Chief Innovation Officer, Co.Station
Béatrice de Mahieu is a Belgian entrepreneur, innovation and business development consultant. Throughout her career, she has had the opportunity to participate in the development and growth strategy of major telecommunication and media companies. After several years at Microsoft, she decided to focus her career on coaching and mentoring startups in their investment and growth plans and on supporting companies in their digital transformation or innovation challenges.
She also joined one of the major investment funds in Belgium as a scouting and investment expert and member of the board. In 2013 she co-created the Pimento Map business model validation tool. Since 2018, she joined Co.Station Belgium as Chief Innovation Officer where she focuses on corporate venturing, cross industry ecosystem building (IoT, IO.Energy…) and open innovation between startups and corporates.
Startups are from Venus – Corporates are from Mars”
Collaboration between large corporates and tech startups are key in order to foster innovation together. We all clearly see the benefits for both sides, but applying these collaborations are easier said than done. What are the risks and challenges for both in these collaboration models? And what are the collaboration models from both the corporate wanting to enter new markets or adopt new business models, and the startup to develop their product and of course, to scale?
When corporates and startups wisely choose their partners, they can live happily ever after!