20 questions to ask when validating your business idea

Tom De MoorInnovation, Innovation Management

A part of our innovation workshop is idea validation User validation can be categorized into 2 different points of view: problem validation and solution validation. It’s important that you avoid confirmation bias. You must look for the deep-rooted problem of a user instead of pitching your idea. It is all about listening. Do not expect them to reinvent the future … Read More

The 4 most useless people to have in your innovation project

Nick De MeyInnovation Management

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 as a company.” To develop a new product or services you decide to launch an innovation accelerator. The people you invite to your brainstorms & workshops are of course carefully selected. But still we see … Read More

Guide to market-fit for new material or technology

Arne Van BalenBoard Of Innovation, Business Prototyping, Innovate like a startup, Innovation Management, Other-industries, Resources

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 the paper industry (Symbio by Sappi). The idea was to launch plastic materials that were forest-based. At the time, our team had no market knowledge, no relevant network established in the marketplace, and no direct clients … Read More

The tools we used in our Innovation & Creativity training for PPG

Yves CreemersBoard Of Innovation, Innovation

Recently, me and my colleague Vincent facilitated a 2 day ‘Innovation & Creativity training’ for graduates of PPG, world’s leading coatings company (+46.000 employees, 15.4 Billion turnover). The overall goal of this training was to teach & inspire young graduates with the right techniques & knowledge to come up with creative solutions for challenges they face within PPG. This blogpost will guide … Read More

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

Arne Van BalenBoard Of Innovation, Intrapreneurship

For one or the projects we’ve been involved in lately, one of our challenges was to find the right intrapreneur to take the lead in an ongoing innovation project. When I say that “finding a qualified intrapreneur with the right fit for a corporate innovation project is very hard”, that’s an understatement. There are so many criteria you have to … Read More

10 inspiring facts to rethink your business in 2016

Simon De RuyterDaily Inspiration

First of all, Board of Innovation wishes you a happy and especially innovative 2016! If becoming more innovative is on your company’s 2016 resolution list, this selection of 10 inspiring facts and questions will definitely help you out. By the way, if being more innovative is not on your company’s priority list, it definitely should be ;)! Need more inspiration? … Read More

The perfect intrapreneur: a skillset

Yannick KhayatiBoard Of Innovation, Innovation, Intrapreneurship

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 saving the future of the company’? Can you just grab an entrepreneur, wrap him in a suit and put him in a corporate environment? Great guess, that won’t work in most cases, therefore I’ve made … Read More

7 top-notch books on innovation

Yves CreemersBoard Of Innovation, Daily Inspiration

(3 minute read) 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 pages a day. To find your way through this overload of information we collected some golden nuggets for you. The result is a list of 7 top-notch books on innovation. 1 The Innovator’s Dilemma – by Clayton … Read More

Ignore focus groups: a guide to do your own customer validation

Nick De MeyIntrapreneurship

When working with corporate teams I regularly face discussions on when and how to do customer research. For many managers talking to potential new customers is completely out of their comfort zone. I am convinced this is not with bad intentions as managers in large enterprise are mainly working in 3 modes: Do nothing (Talking to customers is the responsibility of someone else, other … Read More

The tools & templates used in a 3 day ideation brainstorm. (Part 1)

Nick De MeyIdeation

Recently I guided a 3 day ideation brainstorm for NGA HR at their HQ in London. This is the first 3-day workshop of 2 sessions to explore & develop new opportunities for this global HR service provider. (+8500 employees, +$850M turnover). In this post I’ll describe what tools we used to end up with a first selection of 13 concepts. Of course … Read More

Women in Innovation: We need more!

Simon De RuyterBoard Of Innovation, Jobs, Team

Working at Board of Innovation I have been wondering why our team mostly consists out of men. At first I thought it might have had something to do with the type of work we do, that women are under-represented in the world of innovation. However, by openly questioning this on LinkedIn, I soon realized we are doing things wrong ourselves… … Read More

How our guy Vincent applied ‘Lean Startup’ by launching his own startup

Yannick KhayatiBoard Of Innovation, Innovate like a startup

At Board of Innovation, our team values are very important. One of them all of us share, is an entrepreneurial spirit. One of our consultants Vincent is the absolute proof of that, he recently translated his entrepreneurial mindset in his own startup, Sir. Vincent has been working at Board of Innovation for almost a year now and he already did … Read More

How to design your own innovation accelerator: a checklist

Vincent PirenneBoard Of Innovation, Business Model Innovation, Innovate like a startup, Intrapreneurship

I decided to write a post to give you some insights on how we designed our latest accelerator program and what we learned from it. We recently finished an exciting dragons’ den of an innovation accelerator program for Owens-Illinois (O-I). O-I is the global market leader in the production of glass bottles (listed in the fortune 500). Fun-fact: Approximately one of every … Read More

Is your startup idea already taken? This graphic will tell you.

Yannick KhayatiBoard Of Innovation, Business Model Innovation, Daily Inspiration, Ideation, Innovate like a startup

How do cross-industry founders such as Elon Musk and Richard Branson manage to launch multi-billion-dollar companies one after the other in totally different industries? They are gifted with the talent to copy and remix between businesses: 1. Recognizing the success stories in one business. 2. Shaping these success stories into abstract business patterns. 3. Zooming in on another industry and translating the patterns … Read More