Service Innovation Challenge

Innovations for a better world

Propelling ideas forward with sponsors from the Executive Board allocated to top idea teams.

Who is Bühler

Who is Bühler

Bühler is a global, industrial solution provider for processing foods and manufacturing advanced materials. Headquartered in Uzwil, Switzerland, they have operations in over 140 countries and employ 13,000+ people.

Eager to tap into the extensive knowledge spread across the organisation – from engineers and scientists to sales and marketing – Bühler has been running company-wide innovation challenges since 2012.

To reach their 2020 sustainability goals, Bühler launched a new challenge in 2018 centered around two objectives:

  1. Reduce energy consumption by 30%
  2. Reduce waste by 30%

How we did it

Idea submission was open to all employees. The top 8 idea authors formed teams to cover each necessary business function. The idea teams were then invited to a 3-day workshop to further develop their ideas.

Once the MVP was built, teams were given an additional twelve months to demonstrate scalability and determine if their MVP had the potential to attract new customers.

  • 341ideas submitted
  • 5,500employees engaged
  • 55 projects accelerated


Check back soon to see which innovations from the 2018 challenge are now being offered to Bühler customers!

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