I gave a keynote speech at a fascinating conference in Singapore just before Christmas – a mixture of perspectives on innovation and entrepreneurship which particularly opened a window for me on the rapid pace and challenging nature of change in the emerging economies of the Far East. (See http://www2.smu.edu.sg/smu-essec/home.asp for more details)
A great example was given by Victor Cui, founder and CEO of One Fighting Championship (http://www.onefc.com/). This company promotes and covers ‘multi martial arts’ (MMA) events – a field which is the fastest growing sport in the world and which combines excitement, glamour and several thousand years of history! Building a business in this rapidly changing and competitive space requires considerable ingenuity, experience and entrepreneurial flair – as this video interview with Victor shows.
This is a video of an interview with Francisco Pinheiro, Strategic Innovation Manager with Atos which I managed to carry out during the ISPIM conference in Barcelona. In particular we talk about the challenges of getting innovative ideas form employees via internal online platforms in the company.
These days there is a great deal of interest in user involvement in innovation – not least in the potential for ‘co-creation’ of products and services. But whilst the principle is exciting the challenge of actually making it happen – and building a business around user-led co-creation – is significant.
Catherina van Delden, founder and CEO of a German company, Innosabi, has some pretty impressive examples of what can be done. Products co-created by a growing community include foods, cosmetics and fashion accessories – and are proving to be extremely popular when they finally hit the shelves! So much so that Catherine and her team were awarded a Ministerial prize last year for the most innovative e-business start-up in Germany. In this video interview she talks about the company – and you can find out more at their websites: www.unseraller.de and www.innosabi.com.
‘Minimonos’ is an online game aimed at children which currently has around 250,000 players and is growing fast. (www.minimonos.com)
It has a particular focus on sustainability and is a great illustration of the innovation space opening up in this area. In this video interview the company’s founder (and Alpha-Monkey!) Melissa Clark-Reynolds gives some great insights into the entrepreneurial process and the challenges which growing the idea into a successful business poses.
David Simoes-Brown of 100% Open talks about innovation management and the challenges and opportunities offered in working in the ‘open innovation’ space.
In this video interview David Simoes-Brown talks about some of the innovation management challenges involved in working with the new ‘open innovation’ environment. More about the company and some case studies and examples can be found at:
She is also involved with Mindlab, an innovation support agency which develops new approaches and builds innovation management capacity in the Danish public sector. Mindlab is ‘owned’ by the Minsitries of Taxation, Employment and Economic Affairs.
More details of their work and some case studies can be found at:
Armin Rau, Strategy Partner of Sicap, talks about some of the innovation management challenges in working in the fast-moving world of software for mobile devices.
In this video interview Armin Rau, Strategy Partner of Sicap, talks about some of the innovation management challenges in working in the fast-moving world of software for mobile devices. Sicom is a spin-off from Swisscom, the Swiss national mobile operator and more information can be found at: