Bert Grobben

CEO | CxO | [Open] Innovation Expert | Entrepreneur | Board Member | Advisor | Venture Builder | Preventative Health at Budding Innovations Pte. Ltd.

Singapore · SingaporeJoined May 2020


Dr. Bert Grobben is a senior Corporate Global Open Innovation leader, a serial Entrepreneur, and an Ironman Triathlete. He is passionate about Healthy living and preventative Health. His extensive experience with both Corporates and Startups makes him particularly well-suited to build ecosystems where early-stage Deeptech can make its way into a Corporate portfolio.

He has >20-year track record leading >$100M program portfolios as a corporate leader (P&G, Avery Dennison) and as a venture builder in implementing sustaining & disrupting innovations for Billion-dollar Brands. He has extensive experience running global programs, and deep regional exposure across Western Europe, North & sub-Sahara Africa, Middle East, China and South East Asia. He operates seamlessly across cultures, and both technical and business domains. A unique skill is his background in qualitative Consumer & Market research. He focuses on identifying and translating key in-use product & Brand experiences and un-met needs into technology development and implementation plans. His broad cross-industry exposure allows him to support Brands on their business model innovation, and identify new opportunities for profitable growth and geographical expansion.

As a Biomedical PhD, and an innovation track record across Health related domains, he is now also supporting SMEs and Startups on early stage business model innovation, defining and optimising product-market-fit and go-to-market strategy and designing product experiences that address critical needs and winning in-use experiences. As a master in the process of executing innovation processes, he works with companies as a venture builder, a CxO, an advisor or as a consultant to ensure innovative products get implemented into the business and the markets. He also comes onboard as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence to spin-out startup, or spin-in opportunities into Corporate portfolios.

Work Experience (4)


Budding Innovations Pte. Ltd.

September 2015 - Present


CEO / Chairman

Ecoworth Tech Pte. Ltd.

September 2015 - Present


Global Technical Director


November 2013 - March 2015

Hong Kong

Regional Director Open Innovation

Procter & Gamble

January 2013 - November 2013


Academic Studies (1)


University of Antwerp

January 1996 - January 2002

BioMedical Sciences

Research areas of interest (14)

  • Biological Sciences
  • E-Health
  • Agrofood Industry
  • Technologies for the food industry
  • Food Additives/Ingredients/Functional Food
  • and 9 more

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