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Launch of healthcare innovations – the tactics and validations you need

We guide you on how you can launch your healthcare innovations with campaigns and validation tactics. The successful launch of a healthcare innovation is founded …

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Slow Innovation: decelerating in a high-speed world

Speed has long been seen as a trademark of innovative companies – maybe it’s time for a different approach; see how slow innovation can help …

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Managing incentives and influencers to set your health innovation up for success

We guide you to set up your healthcare innovation for success, considering the new dynamics of stakeholders and influencers.

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Overcoming the barriers preventing you from validating your healthcare innovation

The barriers preventing you from doing healthcare validation and 3 ways to tackle them.

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5 cultural shifts fashion brands have to pioneer

Pick 1 of these Fashion trends to accelerate past the basics in 2021.

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Why Fashion Brands Don’t Understand Biomimicry

(and three shifts they’re missing)

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3 Ways to Align with Ethical Values and Accelerate Your Brand

Hand-curated takeaways to prove your worth in ethical consumption, utility, and sustainability

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6 tips to optimize your DTC subscription business model

We’ll zoom in on 6 areas of your DTC subscription business model and give concrete tips to avoid the most common blind spots.

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Why is no one doing what works?

Go for global impact by not making the same mistakes over and over again! Here are our learnings on how to scale your innovation initiatives.

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How to hit the innovation sweet spot and why it’s not all that straightforward

Learn about the four key factors of brilliant innovation – and the balancing act to combine them. Here are some hands-on tips and tricks.

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The 5 biggest sustainability challenges our clients currently face

Sustainability goals and Circular Economy targets are a recurring theme in large corporates’ strategic priorities. But what are the most common pain points they face in the process? Read all about it.

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Business Models explained: How sustainability-focused start-ups make money

Focusing your business model on sustainability or the circular economy should not necessarily mean making your venture non-profit. To get you started, we have listed several monetization techniques used by different businesses.

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Big Brands, Big (Circular) Bang?

Product re-use models are on the rise in the circular economy. Check out how big brands like Ikea, Zalando, and H&M are putting in the effort.

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Digital validation: a crucial part of rapid testing in business design

Learn how you can digitally validate the desirability and viability of your new product or service. (📚BONUS: a downloadable sample experimentation plan)

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Measuring the impact of your circular strategy

Learn what circular impact means and how you can measure it for your business! It’s important to translate your strategy into tangible KPIs and measurable targets.

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The life science innovation landscape

Don’t fall into the trap of calling something innovative just because it is expensive and new. Map your innovation initiatives, discuss and reflect.

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The only two things that matter to get clients to adopt sustainable products

As part of our series on the Circular Economy, we will look at the two most important factors to drive consumer change. (Hint: the price has nothing to do with it.)

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Experiments & pivots that kept Emirates Airlines alive in COVID times

Adaptability is key in crisis times. When looking at the different industries impacted most by the current pandemic, you will be able to spot several players that are showing more agility than others. Since the start of our Low Touch Economy series, we’ve kept a close eye on the airline business. Within this field, Emirates Airlines seems to stand out. Let’s have a closer look!

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Examples of innovations that make us question the 3 horizons model

The 3 horizons model highlights and categorizes time-based future growth opportunities, helping you to organize grand innovation plans into shorter steps.

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Innovation gaps between the real world and the virtual world in the time of quarantine

It’s been 6 months since the majority of the world came to a halt, shuttering businesses, and forcing many to move from the boardroom to the game room. But the tech world never slowed down. So why haven’t we seen any clear advancements to improve our “virtual” quality of life?

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Examples to create value in the circular economy (Cases)

Have a look at different ways to create value in the circular economy. The examples shown in this article are based on our own client cases.

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B2B vs B2C: A very different circular business model challenge

The success in adopting a circular business model (CBM) varies greatly from one business to another, as it depends on the stakeholders and customers-alike buying in, every step of the way. This article looks at factors that can potentially challenge B2C and B2B in specific use cases; of which the findings may be used to identify hangups and important areas of focus for future CBM strategies.

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Why care about circular business models even if sustainability is not a top priority?

Sustainability shouldn’t be the only reason to redesign your business model. Here are 6 other reasons why you might pursue the circular economy.

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How do I make a circular economy business model?

