30, 2018
#6 Isabel do Vale: Customers Kept Us Going in a New Market
Isabel Almiro do Vale had an unusual experience with intrapreneurship. Instead of growing into the role from within the company, she was hired deliberately by Syngenta to be in charge of a new venture: making a brand out of a flower. Isabel takes us through this journey of creating a customer-faced product in a B2B environment. Her colleagues are mostly scientists who weren't used to look at their flowers from a client's perspective. They had to learn to ask different questions, and to explore different areas of horticulture to create plants that are accessible to a wider audience. On the other hand, Isabel had to learn that biology has its own limitations, and sometimes it's just impossible to create the products your clients crave for. Do you want to share your story with the community? Send an e-mail to afonsor@bundl.com . And if you have any questions for our next intrapreneurs, leave it on a comment below. ► Check out our website: bundl.com
26:12
July 16, 2018
Special Episode: Introducing Afonso!
Today we have a special, quite emotional extra episode: we're introducing our new colleague Afonso! Afonso is a venture builder with quite an interesting track record working with corporations, like Linkedin and Adidas. A citizen of the world, Afonso's passport is Portuguese, but he lived in several corners of the world (8 different countries, to be exact), from Brazil to the UK, to Belgium! ► Do you want to share your story with the community? Send an e-mail to afonsor@bundl.com Looking forward to it! And if you have any questions for our next intrapreneurs, leave them on a comment below, or send us a voice message on Anchor! ► bundl.com ► youtube.com/bundltube
08:08
July 9, 2018
#5 Seppe Van Sever: Building startups outside the corporate walls — the first steps & structure
When Seppe de Sever saw a call for creative entrepreneurial people within EDF Luminus, he never imagined he would be one of the two employees that kickstarted the company's first corporate venturing project. Completely detached from EDF Luminus’s environment, resources and data, Seppe set out to solve their clients' biggest needs, while making sure that the solution would be limited to those only. Setting up such an ambitious project is still an ongoing process. “We see everybody is learning: we are learning, EDF Luminus is learning, on how to do it quicker and better.” But the learning curve is steep and even though the path might be uncertain, it is highly rewarding. ► Do you want to share your story with the community? Send an e-mail to afonsor@bundl.com Looking forward to it! And if you have any questions for our next intrapreneurs, leave them on a comment below, or send us a voice message on Anchor! ► bundl.com ► youtube.com/bundltube
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July 3, 2018
#4 Gil Nimmegeers: The Studio — A Startup-Factory to White-Label Existing Corporate Assets
As one of Belgium's biggest banks, Belfius has developed several assets that facilitate internal processes and improve their services and connection to clients. But most of these services could also be applied to other companies, and even other markets. Meet The Studio, an innovation hub that diagnoses pain points within the bank, and generates solutions that help not only their own clients but everyone else too - either by selling their services to other corporations (Spencr.net), or by offering it directly to the public (pengo.me). On this episode of Intrapreneur Stories, we sit together with Gil Nimmegeers, Innovation Manager at The Studio. ► Do you want to share your story with the community? Send an e-mail to afonsor@bundl.com Looking forward to it! And if you have any questions for our next intrapreneurs, leave them on a comment below, or send us a voice message on Anchor! ► bundl.com ► youtube.com/bundltube
30:47
June 18, 2018
#3 Christopher Waldner: Intrapreneurship VS Entrepreneurship, The Dilemma
Christopher Waldner knew from an early age that he wanted to build companies from scratch. But when it came to choosing an academic path, he found that “entrepreneur” isn’t exactly something you can study for, so he started creating startups on his spare time. Today, with more than 10 years of experience working side-by-side with corporations as an entrepreneur in-residence, Christopher became what he calls a “serial intrapreneur”. On this episode of Intrapreneur Stories, he shares realistic insights of being an entrepreneur or an intrapreneur, how you can become one, and why you would choose one or the other. Christopher’s experience on both sides of the spectrum also provided him with an unique perspective on how venture builders and corporations should work together. Do you want to share your story with the community? Write to afonsor@bundl.com If you have any questions for our next intrapreneurs, leave it on a comment below, or send us a voice message! (Anchor only) ► bundl.com
38:42
June 4, 2018
#2 Pieter Dewulf: How to tackle the P2P market & the risks of being an intrapreneur
Being an intrapreneur isn't for everyone. Even though you're not investing your own money — like an entrepreneur would—, you still have to give up your job to start a new venture that could result in failure. But for some reason, Pieter Dewulf keeps coming back for more. In this episode of Intrapreneur Stories, Pieter tells us about how he took that leap of faith to disrupt the postal service industry in Belgium, creating what ended up being the peer-to-peer package delivery system Parcify. Do you want to share your story with the community? Send an e-mail to afonsor@bundl.com . And if you have any questions for our next intrapreneurs, leave it on a comment below. Check out our website: bundl.com ► Let’s connect! Blog: bundl.com/blog Youtube: youtube.com/bundltube LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/202237 Instagram: instagram.com/bundlgram Facebook: facebook.com/bundl.be Twitter: twitter.com/bundl
31:39
May 21, 2018
#1 Stijn Van Avermaet: From B2B to B2C
What does a company do when a product isn’t reaching its full potential via their traditional B2B2C channels? See how intrapreneur Stijn Van Avermaet, takes Orgalux, one of Van Hoecke’s branches, on the journey to create the company’s first direct-to-market approach. Do you want to share your story with the community? Send an e-mail to afonsor@bundl.com . Looking forward to it! And if you have any questions for our next intrapreneurs, leave it on a comment below. Check out our website: https://bundl.com ► Let’s connect! Blog: https://bundl.com/blog Youtube: https://youtube.com/bundltube LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/202237 Instagram: https://instagram.com/bundlgram Facebook: https://facebook.com/bundl.be Twitter: https://twitter.com/bundl
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May 7, 2018
TEASER #1 Stijn Van Avermaet — From B2B to B2C
Launching 7th of May 2018! What does a company do when a product isn’t reaching its full potential via their traditional B2B2C channels? See how intrapreneur Stijn Van Avermaet, takes Orgalux, one of Van Hoecke’s branches, on the journey to create the company’s first direct-to-market approach. Do you want to share your story with the community? Send an e-mail to afonsor@bundl.com . Looking forward to it! And if you have any questions for our next intrapreneurs, leave it on a comment below. Check out our website: https://bundl.com ► Let’s connect! Blog: https://bundl.com/blog LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/company/202237 Instagram: https://instagram.com/bundlgram Facebook: https://facebook.com/bundl.be Twitter: https://twitter.com/bundl
00:33
May 3, 2018
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