Unleashing Innovation in Mature Companies

Unleashing Innovation Power in Mature Companies

DTU Winter Academy

DTU Winter Academy

Essentials for Leaders of the Future
Can you combine an entrepreneurial culture with an existing core business?

Dates: 30 – 31 January 2019

Price: DKK 9.800 excl. VAT

Intended Audience
Senior managers responsible for orchestrating innovation in established companies, innovation champions who drive innovation

Module Description
The largest risk in mature companies probably is the lack of ability to significantly innovate and create future growth business. If left alone, innovation loose out to the core business short term profit making demands. Hence leading innovation is essential for leaders of the future. The module explores how to lead innovation and build a strategic innovation capability in which the strength of the core business and entrepreneurial innovation benefit from one another.

The module builds on solid US research and extensive Scandinavian experiences from 26 companies engaged in Corporate Entrepreneurship. You choose your own innovation challenge and start reflecting on how to tackle it in small engagements throughout the module. You are exposed to recent cases from leading companies including Danske Banks Mobile Life (e.g. Leo Pharma, Ambu, Danske Bank and Ørsted)


Here are some of the questions this module will explore:

  • Why is it so challenging to renew an existing business?
  • How come that so little of the front-end innovation activity in mature companies result in significant new business growth?
  • Should innovation be inside or outside the core business?
  • Can you combine an entrepreneurial mindset and existing core business?
  • What do I want to do – and what is my role as an innovation leader?
  • How do I unleash the innovation power in my company?

The module will address the stated questions and provide some insights to inspire you to start experimenting.


Jakob HolstJakob Holst Director of DTU Executive School of Business. He heads the Corporate Entrepreneurship CEL™ program in which he has helped 26 large companies conceive 78 new business ventures over the past 10 years. Jakob has 20 years of industry experience, including TDC (You See) in positions as VP of international wholesale markets, Director for 3G/Mobile Broadband, Head of product development, Investment Director for Corporate Ventures, Strategy Director, and Head of mobile consumer marketing and products. Jakob has experience from board positions in 5 IT start-up companies.

Thomas WeikopThomas Weikop has been an active venture partner in the Mobile, Media and Technology industry since 1995. He is the former director at MobileLife Danske Bank – digital transformation of the financial sector. Thomas was CEO for Neo Ideo A/S an internet consultancy company that was acquired by US based Bcom3, CEO and investor in Goviral a global media company that was acquired by US based AOL, Family Mobile in partnership with IKEA in the UK that was acquired by Coms, Chairman of the Board for eLounge.com.

Morten RemmerMorten Remmer has worked in multiple industries across multiple parts of the value chain at the time of their most radical digital transformation. Consequently he has a deep understanding of how such changes reverberate up and down the value chain and what it requires in strategy, change management and execution to bring teams, organisations and even industries around to fully leverage the new opportunities rather than trying to fight change. Until recently he was Chief Growth Officer and Head of the Incubator at LEO Innovation Lab under LEO Pharma. Before this he was Managing Director of music streaming service TIDAL in DK and SE until its acquisition by Jay-Z owned Project Panther Bidco Ltd and he has held managerial positions at Universal Music, Egmont International and Nordisk Film.

Practical Info

Incl. teaching material and lunch 

DKK 9.800 excl. VAT

30 – 31 January 2019

8:30 - 16:30, both days


DTU Business
Building 421
2800 Kgs. Lyngby

Jens Nedergaard
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Jens Nedergaard
(+45) 3162 1315

23 AUGUST 2019