From pre-production to post-consumption, circular business models are the future of the globalized economy. We’ve listed three principles you need to follow when creating a circular business model.

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10 circular business model examples

Circular economy business models come in all shapes and sizes, depending on where they occur in the value chain. This diversity is what makes a circular economy dynamic and genuinely circular. This section describes some circular business model examples we think are great.

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Broadcast industry lessons in the time of coronavirus

When the Coronavirus pandemic forced many entertainment and broadcasting agencies to suspend operations, they were pushed to innovate on the fly. We spoke with Stijn Lehaen, CTO of VRT, to find out the challenges his team overcame, the limits of current technology, and the long-term impact this will have on the industry.

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Building trust and personal connections in the Low Touch Economy

The last few months were not easy for any professional who, in normal times, relies on being close with their customer. E.g. Sales representatives, fundraisers, recruiters… and still are, reinventing how to do business. We collected plenty of feedback from different industries. The following list can give some inspiration on how to create more valuable interactions.

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Shifts in the retail pharmacy ecosystem

We mapped the retail pharmacy ecosystem in the US and identified opportunities new players are leveraging to challenge incumbents. We’ll discuss three trends that already have an impact.

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The price of a cheap supply chain. Are you willing to take the risk?

While logistics innovations have enabled companies to build global supply chains that allow them to operate wherever and however they want, the Covid19 outbreak has exposed risks that most companies were neither aware of nor prepared for. A better trade-off between costs and risks is needed to ensure the resilience of global supply chains and with it the stability of the world economy.

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Moving for work might be a thing of the past with HR-tech enabled virtual immigration

The uptick in working from home is eliminating the need for long commutes, suits, and visas, says HR-tech and virtual-immigration expert Anita Lettink.

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Top 50 leaderboard: Who is winning in the Low Touch Economy

Our researchers and strategists hand-picked 50 ‘Low Touch winners’ – companies that are already flourishing in this challenging new climate.

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What you can learn from history about innovating during a crisis

The companies that grew the most during the 2008 financial crisis were those that invested in innovation. Is that true always? Here are some of our suggestions for your strategy based on information from previous crises.

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How companies prioritized innovation during the crisis

To hunker down or branch out? We look at how large and small companies budgeted for innovation in the wake of Covid-19.

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New innovation opportunities in the insurance industry

Change is always accompanied by opportunity. Take a look at a couple of insurance-industry shifts that are being accelerated by the pandemic.

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In times of crisis, use jobs-to-be-done to spot new product ideas

How you can solve clients’ problems before they know they have them using the jobs-to-be-done framework.

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Scorecard: Ready to restart your business in the Low Touch Economy?

Find out what more you need to do to get your business through Covid-19’s aftershocks with the Low Touch Economy scorecard.

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Healthcare ecosystem mapping: A first step to shape your market

Read about why ecosystem mapping is a critical first step in developing an ecosystem strategy and get some actionable insights on how to go about it.

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Validate your launch excellence strategy

Read about how to plan your launch excellence strategy in a market where changes are accelerated and customer behaviors are still being established.

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How to create high-value customer interactions and win in the Low Touch Economy

All of the exit scenarios currently on the table take into account a slow and bumpy restart of the economy. Businesses of all sizes will …

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Business Model pivots in the Low Touch Economy

Plenty of companies are now shifting their focus. It’s remarkable how many entrepreneurs are already building a new Low Touch Economy to get our society …

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What is the Low Touch Economy?

How the Covid-19 crisis of 2020 is shaping a new generation of consumer behaviors.

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8 surprising benefits of remote workshops

Thinking about a remote session? From improved efficiency and faster experimentation to introvert bravery, here are a few reasons why a digital collaboration might be a great choice.

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5 ingenious innovations triggered by chaos

Do you see chaos as an opportunity for growth? It’s worth a try. Here are 5 innovations that were triggered by forced experimentation.

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3 questions all customer-centric leaders in healthcare need to ask their teams

Healthcare leaders: Are you challenging your teams to ensure they are building products that create real customer value? Find out.

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40 unsexy yet brilliant examples of innovation

Products and services don’t need to be sexy to work. Here are 40 boring yet impactful examples of innovation that prove it.

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50 social impact innovations that might save the world

From artificial car sounds that encourage plant growth to carbon-negative Fortune 500s, here are the most exciting social responsibility trends right now.

