How internal innovators win the game

By Nicolas Bry / August 18, 2020 /

Kaihan Krippendorf‘s latest book, Driving Innovation from Within, takes you smoothly in the intrapreneurs’ journey: his book guides internal innovators to innovation success through meaningful innovators’ stories, research, and wise and shrewd guidelines. It’s a long time since I did not read such a piece of work, steeped in intelligence: I couldn’t resist to extend…

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How Big Companies and Startups Use Co-Creation to Innovate

By Soren Kaplan / October 20, 2019 /

The latest research says “co-creation” is an untapped opportunity for innovation. Here’s how to do it. When I ran the internal strategy consulting group at HP, we constantly asked ourselves, “how can we get our $40 billion global behemoth operating more like a startup?”  That’s because like most big companies, we struggled with risk-taking and moving fast. Startups…

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Turning your corporate assets in new ventures

By Nicolas Bry / October 18, 2019 /

I recently attended at Innov8rs conference an enticing presentation on business model innovation: “Turning your corporate assets in new ventures and opportunities”. It was delivered by enthusiastic Chloé Bonnet and Pauline Pham, respectively Founding partner and CEO, and Partner & VP, at Five by Five . They kindly accepted to go into more details into its creative…

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Obratori, one-stop shopping for startups: incubation services, and funding

By Nicolas Bry / August 26, 2019 /

Amaury Godron is General Manager of OBRATORI, L’OCCITANE Innovation Lab, and Managing Partner of LOG Investment, L’OCCITANE Venture Fund. There are some Startups Studios on the market, but OBRATORI differs from them as being a Corporate Startups Studio (more similar to Kamet by Axa): it was created by L’OCCITANE Group to let external startups soar…

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The art of innovation, helping cities and governments to make strategic choices

By Nicolas Bry / July 2, 2019 /

Pierre-Alexandre Balland is Professor & Innovation Strategy Advisor at Utrecht University and visiting professor at MIT Media Lab, a renowned interdisciplinary research lab, founded in 1985 by Nicholas Negroponte, that encourages the unconventional mixing and matching of seemingly disparate research areas. Pierre-Alexandre research is about the art of innovation, and he advises companies, cities, and policymakers on…

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Spring Lab: Instilling a Startup Mindset into Large Corporations

By Nicolas Bry / June 18, 2019 /

1) What is the mission (the reason why, la raison d’être) of Spring Lab, its value proposition, and its main line of services (acceleration devices, learning expeditions, collective intelligence workshop, innov-athons, bootcamp) ? In a highly competitive world with constantly changing ways and growing customer expectations, your company crucially needs to think and innovate to set itself…

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Intrapreneurship is for employees, and business units at Deutsche Bahn

By Nicolas Bry / June 12, 2019 /

Tobias Taut is venture architect at Deutsche Bahn, and an enthusiastic venture builder. What a great title! Managing the intrapreneurship program DB Intrapreneurs, means for Tobias building amazing digital services, and enabling people in their innovation ambitions to create tangible and sustainable value. To boost intrapreneurs projects, Tobias also shares his skills in business modelling, lean startup,…

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Why Your Startup Will Fail

By Arlen Meyers / June 7, 2019 /

The vast majority of startups will fail and the numbers are even higher in biomedicine due to the numerous risks involved in getting a product or service to patients in a highly regulated industry that involves human subject and clinical trials. Add to that the many barriers to adoption, dissemination, diffusion and implementation and why clinical trial results…

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Okoni Innovation Agency: there is no transformation without creation

By Nicolas Bry / April 28, 2019 /

Pierre Baudry, Marc-Antoine Franc and Cécile Bernardet are respectively founding partner, partner and project director at Okoni, an new kind of Innovation Agency, which involves co-making innovation with their customers. First Cécile and Marc-Antoine guided me at Okoni premises, then Pierre took his pen to explain how their holistic approach is quite singular, and impactful on…

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The Missing Step for Start-ups Who Want to Scale-up

By Nicolas Bry / April 2, 2019 /

Last November, I attended the speech of David Skok at Web Summit 2018: it was related to startups scale-up in B2B business. I’m sensitive to the topic, being a participant of the Scale-Up Peer Group, and having drafted the Scale-Up Canvas for intrapreneurs who want to scale-up. Nevertheless, I was quite impressed by the quality…

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