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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:

  • What is Incubator leadership? (1/10/2019) - What does a team leader in the most famous Incubator in the world actually do?Visionary? Inspiration? Team leadership? Entrepreneur? Not even close! Alphabet’s Google X ‘helps innovators to ready their technologies for the real world’; it is used to incubate … Continue reading
  • A Startup to put Deepmind in the shade (12/18/2018) - A Startup to put Deepmind in the shade – a Christmas dream!  Two professors at the University’s School for Magic Solutions sought to develop a product that would be superior to all other startups. Experts in artificial intelligence, they decided … Continue reading
  • Four incubator initiatives (12/11/2018) - Four Incubator initiatives Incubators have taken to developing specific aspects of support (Edinburgh University); to buying in wholesale support (from the likes of Accelerator Academy), to adapting a well–recognised accelerator format (the Crick Centre) and even selling their support programmes to … Continue reading

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