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Healthcare trends that are shaping 2020

We discuss the trends that will overhaul the healthcare industry in 2020. While data sharing, 5G, supply chain & logistics, and AI will be big, consumer behavior will make all the difference.

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Virtual power plants (VPP) & the decentralization of the energy industry

Learn about how VPPs are contributing to the decentralization of the energy industry and take a closer look at the business model of leading European operator, Next Kraftwerke.

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He-Man can teach you powerful lessons about how to successfully manage continuous innovation

The whiplash journey of Mattel’s beloved kids’ toy range perfectly sums up the fundamentals and key challenges of managing continuous, successful corporate innovation.

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How asset-light business models in the energy industry empower consumers

The decentralization of the energy industry has led to the birth of new companies with asset-light business models, such as Power2U.

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7 challenges innovation managers face in 2020

Discover the challenges faced by many of the innovation managers we spoke to at Innovation Roundtable Summit 2019, and find tips for overcoming them.

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Visiting the boiling point of innovation in Russia

The story of our first trip to Moscow for a project with GenerationS, a pioneer of cross-industry innovation acceleration in Russia.

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How to create an innovation strategy that translates to the operational team level

Say no to innovation theatre! Create an actionable innovation strategy in 5 days that translates down to the operational team level and drives results.

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What is the 3 horizons model & how can you use it?

A simple explanation (finally) of what the 3 horizons model is, what it isn’t, and how you can use it to manage your organization’s growth strategy.

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Can a designer sustainably transform the world?

Watch senior innovation consultant Kevin Shahbazi’s talk on circular business design at TU Delft’s Symposium: Impact (or skim his key points).

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How I used Board of Innovation’s tactics to launch a startup

Former innovation consultant Zygi Krupskis talks about how he used what he learned working here to co-found the startup, Persy Booths.

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Has your business model concept truly been validated?

Judging by what we’ve heard from many here at Innovation Roundtable Summit 2019, it seems the answer is: probably not. Find out how you can enhance your validation efforts and de-risk your business model prototype.

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20 sustainable packaging innovations

A list of innovative packaging solutions designed to reduce environmental impact and meet customer demand for sustainable, eco-friendly options.

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5 innovation program pitfalls & how to avoid them

Give your long-term innovation program the best chance of success by avoiding common mistakes, such as strategic misalignment and hiring uniform teams.

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How Revolut delivers a great customer experience

8 ways challenger bank Revolut makes banking seamless for customers with their UX-optimized, digital-only services. No, this post isn’t sponsored.

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Future-proof your organization with biomimicry thinking

Why nature is an untapped resource that innovators could use to inspire the next sustainable, successful, disruptive business idea.

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40 food innovations you should know about

A list of food innovations, including examples of clever products, processes, services, and technologies, that will shape the way we eat in 2020.

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The end of Agile? No, quite the opposite

For us, Agile still operates very well at the end of the innovation process – where it needs to be.

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How to test whether your innovation strategy is socially responsible

Design an innovation strategy that takes sustainability, social impact, and integrity into account using our new tool and revised innovation sweet spot.

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Insurance technology trends that are shaping 2020

Read about the key challenges faced by insurance innovators as we discuss 5 trends that have been impacting the industry: AI, blockchain, digitization, personalization and data, as well as hiring and retaining technically skilled talent.

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Building an innovative office with our spirit front and center

When we decided to change our headquarters in Antwerp, we wanted it to be an innovative office and have our spirit front and center. We …

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How a Summer Office benefits our company

For the second year running, our whole team packed up their Sharpies and Moleskines and ventured to the South of France for our temporary summer …

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10 innovative startups in the insurance industry

Examples of clever things new insurance businesses are doing to overcome long-standing pain points, delight customers, and generate new revenue streams.

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Let’s speak the same innovation language

We’ve created two new resources to help you understand and explain what key innovation terms mean. Use our Innovation Glossary and Innovation Taboo game to interpret complicated themes and find jargon-free ways to break them down for interdisciplinary teams.

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8 books every innovation pro should read

A few years ago, we published a list of 7 top-notch books on innovation. Since then, sequels have been released and our field has evolved, …

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26 ways to generate new revenue for B2C companies

Discover what startups are doing to make money. Borrow ideas and use them to challenge your revenue model and identify new revenue streams.

