Driving innovation from within

11 March 2021

5:00 – 6:30pm London

Virtual roundtable

Meeting Overview

Telefónica’s open innovation strategy seeks and develops technological solutions to complement internal R&D while creating an improved connection with international entrepreneurship ecosystems. As global head of the entrepreneurship initiatives, Miguel Arias manages Telefonica’s seed investment fund and all the operator’s entrepreneurship spaces, including the 11 Wayra open innovation hubs and the 50 open future spaces around the world.

 

 

Miguel Arias

Global Entrepreneurship Director @ Telefonica

 

Speaker

Miguel Arias, proud dad, serial entrepreneur, and startup investor, has over 17 years of experience in building technology-based startups with a global reach.

Miguel has founded startups before, and helped others grow in a variety of roles. He is a skilled generalist who understands technology as well as people-matters. His expertise encompasses different tasks and challenges, from the vision and strategy definition to product management, with special dedication to startup funding, VC management and international investor relations.

As Global Entrepreneurship Director at Telefonica, he is responsible for leading the new stage in Telefónica’s open innovation strategy; this is committed to seeking out and developing technological solutions to complement internal R&D while creating an improved connection with international entrepreneurship ecosystems from Brazil or Colombia to UK, Germany or Spain. He is responsible for Telefonica’s seed stage investments through Wayra, which has over 450 startups in its portfolio in 10 different countries and through Open Future, with over 40 open innovation hubs with public and private partners. Since 2018, Wayra has invested in more than 80 startups in Europe and LATAM on the fields of Cybersecurity, Data, AI, Mobility, IoT…

Previously as COO at CARTO, he led the sales, financial, and operational efforts from its Madrid, NY, DC, London and Tartu offices, directing the company’s growth and scaling-up up to more than 100 employees, raising over 40 million euros by Top Tier VCs like Accel Partners, Salesforce Ventures or Kibo Ventures.

His first startup, IMASTE, the leading webcasting and virtual events platform in Europe, was acquired by Silicon Valley based ON24 Inc in 2012, and he led the integration process between both organizations and become the Sales Director for Europe for ON24.

He loves to teach and share experiences as entrepreneurship professor at the IE Business School and ISDI.

Trying to enhance the Spanish entrepreneurial ecosystem, he co-founded Chamberi Valley, the main Madrid-based association for tech-based scaled ups with over 1 million € revenue or 1 million € in investment which now has over 35 members which employ more than 5000 skilled individuals.

Torsten Kolind

CEO & Co-founder @ YouNoodle

Chair

Torsten Kolind, Co-Founder & CEO, YouNoodle, Inc., San Francisco, California

A bioinformatics engineer by training, Torsten co-founded YouNoodle in San Francisco, a technology platform to source, select and engage the most promising startups in the world.

He has judged startup programs at Stanford University, MIT, and Imperial College, and has written opinion pieces for both Wall Street Journal and Entrepreneur Magazine.

Torsten is an advisor to a number of startups, and an investor in two venture funds. He is a frequent speaker on corporate innovation, and on how governments can spur ecosystem growth through global startup engagement.

 

This meeting is open to Innovation Partnership members and partners. If you wish to apply to join please email hello@innovationpartnership.co.uk


 

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