4 Essential Building Blocks of Intrapreneurship for Corporate Innovation


Corporations across the world are scrambling to figure out how to innovate and grow in an increasingly competitive business environment. Intrapreneurship, the concept of cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset and skill set from within an existing organization, is enabling many large companies to extract value through employee-powered corporate innovation. Intrapreneurship Team management Leadership Culture Innovation Models

Cohort 2 of the RocketSpace Mobility Tech Pilot Program founded by BP Kicks Off in San Francisco


The second cohort of RocketSpace’s Mobility Tech Pilot Program officially kicks off today in San Francisco, bringing together 10 innovative international startups with a value chain of leading global corporate collaborators. Open Innovation Corporate-Startup Partnerships Business Development Innovation Models Mobility Electric Vehicle

2016 Year in Review: Corporate Innovation Trends and Implications for 2017


2016 was an eventful year, marked by unprecedented political polarization, hacked emails made public by WikiLeaks, Brexit, two huge Yahoo security breaches, and even exploding Galaxy Note 7 smartphones. But hidden among the uncertainty lies a year of unparalleled technological advances.

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How Should You Budget for Corporate Innovation?


Budgeting for corporate innovation initiatives can be challenging, so corporations often fall back on the subjective judgement of CEOs and their executive team about where their company stands in the overall marketplace and how they think it will evolve.

Three Keys to Accelerating Innovation through Connecting and Collaborating Outside your Organization

Speaker: Gordon Vala-Webb, Author, Speaker and Consultant, Building Smarter Organizations

From his upcoming book, Building Smarter Organizations, Gordon will do a deep dive into connecting and collaborating with those outside your organization to accelerate innovation. Gordon will provide practical strategies to connecting and working with the "nearside" of suppliers, partners and alumni in order to accelerate innovation.

More Corporations Are Looking to Corporate Venture Capital to Access Innovative Startup Technologies


Innovative startups pose a constant threat to corporations. To integrate some of the dynamism and energy of fast-moving startups, many companies invest in internal R&D, consider mergers and acquisitions, or set up partnerships with new and nimble players in the market.

Big Business Wants To Cowork Too


Coworking spaces have exploded onto the office scene and it's not just entrepreneurs and freelancers who've noticed – big business wants in on these innovative work environments too.

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Riding (and Surviving) the Innovation Roller Coaster


Startups are innovating. Corporations are reinventing. We take a look at both in Riding (and Surviving) the Innovation Roller Coaster.

Convince Management to Support Innovation: 8 Brilliant Reads


Having trouble convincing your management teams to support corporate innovation? If so, you're not alone. Corporate innovation is a delicate balancing act. You might not always know where you'll land with an experiment that you're running.

Building A Collaborative Innovation Playbook

Speaker: Greg Satell, Innovation Advisor, Speaker and Author

From his newly released book, Greg Satell has researched how people and organizations successfully innovate. We are excited to have Greg join us for a session that will draw upon these insights and provide a playbook for how to define the right innovation strategies for your organization to overcome the specific challenges that your organization faces and dramatically improve your innovation effectiveness.

Corporate Innovation: 5 Trends Not to Ignore in 2016


Whether it was fear or greed, an increasing number of big brands woke up and introduced internal innovation programs in 2015. And, for good reasons: fear that a new startup could launch a disruptive new technology and steal market share, pressure to create new revenue streams — or both.

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How to Set Up a Pilot or Test Case for a Startup/Corporate Partnership


Disruption is commonly associated with startups. Corporations tend to lose the ability to take smart risks and move quickly once they reach a certain level of growth and success — but it doesn't have to be this way. Large companies can combat stagnation by engaging with high growth startups.

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Don't Let Your Corporate Accelerator Fail—a Blueprint for Success [Part II]


Corporate accelerators are invaluable for helping large, complex organizations stay agile into today's fast-growing economy.

Innovation Watch: 5 Hot U.S. Cities for Startups


It's a common misconception that outside of Silicon Valley and a few other places, there's not a lot of innovation going on in this country. The reality is that innovation has penetrated many corners of America.

A Strategic Approach to Open Innovation

Speaker: Jeffrey Phillips, Senior Consultant, OVO Innovation

This action-packed session examined the critical questions you should ask as you establish an open innovation framework: which technologies or ideas? Which partners and how many? Which methods? By taking a strategic approach to open innovation, you’ll find the right ideas or partners more effectively, and you’ll accelerate new products to market more quickly. This was a great session you don’t want to miss.

