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.


  • Technology & Innovation Sector
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Technology Companies Group

Dr. Sven Greulich, LL.M. (Cantuar), EMBA Partner


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

His clients include technology companies of all stages and their investors. Supported by a global and cross-practice team, he also counsels major corporations and scale-ups on international expansion and growth projects and has a special focus on in- and outbound German/US investments and joint ventures.

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 200 M&A transactions and financing rounds across many industries, Sven has a unique perspective, which inspires him to find the best strategic and commercially viable solution for his clients.

Sven volunteers with entrepreneur groups at the WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management and the RWTH Aachen and regularly lectures at the WHU and the RWTH incubation and innovation centers on venture capital financings, start-up growth and corporate venture capital.

Sven's work has been repeatedly awarded, inter alia

  • the leading German market publication JUVE lists him as "frequently recommended" for M&A, private equity, as well as corporate advice and - since 2019 - ranks Sven as one of Germany's top 15 attorneys for venture capital, the highest recognition for this category awarded by JUVE (2023/2024);
  • Chambers ranks him as one of the top 10 venture capital lawyers in Germany (2024);
  • Legal500 Deutschland includes Sven as "frequently recommended" for M&A (mid-sized deals) as well as private equity (mid-sized deals) and ranks him as a "leading individual" for venture capital (2024); and
  • 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”.