Boosting Engie’s innovation strategy

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


Giving focus to Engie’s innovation strategy.

Engie, known as GDF Suez prior to April 2015, is a French multinational electric utility company. Engie is a pioneer in nuclear energy in Europe with the development of the first pressurized water reactor built in Belgium. It’s one of the few players in the sector to develop expert skills in both upstream (engineering, purchasing, operation, maintenance) and downstream (waste management, dismantling) activities.

Engie takes on the challenge of the energy transition through its three businesses: electricity, natural gas, and energy services. To do so, Engie reached out to Board of innovation for support and to revamp its overall innovation approach. 

Very good management of the group. No ‘dead moments’, good balance between group work and inspiring presentations. Very intensive work & good tools. I never imagined we would reach such a result in just 2 days. The methodology also gives a feeling of ownership on the idea generated: these are all our ‘babies’. Gaetano Palermo, M&S E-Business, Engie


A long-term partnership for innovation strategy.

Board of Innovation supports both the global (FR) and the Benelux organization. Following on the new transition and transformation of the organization, Board of Innovation helped to give focus to Engie’s innovation strategy, engaged with the Engie intrapreneurs in different innovation programs and rolled-out an innovation accelerator.


A boost on innovation.

1. A focused innovation strategy 

To enhance Engie’s innovation strategy we helped them to give focus and come to a more structured and aligned innovation approach in a hands-on session. During this session we also focused on and looked for ways to update Engie’s innovation portfolio to make it match with their innovation strategy.

In this way, new initiatives were initiated and the activities within Engie’s innovation team were more aligned.

2. Inspiring innovation programs

We engaged with current and newly identified Engie intrapreneurs in several interactive deep-dives into the world of entrepreneurship using hands-on tools & cases.

In this way, we were able to scout and train +50 new intrapreneurs. These highly inspired people are now ready to accelerate Engie’s innovation strategy.

3. An innovation accelerator 

Lastly, we kickstarted a 6-month innovation accelerator within the organization to boost the creation and launch of totally new business ideas in strategic growth areas.

Three of the business ideas raised were taken the extra mile and resulted in 3 new ventures launched in 2018.

Get in touch

Inspired by this case and interested in setting up a similar collaboration?
Book a call with one of our experts!

Share this case

Share on linkedin
Share on facebook
Share on whatsapp
Share on email

Other cases

Transformation program for Proximus

Design thinking transformation program for Proximus, first telco in Belgium.

Redesigning the pension journey for AXA

Redesigning the pension journey for starters & the selling process for brokers.

Trend-based ideation for KLM

Facilitating the KLM’s Disruptive Field Day.

Corporate startup coaching for Vanderlande

Corporate startup coaching, from ideation to RedDot Design Award: Board of Innovation for Vanderlande.

Social innovation for Pepal

Scaling up and achieving sustainability of high-quality HIV prevention and treatment services in Myanmar.

Global innovation challenge for Unilin

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

Design sprint for Danone

Creating 8 novel concepts for the Chinese food & beverage market.

Accelerating product innovation for O-I

A journey from sticky notes to rapid prototyping, to real-world innovation.

Building internal capabilities for ING

Innovation transformation program, train-the-trainer tracks, and corporate accelerators: tailored initiatives to keep ING an innovation-driven company.

Design thinking & creativity for TD Bank

Boosting capabilities and techniques of TD's center of excellence.

Accelerating service innovation at ING

Discover how we built 2 new ventures with ING during a changing banking climate.

A design thinking mindset for Total

Hands-on training in design thinking for management and talents in Total.

How-to-startup coaching for Thomson Reuters

How-to-startup coaching for global intrapreneurs in Thomson Reuters.

Digital innovation strategy for Roche

Drawing a joint digital innovation strategy for Roche.

Ideation bootcamp for ABInBev

Ideation brainstorms and co-creation workshops for ABInBev.

B2B Co-creation for Valmet

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

Let's get in touch!