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Monday, September 9 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Corporate Venture: Opportunities for Startups and Corporations

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Panel: Amelia Gandara (Nationwide), Mike Logozzo (L Marks), Haley Smith (State Auto Labs), Judd Freitag (Smuckers)  
Moderator: Zach Ellis (OSU)

This panel will feature experts leading the charge in corporate innovation.  Hear from representatives from Nationwide, State Auto Labs, Smuckers, and L Marks about the entrance points for early-stage companies looking to do business with and solve problems for established corporations.  You may be surprised to learn about the opportunities for innovation in mature business environments.  With a moderator who spent many years in corporate venture on the East Coast, this panel is for entrepreneurial enthusiasts both inside and outside the corporate scene.

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Haley Smith

Director, State Auto Labs
Haley Smith is the Director of State Auto Labs, the innovation arm of State Auto Insurance, which was designed to help State Auto navigate the rapid and dramatic change of the insurance industry. Haley works side-by-side with the core business teams to help grow innovation using both... Read More →
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Judd Freitag

Director, Corporate Strategy and M&A, The J.M. Smucker Company
Judd is a member of Smucker’s Corporate Strategy practice, providing thought and execution leadership to the C-suite in pursuit of organic and inorganic growth. He also leads the full transaction lifecycle of M&A  opportunities, from target identification through integration. He... Read More →
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Amelia Gandara

Head of Platform and Operations, Nationwide Ventures
Amelia joined Nationwide’s ventures team having been an early member of two corporate innovations teams within GE where she contributed to product development efforts ranging from novel home appliances to industrial inspection technologies. She also managed an evergreen startup... Read More →
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Mike Logozzo

Managing Director, Americas, L Marks
Mike is the head of the Americas Region for L Marks, covering US, Canada, and Latin America. He is a former strategic and transformation leader at BMW Financial Services. During his 18-year tenure, Mike was responsible for business operations, innovation, and best practices integration... Read More →
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Zach Ellis

Director of New Ventures, The Ohio State University
Zach Ellis is Director of New Ventures at The Ohio State University. Zach has over 15 years of corporate management experience and has been commercializing early-stage technologies via startups and other vehicles for the past eight years. Before joining Ohio State, Zach worked at... Read More →

Monday September 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Lincoln Theatre - Grit Stage 769 E Long St, Columbus, OH 43203, USA