Coming up with new ideas to drive growth is a major concern of most executives. Rather than relying only on established innovation functions and processes, companies are increasingly turning to innovation challenges to rally the collective power of their organizations and to come up with new innovation opportunities. Throughout history, competitions have been used to spur innovation. Competitions help to generate breakthroughs by stimulating diversity: diversity among the individuals that compete, diversity in the way that contestants organize and collaborate, and diversity in the solutions they develop.
At Nosco we help organizations design and run innovation challenges. We assist you in framing your innovation challenge, selecting the participants, designing the communication, designing the process, engaging participants, and facilitating the competition. Based on our extensive experience with corporate innovation, we also assist companies tackle the other side of innovation. This includes establishing the incubation setup and training and coaching project teams in relation to corporate entrepreneurship, incubation and acceleration of their innovation projects.
Idea campaigns represent a new opportunity for many large organizations – an opportunity to activate the infinite knowledge and experience of people inside and outside the organization through collaboration around specific challenges or questions.
While idea management is closely associated with the discipline of innovation, the potential of idea campaigns is much broader. For example, developing and maturing ideas in the early stages of the innovation pipeline; crowdsourcing solutions to specific technical problems; gathering and sharing ideas, experiences and practices for improving processes and performance; or engaging employees and stakeholders in collaborative strategizing.
We help you clarify the opportunities for leveraging idea campaigns in innovation, problem solving, knowledge sharing and employee engagement. We help you clarify your needs for connecting constituencies and the best approaches for freeing up the flow of ideas through processes that combine online and offline methods. We help you build the capabilities in your organization to identify, define and manage idea campaigns. And finally, we help you design and execute individual idea campaigns for innovation, problem solving, continuous improvement, or collaborative strategizing.
Open, collaborative and distributed have become the guiding principles for corporate innovation. But many organizations are still struggling with transcending organizational structures and engaging people across the organization in the innovation effort.
At Nosco, we help you build your innovators’ community. A community where your innovators and corporate entrepreneurs can connect. Connect for sharing of observations, gathering inspiration about trends and practices, collaborating and developing ideas and innovation opportunities, and staying updated about what’s happening on the innovation front.
Our experience from corporate innovation programs, enables us to help companies transform into collaborative and innovative organizations. We help you define the purpose and target audience of your innovation community. For most organizations, this audience is both internal and external. We support you in clarifying the value creating exchanges within the community and establishing a platform to support the connections and exchanges within the community. We help you define key events and rituals of your community. And we help you launch and roll out the innovation community.
In short, we help you make innovation everyone’s business!