3 Ideas For Scaling Up Your Corporate Innovation Practice From NYTimes, Lufthansa, and GE


From in-house accelerators to open innovation models, every company has unique constraints when it comes to validating new ideas and exploring new product lines. Every business model, workforce, and future outlook is different.

Corporates are Finally Taking Young Startups Seriously


Corporate collaboration with startups was once only for the brave few, but in no time at all, working with startups through mentoring, partnerships, investments or acquisitions has become mission-critical for large companies. Corporate Innovation Working With Startups Corporate-Startup Partnerships

The Pros and Cons of Coworking in London


Over the past decade, coworking has morphed from the exclusive domain of freelancers, entrepreneurs, and startup founders to an experimentation ground for big name companies seeking to attract top talent and keep costs down. Startup Tips and Advice

Lean Startup: Why Every Corporate Innovation Team Should Consider It


While Lean Startup methodology is employed most often by high-growth startups, the iterative “build-measure-learn" process that makes it so popular among tech entrepreneurs also makes it a great framework for corporate innovation teams to test concepts.

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6 Keys to Making Collaborative Innovation Successful

Speaker: Soren Kaplan, Founder of InnovationPoint

We are excited to launch the Collaborative Innovation Webinar Series with Dr. Soren Kaplan. His just released book, "The Invisible Advantage," provides actionable insights into how any organization can create a culture of innovation, an environment that promotes freethinking, an entrepreneurial spirit, and sustainable value creation at all levels and across all functions. By registering for the webinar, you will get a free excerpt from his book.

3 Ways Corporates can Work with a Startup: Investing, Acquiring, or Partnering


Ah, the lure of fresh tech. Keeping abreast of—and working with—startups is a powerful way for corporations to stay competitive in an ever-changing and quickly innovating market—that much should be obvious.

Three Emerging Corporate Innovation Models


In 2017, the big theme among corporate innovation teams will be cautious optimism. While there is uncertainty about how the new geopolitical terrain will impact their business, corporates are still moving forward with innovation plans. They will continue to pursue accelerating their product development cycles, improving time to market, exploring emerging markets and competing for consumer loyalty. Working With Startups Accelerators Corporate-Startup Partnerships Innovation Models

The Business Case for Startup Collaboration


Every corporation knows that it should be investing in innovation and working with startups, but many have difficulty seeing just how and why startup collaboration works.

How Can Corporate Innovation Teams Strengthen Relationships with Core Business Units


It’s unreasonable to ask well-established enterprises to move at the same pace of startups. The two types of organization are inherently different—like apples and oranges, to use a-far-too-common (but very relevant) analogy. As entrepreneurship professor and innovation leader Steve Blank writes for HBR: “You can’t just tell a company ‘be more like a startup’.” Here’s why, he says : “Startups can do anything.”.

The Leadership of Open Innovation

Speaker: Paul Sloane, Director, Destination Innovation

Paul Sloane is a well-known author and speaker on open innovation. In this session, Paul takes us through examples of successful open innovation programs to explore the breadth of what open innovation can be for organizations and the value it can bring. This was a great session you don’t want to miss.

Healthcare Corporates Invest in Startups Injecting Innovation Into Industry


Providence St. Joseph Health, one of the nation's largest nonprofit health systems, was an early adopter of mobile on-demand healthcare app Medicast , which launched about three and a half years ago, billing itself as the "first mobile-app-based house call service." In mid-2016, Providence St. Joseph took its relationship with Medicast one step further by acquiring the Mountain View, Calif., startup. Working With Startups Corporate-Startup Partnerships Innovation Models Healthcare

The One Question Your Managers Should Be Asking To Spark Innovation


A May 2016 survey of 170 large companies with revenues greater than $1 billion found that 82.4 percent have implemented lean startup methodologies to some extent. Another 9.4 percent of companies are exploring implementing programs.

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10 TED Talks for Encouraging Creativity in Your Corporate Innovation Team


Corporate intrapreneurs face the ultimate challenge in business: navigating uncertainty. That's why it's so important to learn new problem-solving techniques. The challenge? Your time and resources are limited.

