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Interactive events and formats fostering collaboration and innovation.

Henkel X Partners

Henkel X Partners brings together companies and curious, forward-thinking entrepreneurs who believe in accelerating the innovative power of our respective industries through partnership and collaboration with the ecosystem of our peers and industry partners, entrepreneurs, VCs, universities and start-ups. Our mission is clear: To create a strong ecosystem that fosters and promotes innovation between thought leaders both in local markets and between markets and spanning multiple industries. By doing so, the Henkel X platform endeavours to mirror the ecosystem that has allowed Silicon Valley to develop and support many of the most important technological breakthrough ideas of the last few years.

As Henry Ford once said “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself”. Collaboration is key for us to innovate faster with exponential impact in a digitally driven and disruptive world.

The recent Henkel X launch in Barcelona was inspiring and energizing. Together with its partners; Antai Venture Builder, H-Farm, APX by Axel Springer & Porsche and IESE; the Henkel X team spread their mission of accelerating open innovation cross industries and with that Henkel’s entrepreneurial transformation across the Iberia region. With Henkel X Partners, each and every partner brought their network and ecosystem to the table. In Barcelona the Henkel X team and its partners brought together over 250 digital thought leaders from both the local and international locations. Attendees were entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, university students, and industry partners and they all came together to accelerate with impact the growth of opportunities for the industry as a whole and Henkel’s innovation ecosystem in Spain and across the globe. Over the course of two days, attendees shared insights, brainstormed on new business models, new technologies and ways of working, and established relationships with partners that always lead to new actionable projects, all with the goal of driving sustainable growth in the industry.

The upcoming launch of Henkel X Partners in Milan on October 9th will be hosted by Bocconi. In addition to the international ecosystem, the participants will include the Italian industry and family offices and venture capital funds as well as a fair representation of retail, fashion and of course the local entrepreneurs and startups.

We seek to organically launch the Henkel X Partners ecosystem in each region together with the domestic startup and industry ecosystem. This way, our local Henkel offices have the ability to tap into this amazing ecosystem to drive and support their innovation agenda together with us.

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Henkel X Partners

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The journey of Henkel X

Check out our Onepager which describes the journey of Henkel X from Mobilization until Growth.

Show & Tell

These live events, which take place once a month at Henkel, are offering selected start-ups the opportunity to present innovative technologies that might be able to support Henkel's digital growth objectives. The events cover a broad range of topics that provide teams from all of Henkel´s business units and functions with insights into new ways of serving customers and consumers and further digitizing our processes. In a creative atmosphere, Henkel employees meet leading start-up founders – to exchange, network, develop new ideas, and discuss future project.

Let’s innovate together! 

Henkel X Show & Tell
Overview Start-ups

Do you want to know which companies have already presented at Henkel X Show & Tell? Click here to check out all start-ups.


Show & Tell

1:23 min.


Fireside Chats 

Fireside Chats are moderated roundtables about digitally relevant topics with industry experts, e.g. a discussion about the future of brands. As digital developments have impacted brand building and brand management heavily over the past decade and “indie brands” now represent a new breed of entrepreneurs that are progressive, creative and not afraid to rewrite the rules of traditional business, we discussed this with different guests. We usually include an internal Henkel expert and bring in external speakers, such as start-up founders. The aim is to create an open mindset, broaden the horizons and to get insights from a broad mix of people: entrepreneurs, corporate managers, futurists, founders, etc.

Digital Upskilling

The Digital BaseFit was designed together with HR and will give our workforce globally access to digital basic knowledge they need to know already today. We launched the Digital BaseFit in 2019 and made it accessible on the new learning platform Cornerstone.

As the name implies, the Digital BaseFit will assess the status quo of the employee’s basic digital knowledge and consequently provides immediate customized learning content. Going forward, this stream will make sure that our workforce – regardless of seniority and expertise – can benefit and expand their digital basic knowledge.


Digital briefings focus on one specific topic that is explained by one external and one internal expert. With these events we aim to further capitalize on industry expertise and substantially distinguish Henkel as an anchor for collaborative commerce. Past topics have been e.g. logistics and e-commerce. Future topics will be Artificial Intelligence in the fields of finance as well as Open Innovation. Whereas our Fireside Chats focus more on a diverse and open exchange, Digital Briefing is rather designed to give compresses input into one topic and foster the knowledge.

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Premier video content on demand

Provided by RealVison

Real Vision is a video on-demand service for business and finance.
They offer TV streaming, written research and podcasts – including exclusive in-depth interviews and documentaries – covering a wide range of topics: eCommerce, new business model development, entrepreneurship, venture capital, blockchain, AI, and future of work.
Henkel X has entered into a special partnership to get unparalleled access to this quality content and its insights.
This inspiring content and knowledge helps us to reflect on the trends, ideas, and issues that will have impact on our markets and businesses. This will further support our aim to accelerate Henkel’s entrepreneurial transformation. We are happy to share this specifically curated digital content with you. Enjoy!

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