Intrapreneur Stories

Intrapreneur Stories
In a world where startups can outgrow 50 years old companies, having an entrepreneurial mindset is an increasingly valuable asset. Bureaucracy can delay the developing of disruptive ideas, but the resources available to corporations sky-rocket the chances of forming successful ventures. Intrapreneurs are lining up to conquer new markets with unprecedented speed and agility for a corporate setting. With Intrapreneur Stories, we want to demystify this role. Hear the stories, learnings, tips and advice from experienced intrapreneurs, and maybe you’ll be inspired to set out on your own adventure.

Guy Claesen — The symbiotic relationship between startups and corporations
Aug 2 • 22 min
Our guest today is serial venture builder and former CEO of eXpanded Media Guy Claesen. We learned all about how eXpanded Media grew from a small internet tech unit within Ubizen (an internet security corporation), to a fully functional and independent…
Jochem Baars — Cutting through the red tape of large organizations
Jul 4 • 22 min
Jochem Baars is the intrapreneur behind Tellow, a bookkeeping app for freelancers created at Rabobank. Baars was able to conceptualize, prototype and launch the first MVP in less than 1 year. An impressive feat, if you consider the bureaucracy and…
William de Vos — building a new parcel delivery service in the emerging sharing economy: Parcify by Bpost
May 9 • 13 min
Our guest William De Vos was Parcify’s first ever employee before it was acquired by bpost. Get to know how it became a corporate startup and learn about William’s intrapreneurial journey!
#12 Hugo Pinto: Digital Transformation through Data Monetization: Telefonica Smart Steps
Oct 8, 2018 • 32 min
What happens when a portuguese guy, a spanish guy and a canadian guy get together to talk about digital transformation? No, it’s not the beginning of a joke. It’s the start of a corporate venture that is set to improving business operation through…
#11 Kenny Henderyckx: Why we’re investing in free-roam VR as a Telco
Sep 24, 2018 • 18 min
For a bit over a year, Kenny Henderyckx was the lead in the project that ended up being The Park Playground. Launched on May 2018, The Park is a pioneering entertainment venue that means to introduce new technologies, such as free-roam virtual reality, to…
#10 Paul Ellingstad: The Social Responsibility of Corporations
Sep 10, 2018 • 26 min
Being it donating unpronounceable amounts of money to NGOs, giving away their top-of-the-line products or raising their own foundations and social organisations, philanthropy is no longer just an altruistic action, but also a political game and a race to…
#9 Yulia Savitskaya: Building a $2M Revenue Business in Leadership Development
Aug 27, 2018 • 22 min
Based on the vibrant startup hub of San Francisco, Yulia Savitskaya led a small team of intrapreneurs to create an innovative, “powerpoint-free” leadership development program within Great Place To Work - a global management consultancy with franchises in…
#8 Jason Stamm: A business model for sustainability in the beer industry
Aug 13, 2018 • 18 min
Jason Stamm joined AbInBev knowing that he would be embarking on a journey of disruptive intrapreneurship. He ended up advocating for sustainable innovation in the beer industry, giving the spent grains a new nutritious and delicious life in the form of…
#7 Gib Bulloch: Can Social Intrapreneurship Add Value to your Business?
Jul 30, 2018 • 26 min
Gib Bulloch - author of ‘The Intrapreneur - Confessions of a corporate insurgent’ - had a traditionally “successful” job in a big corporation, but still felt a sense of unfulfillment. When he discovered the need for his business skills within NGOs, in…
#6 Isabel do Vale: Customers Kept Us Going in a New Market
Jul 16, 2018 • 26 min
Isabel Almiro do Vale had an unusual experience with intrapreneurship. Instead of growing into the role from within the company, she was hired deliberately by Syngenta to be in charge of a new venture: making a brand out of a flower. Isabel takes us…
Special Episode: Introducing Afonso!
Jul 9, 2018 • 8 min
Today we have a special, quite emotional extra episode: we’re introducing our new colleague Afonso! Afonso is a venture builder with quite an interesting track record working with corporations, like Linkedin and Adidas. A citizen of the world, Afonso’s…
#5 Seppe Van Sever: Building startups outside the corporate walls — the first steps & structure
Jul 3, 2018 • 20 min
When Seppe de Sever saw a call for creative entrepreneurial people within EDF Luminus, he never imagined he would be one of the two employees that kickstarted the company’s first corporate venturing project. Completely detached from EDF Luminus’s…
#4 Gil Nimmegeers: The Studio — A Startup-Factory to White-Label Existing Corporate Assets
Jun 18, 2018 • 30 min
As one of Belgium’s biggest banks, Belfius has developed several assets that facilitate internal processes and improve their services and connection to clients. But most of these services could also be applied to other companies, and even other markets.…
#3 Christopher Waldner: Intrapreneurship VS Entrepreneurship, The Dilemma
Jun 4, 2018 • 38 min
Christopher Waldner knew from an early age that he wanted to build companies from scratch. But when it came to choosing an academic path, he found that “entrepreneur” isn’t exactly something you can study for, so he started creating startups on his spare…
#2 Pieter Dewulf: How to tackle the P2P market & the risks of being an intrapreneur
May 21, 2018 • 31 min
Being an intrapreneur isn’t for everyone. Even though you’re not investing your own money — like an entrepreneur would—, you still have to give up your job to start a new venture that could result in failure. But for some reason, Pieter Dewulf keeps…
#1 Stijn Van Avermaet: From B2B to B2C
May 7, 2018 • 16 min
What does a company do when a product isn’t reaching its full potential via their traditional B2B2C channels? See how intrapreneur Stijn Van Avermaet, takes Orgalux, one of Van Hoecke’s branches, on the journey to create the company’s first…
TEASER #1 Stijn Van Avermaet — From B2B to B2C
May 3, 2018 • 0 min
Launching 7th of May 2018! What does a company do when a product isn’t reaching its full potential via their traditional B2B2C channels? See how intrapreneur Stijn Van Avermaet, takes Orgalux, one of Van Hoecke’s branches, on the journey to create the…