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What co-founding a startup taught me

Learn from innovation consultant Daphne Fecheyr-Lippens’ experience. She shares 7 things you should remember when launching a startup.

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12 ways people trick algorithms for personal
 gain

How users outsmart Amazon, Spotify, Uber, and Facebook’s algorithms to increase profits and boost exposure. That’s right! The machines aren’t winning yet.

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Digital tools that will help you make blockbuster investment decisions

Go from gut-based to evidence-based decision making (with a little inspiration from the calculating gamblers in showbiz)! Read on to discover venture capital tools and algorithms designed to de-risk new business investments.

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5 Steps to create an international team of innovation catalysts

Create an international team of innovation catalysts in 5 steps

In early 2019, Cigna International engaged Board of Innovation to help accelerate their innovation capability by establishing a global innovation network. Not only did we recruit and build an international, cross-functional team of innovators, we kick-started their journey with a hands on, 3-month sprint. After being introduced to Design Thinking tools and encouraged to develop an innovation mindset, teams tackled one of Cigna’s critical business challenges.

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Empathy 2.0 series: AI technologies you can start using today!

In the second part of our Empathy 2.0 series we’re exploring what’s next in tech-driven methods for empathy. We look at workflow automation solutions!

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A virtual consultant is born!

Our consultants move heaven and earth to help businesses innovate in a relevant and meaningful way. But how do we keep raising the bar even …

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Why scoping helps move innovation projects forward

The scoping canvas is the best tool to help teams come up with a project briefing before beginning an innovation program.

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Empathy 2.0 series: How biometrics can help you understand your customers

In the first part of our series exploring what’s next in empathy and design-thinking methods, we look at how the latest cognitive research technologies offer new insights into users’ minds.

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Innovationstack.io: our favorite InnoTech tools

Curious to find out what this new buzzword “InnoTech” is? We’ll guide you through what it is, show you our favorite four InnoTech tools – …

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How to predict the future success of new products?

Use the ‘Value Disc’ to predict the future success of new products. Making long term predictions is hard, but we’ll teach you to make reasonable estimates.

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5 innovative ways to hack your business model

Innovation is often associated with the creation of new products and services. However, this type of innovation fails to provide the highest return on investment. Take a look at these 5 unique business models and learn why innovating your business model is a great investment.

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Confessions of a newcomer

In a few short weeks since my arrival at Board of Innovation, I’ve learned that this is a workplace culture that is exceptionally good at nurturing the full potential of its staff.

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Laws in the driverless future: what to expect

The future of mobility is a much-discussed topic as the automotive industry races to get to Level 5 automation (no driver required). But a somewhat less-discussed issue around autonomous vehicles is how governments will shape public policy once cars become 100% hands-free.

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How to pick the best pitch: a tool for executives

We’ve created a new tool so that the executive panel evaluates ideas based on the best criteria, and pitching teams have a cheat sheet to prepare.

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How to assess your company’s level of innovation

An innovation audit of your organization is the first place to start when renewing your innovation strategy. Here’s how we carry out our innovation assessment to measure your success.

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10 innovative FinTech business models

From opening accounts to insurance underwriting and credit profiling, FinTech startups are piggybacking on the various services of traditional banks and flipping the conventional business models in the financial industry.

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7 examples of how companies can gain from customer insights

Empathy interviews and market research are all well and good. But it’s really when you walk a mile in your customer’s shoes that you strike gold. Here are some examples of how companies can and have gained from investing in more than just face time with their customer.

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How not to fall in love with your prototype

Prototypes are disposable. Build it just good enough to learn, frame and test user behaviours, and move on. Here’s what most people get wrong about prototyping, and our advice and tips on how to get it right.

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Building the future of innovation through tech

We’re using the most cutting-edge technology to innovate innovation. Here’s how we’re embracing machine learning, one digital tool at a time.

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3 common innovation workshop problems and why they matter

As an innovator, you’ve learned to love — and even seek out — customer problems. But what about problems with innovation workshops themselves?

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Orange Fab startup accelerator: one year later

One year ago, Orange Belgium launched its first “Orange Fab” with Board of Innovation’s help. Part of an international network of customized accelerators, the 3-month program offered startups a chance to test their business on the Belgian and Luxembourgish markets.

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Become a guinea pig for our new foresight agency

The founder of Board of Innovation has launched a new foresight agency. Join our experiment to build the future.

