Félix Cárdenas
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Professor at the Department of Entrepreneurship and Technological Innovation
"If the wind changes, adjust the sails. If the wind stops blowing, row; one way or another, we shall reach our destination".

Félix Cárdenas is a Professor in the Department of Entrepreneurship and Technological Innovation at EGADE Business School of the Tecnológico de Monterrey, where he was Director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He has also been a researcher and affiliate professor at Harvard University, the University of Columbia, IESE, and the University of Texas at Austin. 

He is a co-author of books such as “Comprar un Empresa Exitosa? El Search Fund como Modelo de Emprendimiento, y Open Innovation: Academic and Practical Perspectives on the Journey from Idea to Market, Oxford University Press. His research work has been presented at international congresses in San Francisco, Boston, Nueva York (USA), Geneva, Zurich (Switzerland), Istanbul (Turkey), and Nice (France).

He develops corporate venture capital strategies with corporates, impacting growth and profitability. He has been an advisor and has conducted research for companies such as Cisco, Nokia, Alcan, Logitech, General Electric, Cemex, FEMSA, Credit Suisse, Proeza, Heineken, and Nestle. 

Professor Cárdenas is a partner of the fund InnovaCamp Ventures. He was a partner at Vento Capital and director of greenTEK ventures in Switzerland. His research interests include private capital, entrepreneurial capital, innovation ecosystems, competitive strategy, innovation management, corporate entrepreneurship, value creation, and technology transfer. 

    • Ph.D. in Economics
      HEC University of Lousanne
    • MBA
      EGADE Business School
    • Master in International Business
      Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration
  • Research Fellowship Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) 
  • Research Fellowship National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt)
  1. Open Innovation: Academic and Practical Perspectives on the Journey from Idea to Market publication date Jan 12, 2016 publication description Oxford University Press ISBN 978-019-93744-4-1
  2. ¿Cómo comprar una empresa exitosa? El Search Fund como modelo de emprendimiento publication date Jul 31, 2014 publication description
  3. Corporate Venture Capital. Inversión y Visión: Pilares del Crecimiento publication date Dec 1, 2016  publication description Instituto Mexicano de Ejecutivos de Finanzas (IMEF) Fundación de Investigación
  4. Complementarity between Corporate Venture Capital and R&D for Value Creation. Nominated Best Paper Award publication date Sep 1, 2012  publication description Strategic Management Society (SMS). Prague, Czech Republic.
  5. Internal and External Determinants of Corporate Venture Capital Activity publication date Aug 1, 2012  publication description Academy of Management (AOM). Boston, USA