Interview Of The Week

Interview Of The Week: Peter Borchers, Innovation Expert

Who: Prof. Peter Borchers focuses on helping CxOs and their blue chip companies to become innovation leaders. His main focus is on the collaboration of established companies with external innovation ecosystems like startups, VCs and high-tech companies. He is currently an Affiliate Professor for Entrepreneurial Leadership & Strategy at ESCP Business School (Paris), one of the leading business schools in Europe, and an investor in and Chief Scientist at GlassDollar, a German company that helps corporates source, manage and scale startup collaborations. Until recently, Borchers was the CEO of Allianz Group’s new venture unit and company builder Allianz X and an advisor on digital topics to the Allianz SE group board. Before joining Allianz, Peter founded and headed Deutsche Telekom‘s global incubator hub:raum with offices in Berlin, Krakow and Tel-Aviv. Prior to that, he co-founded and managed Telekom Innovations, an independent but fully-owned Deutsche Telekom innovation division.

Topic: Best practices in start-up corporate collaborations.

Quote: “Corporate startup collaboration – when done right – is an incredible tool to unlock innovation potential .”

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About the author

Jennifer L. Schenker

Jennifer L. Schenker, an award-winning journalist, has been covering the global tech industry from Europe since 1985, working full-time, at various points in her career for the Wall Street Journal Europe, Time Magazine, International Herald Tribune, Red Herring and BusinessWeek. She is currently the editor-in-chief of The Innovator, an English-language global publication about the digital transformation of business. Jennifer was voted one of the 50 most inspiring women in technology in Europe in 2015 and 2016 and was named by Forbes Magazine in 2018 as one of the 30 women leaders disrupting tech in France. She has been a World Economic Forum Tech Pioneers judge for 20 years. She lives in Paris and has dual U.S. and French citizenship.