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Corporate-Startup Partnerships: How to Build Them, Sustain Them, and How They’re Key to Fast-Tracking Innovation and Growth

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Category: Corporate Innovators, Founders & Startups, Human Performance, Ion Activation Festival


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May 17, 2023
11:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT


4201 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002
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Join us for a panel discussion with innovation experts from Halliburton Labs, ExxonMobil, and TMCi, moderated by leading global technology law firm Baker Botts.

In a world of constant disruption and emerging technologies, companies can no longer rely solely on internal R&D to drive innovation. To stay competitive in today’s ever-changing landscape, corporations must rethink their innovation strategies to stay ahead of the curve and avoid being disrupted. Meanwhile, innovation and disruption are at the core of startup companies that thrive at challenging the status quo and developing new technologies. Hence why corporate-startup partnerships are vital to innovation.

With insights from Founding Partner Baker Botts, innovation strategists Scott Gale, Executive Director of Halliburton Labs, Tom Luby, Ph.D., Director of TMCi, and Nazeer Bhore, Manager, Tech Scouting, Innovation and Ventures (TSIV) of ExxonMobil, also a Founding Partner, and their portfolio companies, we’ll dive deep into corporate-startup collaborations, including:

– How some of Houston’s and the world’s largest companies are developing open innovation strategies to go beyond their internal boundaries and explore new ventures.
– Different models for collaboration–from IP licensing to direct investment–and how early-stage companies build successful collaborations with large enterprises.
– The benefits of corporate-startup collaborations and the risks.
– How to measure success in partnerships beyond just financial indicators; and more!

Whether you’re a corporate innovator curious about how to engage with startups more effectively or a startup interested in working with a large enterprise to develop a proof of concept or a pilot, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear from experts who have each built dozens of successful startup-enterprise partnerships from the ground up. After the panel, you will have the opportunity to visit with several of Halliburton Labs, ExxonMobil, and TMCi’s portfolio companies to get their own unique perspective and advice.


Enter 4203 Fannin Street into your GPS for directions directly to the red parking lot, located across the street from the Ion building.