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SXSW 2018

Bridging the Gap Between Corporates and Startups

They live in vastly different worlds, move at entirely different paces and face radically different challenges. But they need each other, and the world of large corporations and scrappy startups are getting closer than ever. In this panel, we’ll explore the rise of corporate innovation programs and the challenges and opportunities of corporations and startups working together. What does it take for them to speak the same language and build a harmonious relationship?

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  1. What should entrepreneurs do, or not do, when seeking and engaging a large corporate strategic investor, partner or potential acquirer?
  2. How can corporations break through the bureaucratic red-tape barriers that keep them from keeping up with startups and the opportunities they offer?
  3. Are corporate innovation programs effective in fostering and supporting entrepreneurs and intrepreneurs, or are they just "Innovation Theater"?


  • Amit Bhalla, Managing Director, SoftMatch
  • Michael Shipman, Vice President, Innovation & Development, ServiceMaster
  • Fielding Kidd, Director of Business Partnerships for Entrepreneurial Engagement, Comcast
  • Bryan Thomas, CEO, PopUp Tech


Jackson Giles, Mgmt Partner, SoftMatch

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Startup & Tech Sectors
  • Track 2
  • Level: Beginner
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