Corporate innovation accelerator.

Guiding in house startups from idea to executive pitch.

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Accelerating corporate innovation projects.

The biggest difference with shorter innovation programs (e.g. a hackathon) is the fact that you give teams the chance to structurally incorporate a new mindset and methodology to execute radically new ideas.

The goal of this corporate innovation accelerator program (or startup accelerator program) is to embrace innovation in a structural way within your business strategy. We help companies to create and support corporate venture teams (corporate startups) that are developing new business concepts outside of the core business, within a short period of time.

“Fantastic opportunity to learn how to think outside of the box, how to be innovative & find new business opportunities. Great experience & learnings taken from all the participants, from the project itself to how to present or how to prepare a pitch.”
Oscar Salvador, Segment Analyst, O-I Europe

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What to expect from an innovation accelerator?

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100+ business opportunities mapped

At the end of the corporate innovation accelerator, you will have explored 100+ new business opportunities: these form a unique map of strategic development areas for your organization.

3-5 executive investment opportunities

3-to-5 concepts (one per team) will have progressed from concept definition to validation, landing on an investment pitch (usually performed in front of the board of Executives of the organization).

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3-5 startup-like corporate teams

The duration and breadth of a corporate innovation accelerator allow the participants to immerse in the whole spectrum of startup best practices and methodologies. The result? Multi-disciplinary teams that think and act like startups, ready to bring new solutions to market.

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Clarity on innovation kpi's

Together we define 3-to-5 selection criteria, based on the innovation goals and scope of the accelerator. We make sure to include all relevant stakeholders in this process from the start. These criteria will give guidance to all participants of the accelerator.

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Long-term cultural transformation

A business accelerator program should focus on mid- to long-term opportunities (that is, creating sustainable internal innovation capabilities). In the Accelerators we run, we make sure that the long-term transformational goals don’t fall behind short-term business results.

Program overview

Accelerator journey format.

Timeline of a corporate innovation accelerator program

The typical process of a corporate innovation accelerator. 

A business accelerator program should focus on mid- to long-term opportunities. The long-term goals of an organization are generally more ‘high level’ in comparison to the shorter term objectives. To make sure the results of the accelerator meet the long-term goals, all relevant decision-makers should be aligned on what (not) to expect as a potential result.

Together we define 3 to 5 selection criteria, based on the innovation goals and scope of the accelerator, at the start of the program. It’s important to include all relevant stakeholders in this process from the start. These criteria will give guidance to all participants of the accelerator. Note: we prefer long-term growth over short-term profits.

At the end of the corporate innovation accelerator, you have explored 100+ new business opportunities and worked them down to 3-5 executive investment opportunities: moving into an adjacent market, experimenting with new business models or launching a new product or service. Multi-disciplinary teams that think and act like startups are ready to bring the new solution to market.

Based on our experience, we created an accelerator format that proves to be of value. The number of projects that receives investment after the accelerator track exceeds expectations and the journey is often repeated more than once.

Scenario for 3 to 5 teams (max 20 participants). 

Goal: tailor the program to your needs

Approach

  • Create & validate the fundamentals of a future-proof program
  • Asses the teams and ideas entering the accelerator
  • Scoping session with team and sponsor

Results

  • Clear scope / focus domains identified
  • Detailed accelerator program
  • Overview of key tools
  • Selection criteria
  • Guidelines for team coaching 

Goal: understand the problem

Approach

  • Customer journey mapping & persona mapping
  • Customer empathy methods
  • Environment scan & analogy thinking

Results

  • Defined customer opportunity segments
  • Problem definition and ‘how might we’ statement
  • Plan for exploration and validation
 
 
 
Goal: create concepts based on a validated problem Approach
  • Relevant inspiration & multiple ideation rounds
  • Idea selection
  • Concept development and prototype
  • Assumption mapping
Results
  • +100 non-obvious ideas
  • Clear concepts per team & tangible prototypes
  • Plan for validation of assumptions
Goal: build experiments Approach
  • Assumption mapping
  • Visualise value proposition
  • Make a digital prototype or presentation
Results
  • Experiments ready to be launched
Goal: create investment pitch
Approach
  • Eco-system mapping
  • Business model kit
  • Business model canvas
  • Pitching checklist  & pitch dry-run
Results
  • Investment pitches with a high success rate

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Corporate innovation accelerator.

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