Reading Time: 3 minutes 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.
Reading Time: 12 minutes The whiplash journey of Mattel’s beloved kids’ toy range perfectly sums up the fundamentals and key challenges of managing continuous, successful corporate innovation.
Reading Time: 3 minutes The decentralization of the energy industry has led to the birth of new companies with asset-light business models, such as Power2U.
Reading Time: 4 minutes The story of our first trip to Moscow for a project with GenerationS, a pioneer of cross-industry innovation acceleration in Russia.
Reading Time: 7 minutes Say no to innovation theatre! Create an actionable innovation strategy in 5 days that translates down to the operational team level and drives results.
Reading Time: 7 minutes 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.
Reading Time: 6 minutes Former innovation consultant Zygi Krupskis talks about how he used what he learned working here to co-found the startup, Persy Booths.
Reading Time: 2 minutes 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.
Reading Time: 6 minutes Why nature is an untapped resource that innovators could use to inspire the next sustainable, successful, disruptive business idea.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Design an innovation strategy that takes sustainability, social impact, and integrity into account using our new tool and revised innovation sweet spot.
Reading Time: 7 minutes 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.
Reading Time: 3 minutes 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.
Reading Time: 9 minutes 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.
Reading Time: 6 minutes 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.
Reading Time: 8 minutes 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!
Reading Time: 6 minutes The scoping canvas is the best tool to help teams come up with a project briefing before beginning an innovation program.
Reading Time: 8 minutes 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.
Reading Time: 7 minutes 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.
Reading Time: 6 minutes 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.
Reading Time: 5 minutes 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.
Reading Time: 5 minutes 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.
Reading Time: 6 minutes As an innovator, you’ve learned to love — and even seek out — customer problems. But what about problems with innovation workshops themselves?
Reading Time: 6 minutes 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.
Reading Time: 8 minutes 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.
Reading Time: 9 minutes 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.
Reading Time: 4 minutes 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
Reading Time: 3 minutes 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,
Reading Time: 5 minutes 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.
Reading Time: 7 minutes 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.
Reading Time: 4 minutes 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
Reading Time: 2 minutes Employees at Brussels Airport help passengers’ airport experience take off through a customer-centric ideas contest.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Go from the blank page on Day One to multiple innovation blueprints on Day Five.
Reading Time: 4 minutes 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.
Reading Time: 4 minutes 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
Reading Time: 7 minutes 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
Reading Time: 8 minutes 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
Reading Time: 6 minutes 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
Reading Time: 8 minutes 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
Reading Time: 5 minutes Before joining Board of Innovation as a People & Culture Lead six months ago, I had already been working in the domain of ‘Human Resources’
Reading Time: 7 minutes 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
Reading Time: 7 minutes 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
Reading Time: 5 minutes ‘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
Reading Time: 4 minutes 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
Reading Time: 2 minutes 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
Reading Time: 2 minutes 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.
Reading Time: 3 minutes 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
Reading Time: 2 minutes 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
Reading Time: 4 minutes 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
Reading Time: 9 minutes 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
Reading Time: 11 minutes 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
Reading Time: 6 minutes 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
Reading Time: 10 minutes 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,
Reading Time: 8 minutes This post is written for innovation managers & corporate lean startup coaches. For basic descriptions of the terms MVP or intrapreneurship, look elsewhere. Here are
Reading Time: 3 minutes 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
Reading Time: 6 minutes 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
Reading Time: 3 minutes 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
Reading Time: 13 minutes 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
Reading Time: 3 minutes 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
Reading Time: 5 minutes The holiday season is coming, wondering which gift your boss / manager will give you this year? Or even better, you are in charge of
Reading Time: 2 minutes 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
Reading Time: 3 minutes 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
Reading Time: 2 minutes Of course, you can sketch a bike. Give it a try. 2 circles, a few lines & you should be done. I often ask participants
Reading Time: 5 minutes 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
Reading Time: 3 minutes 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
Reading Time: < 1 minute 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
Reading Time: 3 minutes Last year we made a visual overview of +200 future predictions. This list is being used in our innovation workshops & training to inspire people.
Reading Time: 4 minutes 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
Reading Time: 4 minutes 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
Reading Time: 4 minutes 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
Reading Time: 3 minutes 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
Reading Time: 5 minutes 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
Reading Time: 5 minutes 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
Reading Time: 4 minutes 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
Reading Time: 3 minutes 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
Reading Time: 5 minutes 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
Reading Time: 4 minutes 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
Reading Time: 3 minutes 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
Reading Time: 3 minutes 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
Reading Time: 3 minutes 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
Reading Time: 2 minutes 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
Reading Time: 4 minutes 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
Reading Time: 2 minutes 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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