Corporate innovation as a contact sport
Updated: Jun 10, 2021
Here it comes, reshaping our Corporate Innovation Strategy.. sounds like deja vu
Interestingly, like contact sport, each round brings novelty and inspiration into the job
Illustration: Bloodsport JCVD
Starting July 2016 I joined the CInO (Chief Innovation Officer) team of 20 people to coordinate deeptech intrapreneur program called Think Tank.
July 2017 was the time for handover to the new CSO (Chief Strategy Officer) and a split of our organization between an innovation lab, a venture builder studio and two Innovation hubs with 50 peopleIn total.
July 2019 was the start of a merging of the innovation lab and the venture builder studio into an innovation center and led by the head of innovation ventures and overseeing more than 80 people.
July 2021 we will move into the new Innovation Organization merging data science and innovation venture hubs under the management of the CSTO (Chief Science and Technology Officer) to lead a team of 150 people.
With average one reorg in every 12-18months it could be difficult to establish a vision and inspiring strategy for seeding, embedding and scaling breakthrough and disruptive deeptech internal start-ups.
Despite those reorgs, I keep trusting in the basics, I get the chance to grow my skill and knowledge both in deeptech science and business model design .. curious and excited to see what comes next..