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Executive pitch do’s and don’ts

We believe that the best business idea should result in stakeholder buy-in. If the pitch is right, and the solution is validated and the business case makes sense, there’s no reason why it shouldn’t. But this isn’t always the way it goes. That’s why we’re sharing our know-how so that the jury’s only choice is to say yes.

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15 Insights from Innov8rs Miami

15 insights from Innov8rs Miami

I’m sharing 15 insights from the Innov8rs Miami conference based on my panel discussion with innovators from P&G, DB Schenker, the US Army, Itau Unibanco & GE.

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Microinsurance in Rwanda: Problem fit before profit

Board of Innovation’s social initiative team travelled to Rwanda to help microinsurance companies come up with a human-centered solution for those who don’t qualify for traditional insurance plans.

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How to run a corporate innovation accelerator

Have you been thinking about running a corporate accelerator to boost innovation capabilities at your company? This might help you make your decision.

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First we take Manhattan…

It’s time we got square. We’re expanding our international presence, one city at a time. First stop: New York City. Here’s how we plan to get down to innovation business in the City that Never Sleeps.

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Self-steering organization: 6 mistakes we made

We recently shared an article about Board of Innovation’s journey towards working in self-governing teams. We call them circles. They operate as entrepreneurial mini-companies within …

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3 ways to kill a business on paper

If you can’t make it work on paper, it’s going to be freaking difficult to make it work in real life. Paul Graham (start-up guru, …

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B2B Co-creation: 50 key learnings and insights

Learn to co-create strategic corporate partnerships to build innovative win-wins for greater B2B business impact. We’re sharing our key insights in this blog post.

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Why Belgium is an innovation hotspot

Belgium is a high magnetic forcefield when it comes to attracting innovation talent. Innovation touches almost every sector of this small northern European country, from …

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How to maintain a self-steering culture while scaling up

Why we did it. When it became clear in October 2017 that the time had come for Board of Innovation to move up in the …

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How to do a 180° in your customer service approach using Design Thinking

Turning a company’s way of working upside down Proximus has a long history of starting projects this way: begin with a product or communication campaign, …

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User research vs. market research: the lowdown

What is design research? A collection of activities that seek insight into user behaviour, goals and needs. The end goal is resolving these through design. …

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Hiring intrapreneurs: A practical guide with examples

If you go on a corporate safari, one of the hardest employee animals to find is the intrapreneur. Find out how to spot intrapreneurs at your company (and in the wild) and nourish them with creative freedom.

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Fortune (500) teller: Hedging our bets on the future

We’ve gazed into our innovation crystal ball and peered into the (fore)shadows to see what’s on the horizon. Here’s our 2019 Future scan tool, rolled out like a red carpet to the future.

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Back to the Future: A Retrospective of our Future Scan tool

Perhaps we’re becoming nostalgic about the past-future, or the future-past, but… We dusted off our innovation predictions from 2015 to see what we could learn …

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The yearly pulse check of healthcare innovation

the yearly pulse of healthcare innovation Here are the results of the checkup and our prognosis of the future. Healthcare is one of the industries …

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Brussels Airport holds an Innovation Challenge to improve passenger experience

Employees at Brussels Airport help passengers’ airport experience take off through a customer-centric ideas contest.

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How to shape your innovation strategy in only 5 days

How to shape your innovation strategy in only 5 days

Go from the blank page on Day One to multiple innovation blueprints on Day Five.

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How an innovation strategy sprint speeds up the entire process

Introducing the Innovation Strategy Sprint: a 1-week, fast, high-energy board session that helps co-design an innovation blueprint. Go from one year to one week.

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The most frustrating aspect of chatbots? They talk back

You know that feeling? You talk to your friend about buying something. A few hours later you get an ad on Facebook for that product.  In …

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The 4 types of innovators: hunters, builders, explorers, and experimenters

Board of Innovation helps companies stay ahead of the curve. Over the past years, we’ve supported many leading organizations like GE, Philips, ING, and AB-Inbev …

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21 projects in 21 months: the numbers behind an innovation consultant’s life

I just wrapped up my 21st project in the span of 21 months!   And still, it’s really tricky to explain what I do.* To help answer …

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Discovering customer insights: how-to, tools, tips & tricks

For those aware of design thinking, one of the most powerful aspects of this method is to come up with mini revelations about your user …

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We moved our office to a French castle. Did it work?

