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Are there magic potions for turning ideas into innovations? 

In a world increasingly pre-occupied by innovation, research is giving way to experimentation. The ‘test of time’ is less easy to apply: by the moment when time may reveal its conclusions, something new will have replaced what we were testing. Thus the concept of Action Learning is becoming increasingly relevant – trying something out and learning from how it went; and with it so is ‘process’ – how we do what we do.  This site is all about sharing experience and the turning of ideas into innovations.

Material on the site is divided into five overlapping areas – each of these leads to separate sections of the site which provide material, information, and contacts.

  • Early-stage ventures –  Incubators, science parks, angel groups and accelerators
  • Larger organisations –  open innovation, managing innovation, delivering innovation
  • Academia – startup spaces, spinouts, collaboration, outreach
  • Supportership – champions, mentoring, coaching, facilitating, learning
  • Opportunities – IT, Creative Industries, Life Sciences, Hi-value manufacturing

Most recent material published:

  • Confronting the challenges of the day (11/15/2018) - Innovation Labs that confront major changes in the economy Initiatives in a number of sectors have created nurseries for innovations created by shifts in the economy – from presentation/discussion forums, to hackathons, to match-ups, to accelerators, to scaleup support programmes. … Continue reading
  • Mentoring: a timely Academic review (11/8/2018) - Mentoring: a timely Academic review of its role in Accelerators Among the articles in the recently published book entitled ‘Accelerators’, the section on Mentors (much of it drawn from the extensive network of Accelerators in Israel) explores mentorship as ‘one of … Continue reading
  • Whither Accelerators (11/1/2018) - Whither Accelerators? The COO of Startupbootcamp IoT, one of their three London-based Accelerator programmes contemplates the future  Programmes are now commonly run with several different corporate backers, often providing substantial inputs to the programme Programmes have become longer: once 12 weeks, … Continue reading

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