Why Corporate Accelerators Fail — and What to Do About It [Part I]


Entrepreneurial ecosystems around the world are experiencing a rise in demand for accelerators that provide resources to promising startups, and corporations are embracing this new model for sparking innovation.

Models, Strategies and Tactics for Accelerating Innovation through Collaboration Outside the Organization

Speaker: Paul Campbell, VP of Innovation, Schneider Electric

We are excited to have Paul Campbell, an expert in corporate entrepreneurship, covering some of the strategies and tactics he has repeatedly used to transform corporate innovation programs. In this session, Paul shares his experience innovating in new and adjacent markets through a deft deployment of open innovation, business accelerators, venturing, M&A, R&D, business development and strategy team leadership.

Wave of Startups Automating Supply Chains Spurs Deals


Hundreds of startups rushing to automate the world's supply chains are drawing interest and, in many cases, big-ticket purchase prices from corporations aiming to capture their innovative technologies. So what's behind the supply chain M&A spree? The e-commerce boom and demand for increasingly sophisticated logistics operations are a large part of the phenomenon. Corporate Innovation Working With Startups Innovation Corporate-Startup Partnerships

RocketSpace and Kaleido Logistics Welcome Newest Batch of Startups Into Logistics Tech Accelerator


RocketSpace and Kaleido Logistics have selected the third cohort of startups for the Logistics Tech Accelerator. Last week, six startups joined RocketSpace, Kaleido, Fiege , Ingram Micro , and Lufthansa Cargo for the program’s kickoff in Vigo, Spain. The corporate consortium and startup participants will work hand-in-hand over the three-month long pilot-focused program.

Intel Capital: A Study In Long-Term Success


Of all the corporate venture capital outfits putting money into startups right now, none are as storied or provably successful as Intel Capital—yet neither of the men who started it were proven investors. Corporate Innovation Venture Capital

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How to Get Management Buy-In for Corporate Innovation Experiments


Does the following conversation resonate? Corporate innovator: We should pursue idea “X” because there’s a viable market opportunity right now. Manager: Yes that’s a great idea. C-suite: Yes that’s a great idea. Corporate innovator: Great, we’ll need a self-contained budget of $Y to get project “X” off the ground. Management: We don’t have budget, but you can submit a request for funds for the next fiscal year. Corporate innovator: ….The The market opportunity is now. Absolutely now.

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Spigit's 2018 State of Crowdsourced Innovation Report

A rigorous analysis of how the world’s largest brands – representing 21 different industry verticals – leverage their innovation programs to solve problems and surface opportunities, and the key role crowdsourcing plays in their success.

Connectivity and IoT Disruption: Optimizing Logistics and Enabling Smart Trade


The consumer trend in connected devices is all about connected cars, smart homes and cities — like fridges that order milk when it runs out and voice assistants that control home heating systems. But the Internet of Things (IoT) also has big things to offer to enterprises, particularly in logistics and trade. Here are some of the IoT and connectivity trends from RocketSpace's 2017 Disruption Report. Trends Logistics Internet of Things (IoT

Corporates Need a New Way to Look Ahead — and Other Thought-Provoking Takeaways from RocketSpace’s London Innovation Summit


“Growth through disruption, not death by disruption,” said Lee Daley, one of RocketSpace’s key strategic advisors during the opening remarks at our first London Innovation Summit. The two day event, taking place at the new RocketSpace tech campus in London’s Angel, brought teams from large companies and startups together to explore the worlds of artificial intelligence and blockchain.

Survey: Startup Relationships are Important or 'Mission Critical' to Most Corporations


A significant majority of large companies now consider startup relationships to be important, according to the study The State of Startup/Corporate Collaboration 2016 from nonprofit Boston startup accelerator MassChallenge and software and advisory firm Imaginatik.

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The Startup Sonar: How New Age Corporations Approach Innovation


Facebook. Google. Netflix. They're some of the fastest-growing, most innovative companies in the world. They are the New Age Corporations. They came to disrupt, and disrupt they did — all in less than two decades each, these tech giants have grown from nothing to the corporates-in-residence on the Fortune 500 list. Corporate Innovation Working With Startups Corporate-Startup Partnerships

Creating a Culture of Innovation — Validating Success with Numbers

Developing a culture of innovation internally leads to higher employee engagement, empowerment of your employees to assist on solving some of your most vital problems, an effective method for capturing their ideas and acting on them and finally, an increase in costsavings.