In September 2017, IdeasEurope organized the European Innovation Impact Summit on behalf of the European Parlement in Brussels. The event brought together innovative companies from across Europe and connected them with their peers from European Parlement. Sarah Kelly and I presented the story of Spark and were awarded the "Best Innovation Campaign" award.
So many companies struggle with their corporate innovation programs that it’s important to identify and celebrate “success stories,” as there still aren’t many cases of organizations that get corporate innovation right. One such successful organization is Liberty Global, the world’s largest international cable company, known for its brands like Virgin Media, VodafoneZiggo, Unitymedia and Telenet. In 2016, Liberty Global was ranked 88th on the Forbes list of the World’s Most Innovation Companies.
The Corporate Intrapreneur Summit (organized by the Institute for International Research and Culturevate) that took place on October 8 in NYC brought together more than 70 thought leaders and practitioners in the field of corporate innovation. One
of the most interesting presentations was given by Roel de Vries, who spoke about Spark, Liberty Global's innovation program. After Summit closing, I sat with Roel and asked him a few questions.