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Organizing for Good: Using Deep-Tech to Solve Grand Challenges

  • 16 Sep 2021
  • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Zoom Webinar


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ODC@10 Organizing for Good 

"Using Deep- Tech to Solve Grand Challenges"

Thursday,September 16th, 2021 at 5:00- 7:00 pm Central European Time

Georges Romme (chair) / 

  • The Organizing for Good campaign explores how organization design thinking can help achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This webinar in the “Organizing for Good” campaign explores how deep-tech can help solve some of these SDGs. According to a BCG (2019) report on deep-tech ecosystems, deep-tech products and systems are created from (combining multiple) technological breakthroughs in advanced materials, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, photonics, robotics, advanced manufacturing, embedded software, mechatronics, and other high-tech disciplines. Examples of deep-tech products/systems are self-driving cars, unmanned aerial vehicles (or drones), and photolithographic machines (producing integrated circuits). 

    As such, future developments in deep-tech offer a huge potential for addressing SDG’s—such as those in clean energy, climate action, sustainable cities, responsible consumption and production, and partnership development. However, companies and other organizations developing deep-tech solutions are facing major barriers that are often prohibitive: a very long time to reach market-ready maturity (e.g. 5-7 years, or longer) and the substantial demand for(pre)seed capital to test, prototype and scale up a solution. Moreover, deep-tech innovations are often radical and disruptive for existing industries and markets, and as a result, potential (lead) customers and other users may be cautious and risk averse in adopting these innovations. In this webinar, we’ll explore how ecosystems and partnerships can be designed for successfully developing and commercializing deep-tech solutions that will make the world better.


    After a short intro by the chair, two speakers will give short keynotes:  

  • Arnaud de la Tour (CEO of Hello Tomorrow) will talk about “Adopting the deep-tech approach to unlock its full potential.” Arnaud is the lead author of two reports by BCG and Hello Tomorrow, the most recent one published in 2021.

  • John Bell (CEO of HighTechXL) will talk about designing and shaping HighTechXL, a deep-tech venture builder located in the Netherlands.
Subsequently, the following panelist will reflect on the two keynotes: 
  • Henry Chesbrough, emeritus professor at University of California (Berkeley), who is well-known for coining the open innovation (OI) idea and developing it into a core theory in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship. He’ll reflect on the two keynotes from the perspective of OI ecosystems. 

After the contributions of the two keynote speakers and the panelist, there will be ample opportunities for other participants to raise questions and provide comments on the various contributions.

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