How it all started … In January 2018, I walked into the office at 8 AM still recovering from an early-morning bike ride. After grabbing …

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How we built a feedback culture with tacos, burgers and sushi

Before joining Board of Innovation as a People & Culture Lead six months ago, I had already been working in the domain of ‘Human Resources’ …

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Shifting gears between design thinking, lean startup, and agile

Adventurous as the word innovation may sound, an innovation consultant’s job consists for a large part in de-risking the innovation process. In order for innovation …

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From idea to RedDot Design Award in 6 months

All innovations need to start somewhere. You might have many good ideas. However, being innovative is about taking the next step and realizing those ideas.  What …

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Startup Investment Guide: 10 steps to assess whether a venture is suitable for investment

If you’re here, it means that your company is probably interested in investing in one or more startups.  Prior to making an investment decision, we …

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I quit my job at Google — you can quit yours, too

“You’ve got a lot of balls” – Some stranger on a plane After working at Google for 7 years, I left Silicon Valley to move …

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Our rebranding: a fresh skin & updated missions

The journey of our rebranding took quite some energy and time, but we can finally implement our new identity. After 8 years with the same …

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Why I hate Board of Innovation (and why I love it)

‘So what do you do?’ ‘I’m an Innovation Consultant at Board of Innovation’ ‘Oh… and what does that mean?’ ‘I help corporates to innovate’ ‘Rather …

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Hack: Organize a design sprint

A relevant problem, hundreds of (good) ideas to solve it, a prototype, a validation of the prototype through user testing. All of this in only …

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A week in the life of an innovation consultant

What’s it like to be an innovation consultant at Board of Innovation? Find out from one of our consultants who captured week-long snapshots of her …

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All you need to know about ideation

Last week we hosted our ideation webinar. During this ideation deep dive Nick Bogaert shared insights about how to organize and facilitate your own ideation …

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Everyone should (and can) be a paper prototyper – 10 reasons why

When we sketched down a list of our 10 favorite tools for digital prototyping, based on the experience of 2 years of prototyping sessions with …

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5 ways to improve your customer journey

Today, every innovation-driven and customer-oriented organization makes use of customer journey maps to visualize several journeys and to ultimately improve the customer experience. The reason …

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When structuring innovation: focus on business or mindset?

Accelerating internal innovation involves a combination of building capabilities and mindsets as well as developing tangible outputs in the process. So, when organizations seek to …

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Mic drop: Fre’s marketing internship

We wanted to write a blogpost about our internal culture @ Board of Innovation and the way we’ve transitioned to a self-steering organization. It looks like …

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4 golden rules of ideation

4 Rules that will help you ideate like an expert!

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10 top skills of the best Transformation Leaders

10 top skills of the best transformation leaders

Innovation transformation requires multi-faceted talents who can combine a profound understanding of big-size organizations, with a rebel spirit and a drive for change. We summarized …

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Nobody likes pizza – we just like the way it solves our job to be done

You may be used to customer segments based on demographics or buyer characteristics. 18-25 and 25-35, male and female, with or without a university degree. …

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2018 Trends: read, then what?

How many 2018 trends articles have you saved for later – but not read? How many times have such articles inspired you about the future …

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These 3 kinds of users know perfectly what they want – just ask them

Lean Startup theory wants you to formulate a hypothesis, and Build, Measure, Learn from it. But does the process of listening to customers “start” soon …

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2017 Reflecting on the year that was

“Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action.” Peter Drucker While this seems simple enough, it is …

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Capture your whole innovation strategy on 1 sheet of paper

Often times, information about innovation strategy is unreadable, packed into a 30-page DOC documents, or explained in such a way that it gives you a …

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Insights from Myanmar: 3 key lessons for (social) entrepreneurship

Let me start by introducing myself: I’m Anneleen Vanhoudt. Throughout my professional career, I have repeatedly been asked: Isn’t Design Thinking just common sense? What …

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How to hire an innovation manager

Definition & job description First of all, who is an innovation manager? By comparing multiple vacancies, job titles, and buzzwords, we’ve come up with the …

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Why I knew I was right for a job that didn’t exist yet (and how I got it)

