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For the fifth year in a row, Henkel dx Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of Henkel's consumer goods business, organized the Xathon in Berlin. While the concept has evolved into an open innovation challenge, the focus on empowering female entrepreneurs or female-led startups has remained.
And the winner of Xathon 2023 is: Filestage! 🎉 On Friday, we hosted the #Xathon for the fifth time. Six female-led start-ups were invited to pitch their solutions to our AI Open Innovation Challenges. And we were presented with exciting ideas from all founders. But ultimately, there could only be one winner to win the Proof of Concept with Henkel, worth 25,000€! Congratulations to Jennifer B. and her great team from Filestage. 👏 Filestage provides an AI-powered solution for Henkel’s artwork process, boosting the efficiency of the review process. Congratulations to the winning team and a big thanks to all finalists for pitching their start-ups! 🚀 Also, many thanks to our partners, who have provided generous prizes for our participating start-ups! Adobe SAP.iO HTGF | High-Tech Gründerfonds Telekom TechBoost Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Henkel dx Ventures is investing alongside 40 investors and companies in Startup Insider. 🚀 The platform publishes the newsletter and podcast with the broadest reach in the German startup scene, connecting all players within the ecosystem. The company will use its funds from the second closing seed investment round to further enhance their platform. You can learn more in Startup Insider’s press release about Henkel dx Venture’s latest investment. The link can be found in the comments. ⬇️
How can consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies grow in this highly volatile and environment? While COVID-19 lockdowns, supply chain challenges and inflations have been causing commercial and operational disruptions, consumers still expect a seamless and personalized experience. To adapt products and services to the need of value driven consumer, it is crucial to embrace outside-in innovation through Henkel dx Ventures in the areas of hair and washing disruption. 👩🦱👨🦲🧺🧼 Our Henkel dx Ventures team, the corporate venture capital arm of Henkel’s consumer goods business, has made CPG Innovation an additional focus area for investment. More important, the team adopts a holistic approach, balancing financial investments with strategic partnerships. Join us in exploring the future of consumer packaged goods. 🚀
Why do investments and partnerships have to go hand in hand? That's what Michaela Bessell, responsible for Ecosystems and Partnerships at Henkel dx Ventures, discussed at the Innovation Roundtable® last week. 💡 In her keynote, she emphasized how Henkel dx Ventures invests in start-ups and facilitates collaboration with Henkel’s business units and shared the lessons learned on building successful partnerships. 🤝 Michaela’s presentation gave a perspective on how corporate venture capital can support the strategic innovation pipeline of the business She covered various aspects of the set up from maintaining a balance between closeness of partnerships with the business and distance of investment management, uncovering competitive advantages and identifying potential startup partners, the decision-making criteria for partnering and investing in startups, facilitating startup collaboration through use case collection, ecosystem screening, and matchmaking, and advancing collaboration beyond Proof-of-Concepts by securing business commitment and budgets. #InnovationRoundtable #CorporateVenturing #CVC
Is e-commerce shifting towards digital commerce and what is the difference between both? While the most common tool of e-commerce is the online shop, digital commerce provides businesses with numerous opportunities to expand their reach and connect with customers in new and innovative ways. 🛍️ From online marketplaces to social media shopping and virtual reality experiences, the possibilities are endless. Companies that embrace digital commerce have seen a notable increase in customer engagement, positively impacting their bottom line. Especially fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies must adapt to meet the growing demand for digital experiences, leading to an increased level of personalization and easy-access reselling platforms. Our Henkel dx Ventures team, the corporate venture capital arm of Henkel’s consumer goods business, has made digital commerce a focus area for investment. More important, the team adopts a holistic approach, balancing financial investments with strategic partnerships. Join us in exploring the potential of digital commerce and driving the future of e-commerce together. 🚀 #DigitalCommerce #ecommerceopportunities #DigitalMarketing #HenkeldxVentures
Digital Commerce and Sustainability in the consumer goods business – these are the two investment areas Henkel dx Venture's new strategy is focused on.❓Why? Because these are two of the most promising fields to come. With that, we aim to drive the future of commerce and make Henkel a champion in the digital world.
Henkel dx Ventures invests in Startup Insider to help build the startup scene's leading data and information platform for greater transparency and efficiency.
Henkel has set a new strategic course for its corporate venture capital activities in the consumer goods business after the company has generated a second 150-million-euro fund earlier this year. The company’s venturing unit Henkel dx Ventures focuses its activities on a strong and future-oriented strategy. It partners with start-ups for co-innovation and invests in promising ventures globally in two defined focus areas, which are digital commerce and sustainability.
Wer gründet, braucht gute Partnerinnen und Partner. Menschen und Organisationen, auf die man sich verlassen kann. Das gilt sowohl intern fürs Team als auch in der Zusammenarbeit mit Investor:innen und anderen Unterstützer*innen. Michaela Bessell, Head of Ecosystem and Partnerships bei Henkel dx Ventures, verrät, worauf es dabei ankommt, warum eine klare Kommunikation wichtig ist, und wieso sie sich selbst als Brückenbauerin sieht. Sie weiß aus persönlicher Erfahrung, wie wichtig Unterstützung im richtigen Augenblick ist. Ein Gespräch über Vertrauen, Diversität und Kollaboration im Rahmen des Xathon, dem Business-Hackathon für weibliche Gründerinnen von Henkel.
Drei Tage voller Inspiration, kreativer Workshops, konstruktiver 1:1-Mentoring-Sessions und jede Menge Leidenschaft, Unternehmergeist und Female Empowerment – das war der Xathon 2022. Vom 1. bis zum 3. September kamen rund 100 Gründerinnen beim Xathon in Berlin zusammen, dem Business-Hackathon von Henkel dx Ventures mit dem Ziel, weibliche Gründerinnen bei ihren Geschäftsinnovationen zu unterstützen und dabei zu helfen, ein relevantes Netzwerk aufzubauen.
Shopping sustainably while saving money – that is what Evoléna de Wilde d'Estmael has made possible with her startup: faircado’s goal is to make secondhand shopping the first choice for everyone. The founder presented her re-commerce concept in September at the Xathon, the business hackathon for women by Henkel dx Ventures. Faircado won first place, receiving a prize money of 25,000 euros for the idea. In this interview, Evoléna reveals how faircado works, what the Xathon means to her, and what plans she has for the future.