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Everyone who has worked in large corporate structures before can only second: Change is slow and painful. And the fall of Kodak has shown it, established companies who lack the flexibility of breakthrough innovation risk going out of business. But what is the key to success?

More and more talk is created about the concept of Intrapreneurship: Employees behaving like entrepreneurs in a large organisation, pushing an idea through to the finished product. The Director Magazine calls intrapreneurs the new secret weapon of the business world. And results show that not only innovation is increasing but also the retention of the ever moving and unhappy millennial workforce is higher.

Explore with us and our high caliber panel of experts how they first heard about the concept and what motivated them to start implementing it. What are key success factors to make it work? How can you as an employee start the idea? And how as a manager can you convince your board or superiors to take actions? Who is the hardest to convince? And where did our experts fail to implement it? Join us on Wednesday to find out!

This event is for employees who feel stuck and want to become more entrepreneurial in their daily work. It's for managers who see the need to innovate and want to find a more entrepreneurial approach for their team. And it's for entrepreneurs who take the first step out of their garage and want to keep the innovative spirit up in their growing team. As well as anyone seeking to learn and be inspired about new winds in today's business world.



Kapil Kane – Director of Innovation at Intel China

Kapil Kane, Director of Innovation at Intel runs Ideas2Reality- a China-wide corporate Incubator and Accelerator of ideas. He has a proven track record as an innovator, designer and leader of teams helping bring blockbuster products into the market. Before joining Intel 5 years ago, Kapil worked at Apple leading design and development efforts on a variety of products ranging from tiny iPod Shuffle all the way to mighty iMac and everything in between. His contribution to design also spans across the areas of astrophysics, particle accelerators and automobiles. Kapil received Masters degree from Stanford University in California and Bachelors from National Institute of Technology in India- both in Mechanical Engineering and Design. He has spent a decade each living and working in the US and China and has been based out of Shanghai for the past 9 years.


Martin Daffner – Founder and President at Emerge Innovation

With over 25 years of experience driving innovation and building innovation organizations with firms like Procter & Gamble, Cisco and Avery Dennison, Martin comes with world leading hands-on knowledge and experience turning innovation concepts and ideas into real business outcomes.  In 2006, Martin relocated to China to start up the Asia Pacific Innovation Center for a Fortune 500 company. In 2013, his program as Senior Innovation Architect at Cisco Services was awarded theHBR/McKinsey M-Prize for“Innovating Innovation”. Martin plays many roles in the innovation ecosystem in Asia, and is currently the Director of Innovation at Hult International Business School in Shanghai, a Professor of Design Thinking and Lean Start-up at both Jiaotong University and ShanghaiTech, as well as the founder of Emerge Innovation.


Olivier Marescq – Senior Project Manager at Pernod Ricard

Olivier is leading Pernod Ricard China Business accelerator aiming to leverage the entrepreneurial ecosystem to build new businesses and business models around Offline experiences and online services. In the past year he launched a new retail business concept and organized the spin-off of a marketing activity.

With 15 years of experience focusing on Business Development and economic performance in France, Tunisia, and now in China, Olivier has developed a significant expertise in building organization’s capability to drive growth through innovation.
Olivier is passionate about building leading teams, unleashing talent and empowering organizations to deliver results to their full potential.


Moderator: Rachel Daydou – APAC Innovation Director at Fabernovel

Rachel is passionate about startups and innovation. She had the chance to approach innovation through many angles: co-founding the startup 礼好吗 Lihaoma, leading Shanghai University’s global entrepreneurship program, teaching Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Jiaotong University, being selected to Chinaccelerator Batch 11.
She is deeply involved in communities as Co-Director of Startup Grind Shanghai chapter and Vice President of IPWS. Rachel has lived in China for 8 years and has HSK5.


Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Time: 18.30-21.30 pm, event to start at 19.00 sharp

Venue: Hult Business School, Campus & Enrollment Office, Huaxin Haixin Building (Jinlin Haixin) 666 Fuzhou Road, Shanghai, 福州路666,4楼

IPWS Members & Friends: RMB 170
Non-Members: RMB 300
IPWS Young Professionals Members: RMB 120
Non-Members Young Professionals (<30 years old): RMB 200
*Event Price includes canapés and two drinks.

Who is invited: IPWS welcomes everyone to join our events: members and non-members, women and men, all professional levels and all nationalities.

RSVP: It’s essential to RSVP for this event! Secure your spot by purchasing your ticket now.


When and Where

 February 28, 2018 at 6:30 PM


 February 28, 2018 at 9:30 PM

 Hult Business School, Campus & Enrollment Office, Huaxin Haixin Building (Jinlin Haixin) 666 Fuzhou Road, Shanghai 福州路666,4楼