Ugh, today. You need to fit in. You need a degree in something respectable. You need to have a good job. Also respectable. Or you …

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16 Cognitives biases

16 cognitive biases that can kill your decision making

The purpose of this article is to discuss several key cognitive biases and their effects on decision making within strategic innovation management as well as …

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The Innovation Matrix – A tool to define the Innovation Strategy that best fits your company

Over the past 9 years, Board of Innovation has supported many large organizations in designing and executing a wide range of innovation initiatives. Now, navigating …

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When to apply Lean Startup and/or Design Thinking

Design Thinking and Lean Startup have become a part of any innovation enthusiast’s jargon. These relatively new methodologies are being used by corporates as well …

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How to make money with an app (and other business model ideas to explore)

This post is a summary of the keynote presentation Nick De Mey did at the European Innovation Academy.  Since we launched our consultancy years ago, …

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9 Sentences That Prove That Your Innovation Programme is Failing

9 Indicators That Prove That Your Corporate Innovation Program is Failing

Most of the Corporate Innovation Programs don’t reach a breakeven. On the basis of our experience with corporate clients, we collected 9 indicators that signal …

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The 9 biggest challenges for corporates to implement lean startup

The 9 biggest challenges for corporates to implement lean startup

This post is written for innovation managers & corporate lean startup coaches. For basic descriptions of the terms MVP or intrapreneurship, look elsewhere. Here are …

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Looking for new innovation podcasts to try? Here are 13 great picks.

Nowadays, in order to keep track on what’s going on in the world, people go for what’s more convenient and cheap as well as for …

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Innovation reality check: are you building a ‘field of dreams’?

As we all know, pursuing innovation is an incredibly fraught and risky process that frequently lays waste to vast amounts of time, effort, money and …

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3 top-notch tips for customer loyalty

The relevancy of loyalty programs is being challenged by a new generation of millennials who expect brands not just to deliver great products and services, …

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8 Fluffy buzzwords you should never use in your corporate innovation brainstorm

As an innovation consultant at Board of Innovation, I’ve guided my share ideation sessions by now. The results that come out of these sessions can …

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100+ sources that every innovation professional should know

When meeting an investor or customer, the slides won’t present themselves, so you better learn how to communicate effectively! These great sources will help you …

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A genuine thank you to our founders

Our founders are awesomesauce! It’s rare to find someone you can be truly inspired by. Someone that you can learn from on a daily basis. …

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How is innovation accounting monitored in your organization?

Let’s get the importance of innovation out of the way to start with. It’s crucial to any company. Doesn’t matter if we are talking about …

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The ultimate gift guide to boost innovation in your company

The holiday season is coming, wondering which gift your boss / manager will give you this year? Or even better, you are in charge of …

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What is a business model innovation capability?

This article discusses the scope of an innovation capability and the perspective of top down and bottom up business model innovation. In a recent client …

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Wondering why your CV won’t survive the first round? Here are 5 tips

My personal experience Let’s start by being honest. I’m writing this article to make my own day more fun. Here at Board of Innovation, we …

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Interview: The life of an intrapreneur

We want to introduce you to a corporate startup that arose from one of our hackathons: Ella. We had an interview with Bart Pollentier, project lead of …

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10 Sources to step up your innovation game

Innovation involves research, and you need to be aware of what is happening around your business. In many cases, you can learn a lot from …

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Tips: how I structure business assumptions for a new innovation project

In the recent years, I probably discussed thousands of business assumptions with +100 corporate startup teams. In these discussions, I tend to focus on helping …

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Innovator skills: Your colleague can’t draw a bicycle

Of course, you can sketch a bike. Give it a try. 2 circles, a few lines & you should be done. I often ask participants …

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Business model innovation at the bottom of the pyramid

BMI for NGO’s in Southeast Asia I recently visited Myanmar to support a group of NGO’s and corporates in healthcare to innovate at the bottom …

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innovation in corporates

Why I left a big four to work for a small team of innovators

After 2 and a half years at a Big Four consultancy (digital, strategy and customer) I decided to make the jump to a small, young …

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Get inspired by these 4 TED talks on creativity in business

Creativity improves the process of solving problems. It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about developing a new product, a strategy or an innovative way to …

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+200 Predictions: 1 year later. What happened so far?

