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The Innovation Accelerator
A Business Incubator for Creative Thinkers

The Innovation Accelerator is a highly engaging, hands on business incubator for creative thinkers, change agents, project teams and departments committed to achieving extraordinary results via innovation — generating revenue, increasing profits, reducing costs, improving processes, and originating products and services that will pay for the workshop many times over.

It's all about the dynamic process of turning ideas into money.

The Innovation Accelerator is a unique mix of strategic think tank, creativity training, idea greenhouse, and business incubator that makes it easy for participants to accelerate the process of surfacing new ideas and turning them into products, services, and breakthrough ways of doing business.

In the workshop, participants generate and develop a continuum of new ideas — from incremental to breakthrough — that increases their odds of making rapid progress on a variety of promising, new business opportunities.

At the same time, participants sharpen their innovation skills and learn a variety of creative thinking tools that can be immediately applied on the job with their direct reports, teams, or senior leaders.

Action oriented, practical, and inspiring, The Innovation Accelerator provides the perfect balance of divergent and convergent thinking — enabling participants to not only get out of the box and tap into new realms of possibility, but craft meaningful, post-workshop game plans that close the gap between theory and practice.

Bottom line, Idea Champions' Innovation Accelerator yields high ROI — Return on Ideas — with payback year after year.


1. DAY ONE MORNING: Creativity Thinking Training
Participants establish a culture of innovation, reframe their most pressing challenges, identify bothersome obstacles to innovation, go beyond their biggest limiting assumptions, learn and apply three creative thinking techniques, generate a wide variety of actionable ideas, and stretch the limits of their own creativity and willingness to be a force for change.

2. DAY ONE AFTENOON: Strategic Think Tank
Individuals, groups, and teams learn and practice a set of insight-sparking processes and tools to scan their spheres of influence and identify robust innovation opportunities.

Innovation Accelerator participants then select the best of their ideas to improve work processes and develop new product and service concepts within their declared areas of interest, i.e. operations, finance, sales, marketing, customer service, HR, teamwork, R&D, and leadership.

3. DAY TWO MORNING: Idea Incubator
Participants, in small groups, dive deeper into the creative thinking process to further polish the gem of ideas and opportunities identified on Day #1.

Equipped with new tools of the creative trade and having entered more deeply into the mindset of an innovator, participants continue making quantum leaps of thought and action.

4. DAY TWO AFTERNOON: Innovation Launcher
Here's where the rubber meets the road — the convergent part of the workshop in which participants make the effort to clarify two ways to significantly increase the odds of turning their hot ideas into measureable results:

1. Establish a culture of innovation within their spheres of influence.

2. Craft intelligent "idea implementation plans" that take into account their organization's stickiest obstacles to innovation.


Simply put, The Innovation Accelerator helps savvy, time-crunched people challenge old assumptions, conceive new possibilities, originate powerful ideas, collaborate, network, and jump start the process of helping their organization foster a dynamic, authentic, humane, sustainable culture of innovation.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
  • Aspiring innovators, project teams, departments
  • Cross-functional teams
  • High potential employees
  • Business leaders of the future
  • Forward thinking managers
  • Innovation champions
  • Change agents
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
  • How to identify and transform limiting assumptions
  • How to redefine and reframe business challenges
  • Best innovation practices of leading organizations
  • How to jump start a culture of innovation
  • How to diffuse risk-averse, nay-saying behavior
  • How to double the impact of your brainstorming sessions
  • Tools and techniques for thinking out of the box
  • How to leverage your strengths as an in-house innovator
WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE:
  • A deck of 55 innovation-sparking cards (Free the Genie)
  • The Free the Genie Leader's Guide
  • An annual Free the Genie (online app) license
  • A set of juggling balls
  • Four creative thinking guidebooks
  • Awake at the Wheel (our award winning book on the creative process)
  • Three innovation whitepapers

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