Innovation Accelerator

Validate your new business ideas and develop sustainable business models at start-up speed.

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What is an innovation accelerator?

An accelerator is a program to de-risk your innovation.

You’ll develop, test, and grow new business ideas in a sandbox environment. Teams collaborate virtually following a structured approach designed to bring new products or services to market at start-up speed.

We’ve organized hundreds of corporate accelerators and no two are alike. Our experts tailor each program for our clients depending on their business objectives. 


Why run an innovation accelerator?

Business impact

Accelerate key strategic projects and validate which will drive business growth. 

Customer insights

Uncover insights and the purchasing behaviors of your current market and new markets to grow into.

Capability building

Build the foundational capabilities on your team to run end-to-end innovation projects.

Board of Innovation helped us run a virtual accelerator to quickly test and validate new business ideas. Their structured process and hands-on support allowed us to make some evidence based decisions and launch a number of new projects that we believe will generate significant business impact.
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How it works

The Accelerator Journey

1. Scope the challenge and set up the team for success

  • Define a clear business challenge
  • Size the market opportunity
  • Set-up a multi-disciplenary team
  • Allign on investment criteria with internal stakeholders

2. Explore and validate the customer problem

  • Define segments & personas
  • Map current state customer journey
  • Design a stakeholder & ecosystem map
  • Validate problem hypotheses

3. Prototype and test multiple solutions

  • Explore existing solutions
  • Ideate different approaches
  • Map future state customer journey
  • Prototype and test selected concepts with customers

4. Define and test a sustainable business model

  • Map different business models and revenue streams
  • Develop a ball-park business case
  • Validate key viability hypotheses with customers 

5. Build a go-to-market plan

  • Synthesise all learnings in a compelling storyline
  • Build an actionable go-to-market plan 
  • Secure necessary investment from internal stakeholders

More info?

Get a detailed journey map tailored to your business concept.

A remote first approach

Leveraging digital collaboration tools

We work with clients and teams all around the world and have extensive experience at facilitating virtual accelerators on a variety of tools and platforms.

Client cases

Engie: 3 new ventures & an invigorated innovation strategy

From innovation strategy to corporate accelerators: 360° innovation support for Engie.

32 new business models for Valmet

Securing new profitable innovation growth whilst developing an intrapreneurial innovation culture and mindset.

2 business concepts funded by Unilin

A story of intrapreneurship, talent management, innovation, and technology.

Discover more about our approach

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Business design playbook

The complete guide to develop, test, and grow new business ideas in as little as a few months, with all the tools you'll need to do it.