Innovation

Purdue/Fraunhofer: New Offering Coming March 2019

Coming in March 2019, we are launching a new offering. Company teams will get insights into how German firms accelerate innovation by leveraging the power of the world’s leading applied research institute. For the past three years we have been piloting these approaches with the New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII). We are now prepared to…

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New Mexico Sate’s Arrowhead Center: Integrating I-Corps with Strategic Doing

The National Science Foundation administers a highly  successful program to accelerate  commercialization of university research. Called  Innovation Corps or I-Corps, the initiative builds a capability on university campuses to move promising research ideas into the market. Based on a methodology called Lean Launchpad, the program guides faculty and students through an intensive process of customer…

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Diversity Drives Innovation – But Not the Kind You Think.

We’re finding more and more value in the concept of “strategic diversity” – that is, the way in which team members’ cognitive preferences shape their roles on the team. Learning how to optimize that diversity can take your team from average to a true “innovating network” that can solve the toughest challenges. The AEM-Cube(TM) –…

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Building an Agri-Food Ecosystem in the Netherlands

The Lab is  heading back to The Netherlands. We are working with our Dutch partner, Human Insight,  on a workshop to develop  an innovation and entrepreneurial  ecosystem in agribusiness and food in The Netherlands. We are working with the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality and the food accelerator, FoodStars, to organize this workshop. …

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Lab Enters I-Corps

The Lab  has entered the I-Corps program to explore the development of an interactive platform that would help companies in the food industry accelerate innovation. The idea for this spin out emerged from discussions with Bruce Hammaker  at the Whistler Center for Carbohydrate Research. Here’s the challenge: large food companies are losing the innovation race.…

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Practitioner Guide to Innovating Networks, Clusters and Ecosystems

Based on the continuing work we are doing in developing entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystems, the Lab has compiled a guidebook for practitioners. The publication provides practionters with insghts into the critical tools, frameworks and disciplines that the Lab uses to guide the design of these ecosystems. You can download a copy of this guidebook here.…

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Our Continuing Work with the Kauffman Foundation

The Kauffman Foundation’s  entrepreneurship initiatives are undergoing transformation. Under the leadership of Victor Hwang,  Kauffman has assembled an impressive team of young professionals with ambitious plans to support the replication of entrepreneurial ecosystems across the country. Victor turned to the Lab for assistance in designing a research roadmap to support the development and scaling of…

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Can Big Food Innovate Faster? We Think So

Large food companies are losing the growth race. Smaller, more agile companies are growing at a far faster rate. As a result, the largest 25 food companies are losing market share. In response, they are  acquiring some of these smaller fast growth companies. But is there another way to accelerate  top line growth for large…

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Start-up and Innovation Ecosystems: The Value of Testbeds

It’s no surprise that academic research often lags behind market developments (Brown & Mawson, 2017). What if, to help us close this gap, we thought of practitioners and policy makers as researchers? What if we consider them not users of research but co-producers? Sound strange? It shouldn’t. This trend is underway in the agricultural sector.…

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New Jersey Innovation Institute Opens its Agile Strategy Lab

Over the past four years, we’ve worked” with the New Jersey Institute of Technology on the launch of their New Jersey Innovation Institute. Many of the ideas underlying Institute emerge from our discussions. Beginning last spring, the Institute launched its own Agile Strategy Lab. In addition to adopting our approach to agile strategy, the Lab…

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