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Corporate vs Startup Mindset: A deep retrospective to build project innovation

Business Acumen


How do young people really embrace project management to become leaders? Why compare corporate & start-up project environments? Do entrepreneurs, or even better start-upers, have the magic wand to deliver their projects? Is it possible nowadays to talk about intrapreneurship and if yes, what's the way to do it in the project management profession? We live in a highly dynamic environment where technology accelerates the pace of interactions of knowledge and where young people fluctuate between complex corporate environments & lean start-ups. The “new normal” demands talent to handle the ambiguities and this is a unique opportunity for project leaders.


Learning Objectives:

  • The tradeoffs between a corporate and a startup project environment.
  • Examine the insights from two case supply chain & logistics projects.
  • Analyse the Growth & the Fixed Mindset looking at project management.
  • Compare the logic of the business models vs business plans.
  • Highlight the importance of falling in love with a problem & not a solution in delivering outcomes.
  • Make a performed deep retrospective on what worked in the past and what really failed in terms of creating Project Innovation.
  • Support Young Project Leaders and C-Suite leaders to allow innovation flow.



1.0 (0.5 Business Acumen & 0.5 Power Skills)


6:30 PM - Welcome & Opening

6:35 PM - Presentation Begins

7:35 PM - Q&A

7:55 PM - Closing Remarks

8:00 PM - Conclude


Fees: (Subject to HST)

PMI Toronto Members (login prior to registering) - Complimentary

Non-Members and Guests - $15.00




Dimitrios Zaires

Dimitrios is a highly experienced Chartered Supply Chain & Logistics Officer, working for the Hellenic Army & NATO for more than 9 years. Besides his academic publications and his working experience based on his involvement in Supply Chain Projects and different cross-cutting topics for NATO, Dimitrios is an enthusiast for solving real market problems in the industry. He is voluntarily working as a Project Advisor in the Start-Up Ecosystem and he has participated in several International Defence & Civilian conferences. In 2020, he won the PMI Young Professional Award as best of the best globally for excellence in Project Management.

He has graduated from the Hellenic Military Academy of Athens. He holds an Executive MSc in Logistics & SCM from Cranfield School of Management (UK) with a scholarship from Onassis Foundation & an MBA from Frederick University (CY). He is committed to professional development which is evidenced by his recent working accreditations of CMILT, MCIPS (Chartered Procurement Professional), European Senior  Logistician (cESLog) & Risk Management Professional Certification (PMI/USA). Active conference speaker & guest lecturer at business schools and universities.




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Type of category: PMI Toronto Monthly Meeting

Type of activity: Business Acumen

Date: December 14th, 2022

Hour: 6:30PM to 8:00PM

# of PDUs: 1



Non-Members & Guests: $15.00