1. Why are we doing what we are doing?
Because the greatest risk is not taking one: Innovation needs to be continuous, not sporadic. It is not a nice-to-have, but a need-to-do. It’s an investment, not an ad-hoc budget decision, and above all it’s a commitment to society, customers, our world, and yourself to be the best version of yourself.
We are here to bridge the gap, facilitating the conversations and match-making between successful entrepreneurs and companies to scale the innovation ecosystem and make needed solutions for our world happen.
2. Why do we believe in entrepreneurial leadership so much?
Simple: This is our DNA - we cannot help it but see problems and attempt to fix them: If we want to change, if we don’t want to continue waiting for the needed solutions for our world, we need to bring together those that haven’t engaged with each other. If we want to change, entrepreneurs and organizations need to be open to working with each other. As an ecosystem, we need to understand the value of employing people experienced and proven in creating meaningful innovation outcomes and capabilities.
Why? Because new opportunities need opportunists. True entrepreneurial talent is one that knows how to optimize risk, has the ability to communicate failure as part of the experimentation as a key milestone for growth, can remind companies of their roots and founder spirit and has the rare ability to invite key stakeholders in an organization together and create a common goal for the future proactively.
We are committed to building the bridges that may not be obvious yet. We are committed to facilitate the powerful relationships between entrepreneurs and organizations dedicated to the future of our society and world and equip both sides with the tools they need to build what should have been build a long time ago.
3. Why do you place entrepreneurs into organizations and not just building new ventures?
You know your business and cause better than anyone - why not investing in its future?The challenges our society is facing are lot more complex than letting innovators alone own the future. If we are not expanding and leveraging the innovation ecosystem and all own our share in determining the future our problems will outgrow our emerging solutions.We need industry experts that work alongside entrepreneurs and the other way around. We need organizations with resources and deep knowledge opening up their HR structures to attract talent that can easily turn ideas into solutions. Now. Not tomorrow.
Why? The only risk today is not to eliminate barriers for entrepreneurial talent to come in and unleash the potential of incumbent organizations.In fact: Those with vast resources, market expertise and brand are able to launch new endeavors with very limited risk. The missing piece is the entrepreneur, who is a dedicated problem-solver and leverages a resource-rich environment to make new magic happen using costumer-obsession, creative excellence and the power of data.
Entrepreneur-In-Residence is a proven model supporting venture capital, government and academia. Our intention is to apply the model supporting foundations and social enterprises to achieve their social and environmental missions.