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Keynote Speaker Martin Bell

Martin Bell: Founder & CEO of Bell Ventures, Thought Leader, Company Builder & Global Startup Advisor

Martin Bell - Leading authority on digital entrepreneurship and an expert on how to launch, scale, and assess startups.

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Martin Bell is a global startup advisor, thought leader, keynote speaker, and Founder & CEO of Bell Ventures. He is a leading authority on digital entrepreneurship and an expert on how to launch, scale, and assess startups. He advises corporates, investors, governments, and startups across the world on how to rapidly turn their innovative ideas into successful companies.

Speaking Topics – Martin’s areas of expertise are the following:
– Digitalization, Digital Transformation, Mobile, Digital Disruption
– Company building, Startups
– Innovation, Corporate Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Intrapreneurship
– Incubation, Acceleration, Cultural Transformation
– Agile Work Methodologies, Future of Work
– Industry 4.0, E-Commerce, Food Tech

Martin is the creator of the “100 Task Startup” — a playbook for corporate innovation. It distills the main lessons of building 50 companies and advising 30 public and private sector entities on how to build startups. It’s a one-of-a-kind playbook that lays out all of the crucial steps that a corporate needs to take to realize its goal of setting up a “launchpad” capable of launching and scaling multiple digital startups. The “100 Task Startup” lays out a step-by-step process through which a startup can be transformed from an idea into a fully functioning company in only 20 weeks.

Over the years, Martin has delivered keynote speeches, conducted interactive workshops, and has led and participated in panel discussions to a diverse set of audiences ranging from corporate executives to government officials to the general public. He is a regular speaker at events related to digital innovation and entrepreneurship across the globe. Among his previous clients are corporates such as Nestle, Volkswagen Group, LafargeHolcim, McKinsey, and Bosch.

Previous Engagements with topics
– TEDxBrussels: “Can innovation be as simple as a checklist?” — Unveiled the 100 Task Startup playbook then
– Volkswagen Group Panel: “Sell Cars Online! How To Design Your E-Commerce Incubator”
– LafargeHolcim: “Best Practices In Building Ventures & How You Can Apply Them”
– Innogy: “The Secret To Scaling Corporate Startups”
– Bosch: “How To Build Corporate Startups That Transform Your Culture”
– Wharton / Harvard: “How You Can Build A Successful Startup Fast”
– Corporate Incubation & Acceleration Summit: “The Merits of Applying An Engineering Mindset to Entrepreneurship”
– Intrapreneurship Conference: (February 2017): “Successes & Pitfalls in Corporate Innovation”
– Nestle: “How To Survive Digital Transformation: How Nestle Can Build Its Own Disruptive Startup Brands”

Martin’s fundamental belief is that in our digital world of rapid change, innovation is an imperative rather than an option, disruption is an opportunity rather than a threat, and entrepreneurship is for all rather than the few. He believes that success in venture building is 1% idea and 99% execution. Venture building is not a matter of luck, but something that can be achieved by following a step-by-step process. Leveraging his “100 Task Startup” playbook, this is a process which he can teach, and you can learn.

He was previously with Rocket Internet SE, the world’s leading incubator for startups. There he built, scaled, and assessed 50 companies. The business models of those companies fell into the categories of e-commerce, online food delivery, marketplaces, fintech, and urban mobile on-demand (UMOD).

Some of the well-known companies he helped build are:
– Zalando (e-commerce/fashion retailer in 15 countries in Europe), IPO’ed and market cap of $12bn
– Global Fashion Group (e-commerce/fashion retailer in 24 countries across the world), valued at $1bn
– Lazada (e-commerce / general merchandise retailer in 6 countries in Southeast Asia), acquired by Alibaba and valued at $3bn
– Delivery Hero (online food-delivery service in 40+ countries across the world), IPO’ed and market cap of $6bn
– Foodora (online food-delivery service in 10 countries across the world), acquired by Delivery Hero

Martin completed the Wharton-MBA / Harvard-MPA dual degree program.

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