Corporate Venturing and Innovation – Lessons Learned from Startups

Sponsored Event | May.24.2018 | 1:30pm - 5:00pm (Central European Standard Time)

WHU Campus Düsseldorf

The WHU Entrepreneurship Roundtable – supported by the WHU Entrepreneurship Center and Orrick – hosts its annual event on corporate venturing and innovation and the lessons learned from startups.

The event has a great line up of speakers including:

  • Florian Pauthner - CEO at SevenVentures
  • Paul Dietrich – Regional VP at Salesforce
  • Philipp Depiereux - CEO at etventure
  • Florian Fehr - Head of Business Development at Viessmann Digital
  • Konstantin Timm - Founder of Kale and Me

The speakers will provide their insights into what works and what doesn't work in corporate venturing and what drives a successful corporate/startup cooperation. We will also take a look at deal flow generation, digital transformation, collaboration with startups, discuss the upcoming trends in the food industry and much more.

CLE Credits Available: N



  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Technology Companies Group

Dr. Sven Greulich, LL.M. (Cantuar), EMBA Partner M&A and Private Equity, Technology Companies Group


Dr. Sven Greulich, partner at Orrick's Düsseldorf office, guides technology companies of all stages and their financial sponsors through transformational corporate transactions. These deals include technology acquisitions, buy-out M&A of technology companies and strategic  cross-border investments/JV as well as later stage venture capital investments.

Sven advises technology companies on complex cross-border mergers and acquisitions, and private equity and venture capital investments, and provides general corporate counseling.

His clients include technology companies of all stages and their investors at all points in the company life cycle. Supported by a global and cross-practice team, he also counsels major corporations on expansion/market entry projects and has a special focus on in- and outbound German/US investments and joint ventures.

The Legal500 Ranking EMEA for 2018 recommends Sven for “mid-sized international Corporate M&A deals (€100m-€500m)” and the leading German market publication Juve ranks him as "frequently recommended for M&A and corporate advice.

Sven is passionate about building a bridge for his clients from Germany to the US and other international technology hubs and to help them succeed in the international market. With a dual background in business and law, an entrepreneurial spirit, and experience in over 100 M&A transactions and financing rounds across many industries (including energy, automotive, information technology, commerce and life science), Sven has a unique perspective, which inspires him to find the best strategic and commercially viable solution for his clients.

In the 2017 edition of its Innovative Lawyers Report Europe, the Financial Times named Sven’s work to connect start-ups with Germany’s Mittelstand (mid-sized companies) a standout “for making bridges between Silicon Valley and Germany”. In 2017 and 2018, he also received the “Acritas Star Lawyer” award from the leading international legal research company Acritas based on clients' praise for Sven's responsiveness and business-oriented advice for technology companies.

Sven volunteers with entrepreneur groups (such as Prepare! The Entrepreneurs Academy or the WHU Entrepreneurship Roundtable) and lectures at the WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management.