Startup Week Louisville 2021 Startup Week Louisville 2021
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Corporate Intrepreneurship: Driving Innovation through Partnerships with Industry Startups


Dan Robbins
Provi, Senior Director, Commercial Analytics & Data Strategy

Dan Robbins is currently Senior Director, Commercial Analytics & Data Strategy at Provi, where he is responsible for leading the organization’s commercial insights platforms and data products. 

Prior to joining Provi, Dan spent several years at Brown-Forman, one of the world’s largest beverage alcohol suppliers. During his time at Brown-Forman, Dan was responsible for building and scaling a best- in-class data science and advanced analytics organization. Specifically, Dan led the organizational vision and analytics talent recruitment strategy, growing the team three-fold over the course of a six-year period.

Dan has a passion for data analytics and data-driven storytelling, with a particular focus on how organizations can think innovatively, leveraging strategic data acquisition, tools, and analytical capabilities to produce nuanced insights that strengthen profitability. 

Prior to his time in the beverage alcohol industry, Dan worked as a data scientist at a Fortune 50 healthcare insurance company and spent several years in management consulting within the healthcare sector.

Dan received his BA in International Economics & French from the University of Kentucky, along with an MPP in Public Policy from Vanderbilt University, and an MS in Economics from Johns Hopkins University.

Eric Bickel
Papa John's International, Director of Data Science

Eric Bickel is currently Director, Data Science at Papa John’s, where he is responsible for leading the development of the organization’s data science assets and products to support marketing, product development, and pricing recommendations. Eric’s passion is in a pragmatic approach to data science, with a strong focus on developing valuable assets for the business. Creativity and innovation are tools at the core of every development for his team.

Eric received his BS in Economics from the University of Louisville.


During this session, Dan Robbins and Eric Bickel will discuss their experiences in developing and honing an organization’s analytics capabilities through investing in an industry’s startup community. Specifically, they will speak to the role of educating and influencing leaders within an organization to embrace and develop trust in new ideas, new sources of information, and new technologies within the industry, with a particular focus on startups with disruptive potential.