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It takes an ecosystem to innovate: startups, corporations and the connectors that bring them together

Top innovation leaders from around the ecosystem — Alice Vilma of Morgan Stanley, Rishi Roongta of Bain & Company and Terry Angelos of Visa — convened with KITE Founder and CEO Mark Silva to learn how they discover innovative solutions and get to outcomes faster.

Alice Vilma is a Managing Director and the co-head of the Multicultural Innovation Lab at Morgan Stanley. The lab makes early stage investments into tech and tech-enabled companies with a woman or multicultural founder at the Seed and Series A level.

Rishi Roongta, Founder of the Bain Innovation Exchange and Expert Partner at Bain & Company, focuses on building their global network of startups and venture funds to bring companies to life and accelerating innovation with clients.

Terry Angelos, SVP and Global Head of Fintech at Visa, focuses his time on how Visa structures engagement with fintechs across three areas: partnerships, investments and creating commercial programs so startups and fintechs can more easily onboard into the payments ecosystem. Visa’s programs include the Visa Everywhere Initiative, an open Innovation program that tasks startups and fintechs to solve the payment and commerce challenges of tomorrow; the Visa Fintech Fast Track Program, which enables participating fintechs to more easily leverage the speed, security and reliability of the Visa network; the Inclusive Fintech 50, which elevates promising early-stage fintechs driving financial inclusion and resilience; and Visa Ventures, whose investments are used to enhance partnerships, create benefits for the Visa ecosystem and to tap into external innovation.

Within the past few years, innovation has progressed at a wildly rapid rate. It’s not just happening within the four walls of a corporation, it’s happening all around. With over $250 billion of private investment capital going to startups, it’s become necessary for corporations to understand the work startups are doing and to find ways to partner with them.

These enterprise leaders, as well as many others, already know that startups and large enterprises can fuel each other’s growth and bottom line, whether it’s through partnership, investment or acquisition. But bringing the right ones together needs more than serendipity: it requires a dynamic ecosystem that includes consultants, accelerators and VCs (aka the connectors).

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KITE reports are fully customizable and tethered to your data, so you can quickly and easily share startup information and trends. This KITE report focuses on the 500+ startups at Disrupt 2020.

The KITE platform helps corporate innovation teams, consultants, and accelerators better manage their startup ecosystem. Companies like Visa, Comcast, EY, Estee Lauder, and others use KITE to centralize, enrich and share all company and relationship data their business units generate.