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Empowering your internal
coaches to spread innovation
into your organization.


Building innovation capabilities in your organization.

Our innovation consultants can train your coaches in the full set of innovation tools & techniques we use in our innovation programs. Every train the trainer session is custom-made based on the maturity level of your own organization. 

We run train the trainer sessions with 3-25 people. Typical scenario: you need to train 20 people to give support in your own innovation accelerator, lab or bootcamp program. These people need to coach your internal start-up teams.

After this session, your internal coaches will receive all the templates & tools used during the program, and the different use cases of all the tools. Also, you’ll get tips on how to coach other people internally to use these techniques. What are the typical pitfalls? What are the typical questions people will have?

“The session was very useful. We acquired direct applicable knowledge. The feedback of my colleagues was also unanimously positive!”
Henk-Jan Engelhardt, Finance, Waag Society

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In-house network of innovation coaches

This program will provide your organization with 3-25 internal experts, so they can scale your innovation efforts & capabilities within your organization without our further support. 


A complete innovation toolkit

After this session, your internal coaches will receive all the templates & tools used during the program.


Hands-on experience on real business projects

We don’t waste time on endless theory. This program makes use of ongoing innovation projects as a gym to workout innovation capabilities.

Program overview

A 360 innovation training program for coaches.

The train the trainer program goes through 5 modules that cover the broader spectrum of Innovation methodologies and mindsets. 

A module can vary between 0.5 to 2 days. Example: select 2-3 topics to create a condensed format to learn a mixture of tools or design your in-depth train-the-trainer program that would cover the full spectrum of tools.

Innovation is people at work. What mindset do you need to set up your innovation strategy? What governance structure do you need to set up? When you select people to participate in your innovation program, what are the criteria to use? How to manage expectations within the organization?

Examples of tools

  • Scoping matrix (set targets)
  • Innovation culture checklist
  • Demolition canvas
  • How to scope ambitions & goals
  • Innovation accounting
  • Define success criteria

Creativity is not just a game or a gimmick. You need to train your team the purpose (& limitations) of different creativity techniques. What triggers can be used to unlock creativity? For instance, trends, new technology, etc. In this context, we also make a reference to some of the principles used in the context of design thinking. (e.g. using empathy start an ideation process).

Examples of tools

  • Analogy thinking templates & examples
  • Futurescan-model (prediction template)
  • Idea capturing (options & formats)
  • Online services (collection & gathering)
  • Empathy & user observation
  • Where to get inspiration (sources)

In order to move from a high- level idea to a more concrete concept, you’ll need to understand all the underlying assumptions. In this context, we make references to the lean startup & how validated information can be used to improve ideas. What are all the options to evaluate the value proposition? Very practical: How to find your first test users to do you first experiments.

Examples of tools

  • Solution & problem interviews checklist
  • Experiment mapping (template)
  • Innovation battlefield framework
  • Paper/digital prototyping tools
  • Lean canvas/experiment board
  • Experimentation tools (B2B & B2C)
  • Decision making (set priorities)

At some point, your coaches need to give feedback on the value-creating part of innovation projects. How do you plan to make money? What are the options to generate new revenue? What is the impact on other stakeholders & how to get support within the organization? To tackle the majority of the business model related questions, you’ll learn the different tools to do so.

Examples of tools

  • Business model kit (visual)
  • Business model canvas
  • Decision tree (revenue models)
  • Financial plan template
  • Patterns in business modeling
  • Testing of pricing assumptions

Once your internal startup is ready to go to market, you’ll need again a different set of skills. At this stage, people get trained in the different innovative methods to evaluate the success of the early-stage business development. How to use growth hacking & practical client research services to take the first steps in the market.

Examples of tools

  • Roadmap builder
  • Investor persona sheets
  • Team designer (skills)
  • Stakeholder checklist
  • Hands-on project management tools
  • Tracking of assumptions & iterations

Client cases

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Train the trainer program.

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