Organisations and innovation

Open innovation

  • What makes for successful project group leaders? (6/20/2018) - What makes for successful project group leaders People whose objective is to address tough problems start with different issues. Projects of this kind require different characteristics for successful leadership. The Gates Foundation starts with health issues; the Scottish Government’s CivTech programme … Continue reading
  • Getting instant help from fellow startups (6/28/2017) - Getting instant help from fellow startups The School for Social Entrepreneurs recently brought together a couple of cohorts of startups, each for half-a-day, to reflect together on the health of their business and on its future – with the help of … Continue reading
  • Raising the Mentoring Game (3/22/2017) - Raising the mentoring game Stops and starts have marked the very slow progress of mentoring in the UK. As the ultimate beneficiaries of mentoring, funders of new businesses should be leading the way. The big question is (and was) why … Continue reading
  • Speed as the new essential (3/20/2017) - Speed as the new essential David Giraourd, former President of Google Enterprise Apps and CEO of startup Upstart argues that speed is the key competitive advantage of to-day [and not just in Accelerators]. His top points are: * Think first of … Continue reading
  • Speeding up corporate innovation (1/11/2017) - Speeding up corporate innovation A major corporate innovation consultancy bemoans the fact that corporates readily experiment with the latest innovation practices but without clear ideas on what they want to achieve; and offers a more disciplined approach. Upcoming: How can … Continue reading

Managing innovation

  • 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
  • A heavy-weight investment in top entrepreneurial leaders (5/29/2018) - A heavy-weight investment to create a cohort of top entrepreneurial leaders for Scotland Many of to-day’s big problems require entrepreneurial talent to manage them, but few managers have experience of managing entrepreneurial projects. This is a programme whose aim is to … Continue reading
  • Building specific eco-systems (3/6/2018) - Building specific eco-systems Introspection by Village Capital in New York yields insights into the roles and activities of entrepreneur support organisations  Most entrepreneur support focuses either on the founder or on the investor. But it is important to identify the specific … Continue reading
  • Creating local and regional growth hubs (2/20/2018) - Creating local and regional growth hubs to match local needs  Silicon Valley’s may be outstandingly the world’s best of entrepreneurial eco-systems, and London’s outstandingly the best in the UK. But can local areas aspire to create eco-systems of support for … Continue reading
  • No institutional support for startups and scaleups (1/17/2018) - No institutional support for startups and scaleups The CEO of the Art Fund complains that there is no support system for one of the oldest of functions – museum curators; neither is there in the newest of fields – the … Continue reading