Innovation Ecosystem articles

The best way to innovate is for a large company to view itself as an innovation ecosystem. Because of its core business, an established company cannot be as flexible as a startup, which can focus itself on creating one single product. Instead, established companies need to increase their innovation capabilities from within, without endangering their core business. This requires a big change in the organizational structure, which should ultimately lead to a company that can both search for new business models and execute existing ones.

The blogs are categorized into different elements that come into play with an Innovation Ecosystem. Combined with the “Must Read” blogs it gives you a perfect understanding of what innovation ecosystems are and how to improve one.


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Innovation Ecosystem
3 key success factors for setting up a Corporate Venture Builder

What is a Corporate Venture Builder A Corporate Venture Builder is an innovation department that creates new corporate startups in succession. Corporate Venture Builders spin out startups to commercialize new products, services, or intellectual property and often have business models that are fundamentally different from that of the parent company. The Corporate Venture Builder looks […]


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Innovation Framework
How to create an innovation framework for your company

An innovation framework provides guiding principles for developing a series of questions that can assess where a product is along its journey.


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Innovation Ecosystem
How to conduct a stakeholder analysis for your corporate startup

From our experience, your corporate startup will only succeed if the key stakeholders of the core business are being managed correctly. But to do so, you need to understand the internal environment of the business. In this article, we explain how to better understand and map the internal environment of your organization by analyzing your […]


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Innovation Ecosystem
The 5 conditions for professionalizing innovation

If you want to allow innovation to blossom in your company, you need a separate corprate governance system to support it. This will allow you to search for new business models in a company that is designed to be a high-performing way of executing what you already do, and which is structurally adverse to anything […]


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Innovation Ecosystem
The Innovation Management Matrix

Setting up a dedicated management system for startup innovation is something that can be only done if there is a clear way of deciding what is what. Ultimately this is one of the necessary steps in professionalising innovation within your company.


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Innovation Framework
The difference between the NEXT Canvas and the Business Model Canvas

The NEXT Canvas and the BMC are not mutually exclusive, but work well together as tools to create, test and renew ideas.


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Innovation Ecosystem
Kickstart corporate innovation by building a Minimum Viable Ecosystem

In our book The Corporate Startup, we describe what an innovation ecosystem is and how you can build an innovation ecosystem within your company. An ecosystem is needed to foster innovation company-wide, with the right governance in the right places, and multiple ways to do innovation. Where everyone knows how to do innovation, how to […]


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Innovation Ecosystem
Innovate or die! What does innovation mean in your company?

Apart from the well known adagium it is the most common answer I get when talking to companies about their most urgent reasons to innovate.


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Innovation Framework
Introducing the NEXT Canvas

The NEXT Canvas visualizes the four types of proof an idea needs to become a profitable business model


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Innovation Ecosystem
Governance is the key to company-wide innovation

A lot of organizations we work with today recognize the innovation rhythm and the difference between searching and executing. The rhythm of innovation is different and less linear than that of other corporate processes. Innovation is the search for a business model of which we do not know if it will work, whereas corporates are […]


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Innovation Ecosystem
An executive summary of The Corporate Startup

The best way to innovate is for a large company to view itself as an innovation ecosystem. Because of its core business, an established company cannot be as flexible as a startup, which can focus itself on creating one single product. Instead, established companies need to increase their innovation capabilities from within, without endangering their […]


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Innovation Framework
Using the Startup Studio model to structure Corporate Innovation Labs

The topic of how to structure the perfect corporate innovation lab comes up regularly when talking to innovation managers.


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