Challenges and
Opportunities of Corporate Venture Building

Building a Corporate Venture Building Unit - Case Study
Matthias Hille, Head of Venture Building, REHAU New Ventures

Promoting internal innovation and opening up new business areas is becoming increasingly important for many established companies in order to stay relevant and compete with emerging startups. In this interview with Bitrock Digital Partners, Matthias Hille, Head of Venture Building, REHAU New Ventures GmbH, shares his experience of establishing an independent venture building unit for the REHAU Group. After participating in several innovation projects, the company recognized the potential benefits of an independent unit and founded REHAU New Ventures GmbH in 2020. Bitrock Digital Partners supported the new entity with strategic advice, operational expertise and support. Matthias Hille describes the process leading up to the foundation and discusses the need for a dedicated unit to foster and establish a culture of innovation, as well as the challenges and key lessons learned along the way.

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Identifying Successful Business Ideas

Innovation units have become popular among companies seeking to build new businesses and ventures. These units leverage existing assets within the organization, including the diverse skill sets and perspectives of employees, to identify new business opportunities. To collect and evaluate business ideas, companies use various methods such as employee suggestion boxes, hackathons, and ideation sessions. However, the real challenge lies in selecting and developing the most promising ideas that align with the company's strategic goals and can drive long-term growth.
Innovation units evaluate each idea based on its strategic fit, potential for success, feasibility, and ability to solve a real pain point for the company or its customers. It is important for innovation units to stay up-to-date on industry trends and emerging technologies to identify promising opportunities. However, internal innovation units may face biases or limitations that can affect the selection process. This is where an external perspective can help. Working with partners brings a fresh perspective, expertise, resources, and networks that can help identify and develop the most promising business ideas while avoiding biases or limitations.
Bitrock offers an Idea Selection Workshop that helps companies select the best ideas for further validation based on strategic fit, potential, feasibility, and pain-solving capabilities. By selecting the most promising ideas, companies can invest resources more efficiently and effectively. The workshop identifies key hypotheses and outlines a validation path to increase the chances of success and minimize the risk of investing resources in ideas that may not lead to viable business opportunities.

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Bitrock Digital Partners and Happiest Minds have joined forces to offer comprehensive digital business models and solutions that leverage the strengths of both companies. As an expert in disruptive technologies, Happiest Minds brings a wealth of experience in areas such as AI, cloud, digital process automation, and IoT, while Bitrock Digital Partners specializes in building new businesses and ventures in the digital realm.
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Live Networking Event - Measuring Circularity

On Thursday, 13.4. at 12:30 starts the next "Impact Lunch Talks" networking event about measuring circularity. In this format Melanie Kontonikolaou from Bitrock invites leading experts to share their insights on a variety of topics in the context of ESG and sustainable innovation. In this upcoming session, we are excited to welcome Mateusz Wielopolski, CCEO and Co-Founder of Circulix, a start-up that assesses and evaluates the circularity of products and processes.

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