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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:

  • DeepTech comes to market? (10/18/2018) - DeepTech comes to market? Science is discreetly stirring itself to bring innovations to market. Despite the difficulties of continuing to practice science alongside commercialisation, leading organisations are creating happenings that encourage entrepreneurialism.  It is now four years since Steve Blank’s I-Corps … Continue reading
  • Costa’s Chatty Cafe scheme (10/10/2018) - Costa’s Chatty Café scheme: a ‘water cooler’ for business nurseries Learning from each other’s experience plays a big part in Incubators and Accelerators, so I am often surprised that some of them have no cafeteria-type space for encouraging participants to … Continue reading
  • Ten trends in Business Nurseries (7/25/2018) - Ten trends in Business Nurseries Co-working spaces growing in number; and providing increasing support Startups declining in number, (despite apparent continuing increase in self-employment) with a higher proportion in tech fields Entrepreneurialism continues its attraction; but focuses on founders more … Continue reading

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