Keynote Address at open2012 from Mr. Michael Docherty, CEO of Venture2 Inc.
Mike is CEO of Venture2, a consulting and new ventures firm he founded in 2004. Venture2 partners with leading brand companies and emerging technology firms to build innovation ecosystems and commercialize breakthrough new products and businesses. Corporate clients include P&G, GlaxoSmithKline, Kraft, Pfizer, Jarden and other leading companies globally. In parallel to Venture2, Mike has managed several venture-backed start-ups, including a mobile technology innovation network he co-founded with the ex-CMO of P&G. Until recently, Mike was also president of Spencer Trask, the venture capital firm behind leading collaborative innovation platforms including InnoCentive, inno360 and others. Earlier in his career, Mike was a vice president and general manager for Sunbeam Products Inc., where his innovation efforts played a key role in the successful turnaround of the company. Mike holds an MBA degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School and BSME degree from Drexel University. He is a highly rated international speaker on innovation and corporate venturing and an active supporter of the entrepreneurial community. He is also active in applying collaborative innovation in philanthropic efforts, including the recent launch of BeyondPolio.org.