Last year we made a visual overview of +200 future predictions. This list is being used in our innovation workshops & training to inspire people. …

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The 4 most useless people to have in your innovation project

Let’s assume your innovation project has a clear purpose. Example: “You want to find new sources of revenue based on the existing assets you have …

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Guide to market-fit for new material or technology

Based on our experiences, we guide you through the six steps to turn new materials or technologies into first invoices. That experience grew when I joined a corporate startup in …

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Case: How we identified & selected the right intrapreneur for one of our latest corporate startup projects

For one of the projects we’ve been involved in lately, one of our challenges was to find the right intrapreneur to take the lead in …

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6 essential skills to be a disruptive intrapreneur

Intrapreneurship has become a hot topic, but who are these intrapreneurs? What makes them so special? Why are people saying that ‘intrapreneurs are the ones …

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Books

7 top-notch books on innovation

On Amazon, there are over 70.000 books on ‘Innovation’. That would take a normal human being 2.397 years to read at a pace of 20 …

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Hire a lean entrepreneur for one year. The story of Symbio

At Board of Innovation we love to share our learnings as soon as we finish an innovation project. Not so long ago we shared the …

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Ideation

The tools & templates used in a 3 day ideation brainstorm

Recently I guided a 3 day ideation brainstorm for Zellis (former NGA HR) at their HQ in London. This is the first 3-day workshop of 2 sessions …

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Guide

Jobs in innovation: our field guide

19 different innovation job titles available in some of the world’s largest organizations. Find out what people in these innovation roles actually do.

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Ideas

We came up with 30 ideas that big corporates should definitely implement

Last week we had some afterwork fun coming up with ideas which large companies should implement. At first it just seemed like a random ideation …

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This is how launching on Product Hunt for the first time, hammered our expectations

Last week, we launched our Business Model Kit to the Product Hunt community. It was the first time Nick and I launched a product on …

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Tools

How to get your innovation team going with less than $100 on tools a month?

Our experience tells us that many companies are in serious need of innovation, it’s even becoming a cliché. Startups are attacking existing and new markets …

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Retreat

Why many companies go on a retreat and why you should do this as well

Those who know Board of Innovation just a little might know that we’re all about getting people out of their comfort zone. With summer getting …

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I built this alternative to Digital Banking: PITA Payments. This is what I learned from my Prototype.

I’m working on a new service to rethink online banking. Before explaining my  experiment, I would like to ask 1 simple question: For me, checking …

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Hackathon

10 essential tips to nail your next hackathon

A hackathon is a gathering where people from various departments within a company collaboratively work towards a common goal over a short period of time. …

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Be inspired by the future: 5 of our favourite innovation triggers

At Board of Innovation we always try to grasp the future. That’s why we created a future scan with +200 triggers to spice up your …

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Quick-wins to find new profit for your company

Don’t try to be Google, Apple or Amazon. Be a smart follower When you need new revenue for your company, chances are that you don’t …

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Bar

What every start-up can learn from an empty bar in Antwerp

Since a couple of months a new bar opened up behind our office in Antwerp. In essence this a startup, a new venture in the …

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Skills

5 Must-have skills for intrapreneurs

Some people think that by tying a knot around an entrepreneur’s neck and making them commute daily to a fancy office building inhabited by 500+ …

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Prototype

How to prototype an app in 1 hour: meet POP

Business prototyping tools review – No business plan survives the first contact with the customer. During our business prototyping phase, we help our clients to …

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Habits

6 Daily habits for innovators

I’ve recently discovered the power of forming daily habits to reach my goals, and I’m keen to share my experience and thoughts to get some …

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Brainstorm

That awkward 4-o-clock moment in a brainstorm

Idea generation session are hard to set up. Many corporate people see brainstorms as 1h meetings where people can play with post-it notes. A quick …

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Sweetspot

How to find the sweet spot for your innovation project?

Business innovation projects need a different mindset You want to generate extra revenue for your business, right? But where do you start? Just tweaking your …

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Recorder

4 answers: What will the world look like when people record every second of their lives?

Working on several industry-changing client projects, diving into new trend studies every week and following many Twitter streams every day I also try to live …

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Cardrops

We’re launching: Cardrops, world’s first e-commerce deliveries in your car

We’ll deliver e-commerce parcels straight in your car. That’s right! No more running to collection points, second time deliveries, waiting at home for your package …

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