About us

Innovation Pioneers is a network founded by innovation leaders and practitioners from consumer, industrial, service and digital industries, experienced in strategic, tactical and operational management of innovation. We have implemented structured innovation as well as managed successful launches of business critical innovations. 

Innovation is essential for business and society. It is a requirement for developing breakthrough services, products and offering. It is the imperative for higher returns, growth and competitiveness. Innovation Pioneers members work with innovation on both a strategic and operational level. They are leaders and visionaries, practitioners and strategists. They aggregate, produce and develop methods, processes, tools and experiences.

Initiated in 2008, the network’s primary annual events include Innovation in Action, the two-day action-oriented Innovation event now in its 7th year, and four single-topic Tank Meetings. The network also produces Innovation in Practice and other learning events as well as  joint development projects, including the publication of “Book of Metrics” on measuring innovation.

The Network is lead by 18 Initiating companies that are elected to manage and drive the network. Selected individuals from these companies participate in the continuous development of the network, it’s actions and projects. A chairman is elected on a yearly basis, for 2016 it is Niclas Ingeström of Stena.

A few examples of what we have covered lately are:  How connectivity can smartify. What the keys for success are in radical projects. How you can manage complexity. How culture beats strategy. Ideation and idea management. Lean discovery, How to sprint from product to service. Exponential thinking and methods for big and small to cooperate.

Our active participants include corporations and other organizations. These are in addition to collaborative partners that include the Swedish innovation agency Vinnova.

OUR VISION is to build innovation capabilities through joint development and networking between top representatives from the innovation community.

OUR MISSION is to aggregate, produce and develop methodologies, processes, tools and experiences to enable increased innovation capabilities within the represented organizations as well as for society.

OUR GOAL is to spread knowledge, tools and insights around innovation, and thereby contribute to greater effectiveness, better performance and further growth in members’ firms.

Through an expanded network of contacts and joint projects, we share information, experiences, methods and tools, building value for our network companies.

Initiating companies:

Alfa Laval
AstraZeneca
CGI
E on
IKEA
Googol
Tetra Pak
Innventia
Scan
Veryday
The Absolut Company
Volvo Cars
SKF
Myndigheten för Delaktighet
Stena
Stora Enso

Some of our Corporate members:
Mölnlycke Health Care
IM - Humanium
Ledarna Sveriges Chefsorganisation
Metso
Umeå Kommun
Sandvik
Brighter
Thule
Polarbröd
Vattenfall
Akzo Nobel
IKEM
Arbetsförmedlingen
Volvo Group
Norrmejerier
Dustcontrol
Sobi
Uponor
Valmet
Move Management
Oriflame
Shifo
OKQ8
Wide Ideas
SP Sveriges Tekniska Forskningsinstitut
Dentatus
IdeaHunt
SISP
ASKO
Flir
Performance Sk8 – the Skateboard Technology Company
Gothia Towers
Insplorion
Ideon
Aura Light
Impact Hub Stockholm
ModigMinoz