Stefan Gabriel

- 3M New Ventures

Stefan Gabriel, President 3M New Ventures, founded and is in charge of 3M’s global Corporate Venture Unit to “invest in technologies that lead into new territory and reinfect 3M with an innovation virus”.

He drives the company’s ongoing efforts to identify, acquire and develop new-to-3M technologies and businesses using venture style funding and management.

Stefan reports to the SVP Corporate Strategy, is member of the Executive Conference, Corporate Technology Operations Committee, Innovation Board and New Ventures Board.

Previously to his engagement within the multi-technology company 3M, he studied manufacturing engineering in Berlin and then worked for more than 23 years for BMW Group in Germany and UK. His areas of responsibility included manufacturing engineering Motorcycles, Strategy Consulting Powertrain and R&D’s innovation field for Future Automotive Concepts BMW-MINI-RR and Concept Vehicles, whereby he received prestigious innovation awards.

With an unabashed passion for innovation and long-term experience in venturing he handles a huge network of innovative businesses and open innovation. Furthermore, he holds various advisory board seats and is visiting Professor for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Huddersfield / Royal Academy of Engineering, UK.

Stefan was awarded “Best Innovator 2011 for Best Corporate Venture” by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology as well as the publication Wirtschaftswoche.

3M New Ventures is currently listed as No.4 “Most influential corporate venturing units in the industrial sector” by Global Corporate Venturing organisation UK (2013).

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