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Our 38th Tankmeeting #2-2017 – Disruptive Scenarios. Exploring the Perfect Storm

2017-05-09Read more »
Join Googol in this disruptive workshopday

Disruptive Scenarios

The purpose of the workshop was to explore and experience different methods on how to create future scenarios. Throughout the day, the participants were divided into smaller groups to share insights, thoughts and experiences. Find the take aways, description of the method used and report below.


Report from the tank meeting with added suggested readings to further deepen your knowledge here.


Disruptive Scenario Planning Innovation Pioneers

Description of the day at Googol.

Scenario planning – the link between future and strategy.

Strategies should be based on what you may foresee the future holds. Planning for the most likely scenario, while still being agile enough to change when change inevitably happens, should be core for most companies.

During this Tank Meeting in May, hosted by Googol, you learned about five different methods on how to create plausible future scenarios, each method having its advantages. In workshops we dove deeper into one of them.

One of Innovation Pioneers firm beliefs and core values is that innovation is driven by diversity. We aim to have a balance of gender, origin and various industries and organisational forms represented at our meetings.


Initiators Only –  Initiator board meeting.


Initiators and active members  – Workshop day – Tank meeting


Dr Bengt Järrehult on the topic Asymmetric Collaborations. Big and Small. In Swedish.

Dr Bengt Järrehult Asymmetric Collaboration. Samarbetet mellan stora och små. Långsamma och snabba. Här hittar du svaren på hur man gör.
Dr Bengt Järrehult on the topic Asymmetric Collaborations. Big and Small. In Swedish.
How do you select partners and deepen your engagement with startups?
Together with Professor Bengt Järrehult you will explore how big and small companies can collaborate to create innovation. You will also discover what different types of collaboration there are and how possibilities and potential hurdles can be met.
Find our next tank meeting and workshop here.

Our 37th Tankmeeting #1-2017 – Blockchain a digital disruptor – a revolution in how we buy services.

Initiators 14-15/3, Active Members 15/3

Sign up for the next tank meeting now.
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This Tank Meeting introduced the CGI Digital Day Methodology, which aims at increasing awareness by experiencing the power of industry disruption.
The digital day methodology helps people get insights in an area where disruption is close in any and every industry.

The aim of the tank meeting was to explore different perspectives of Blockchain through role-play and scenario acceleration. We focused on the Blockchain revolution which is on its way, and we wanted the participants to experience this as we invited some organizations to this journey.  One conclusion all participants agreed upon was that blockchain will affect you and your business.

Learning & Insights

Find the report from the tank meeting here.

The CGI / Innovation Pioneers webinar on April 6
Report from webinar in pdf.
Play recording from webinar. 50 minutes. (You may need to download webex app to be able to listen in)

Comment during the webinar.
Q: Do we need to replace our existing processes?
A: No, do a hybrid, find the intersections with the “old way” and blockhain. Create a roadmap how to gradually implement blockchain to your process by testing and prototyping.

Web & Video
Princeton University Free Course: Intro to Crypto and crypto currencies 

Two Recommended Ted Talks

Introduction to Ethereum
Highlevel, Hashing & Merkeltrees
Understanding the Ethereum Blockchain Protocol

The Ether Review (more technical)
Unchained (more business oriented)

Examples on implemented blockchain.

Literature (mostly business oriented)
The Business Blockchain, by William Mougayar

The Blockchain Revolution, by Don Tapscott

A pdf in Swedish on the subject. Written by David Bauman, Pontus Lindblom and Claudia Olsson and released by Näringslivspolitiskt Forum here.

Swedish Government agency Lantmäteriet on blockchain as a technical solution for real estate transactions found here.

Ted Talk

Är du på ett etablerat bolag och vill träffa startups under Sveriges Innovationsriksdag 25-26/4, missa inte att anmäla dig! #innovationpioneers #sisp

Är du på ett etablerat bolag och vill träffa startups under Sveriges Innovationsriksdag 25-26/4, missa inte att anmäla dig! #innovationpioneers #sisp

“Om våra stora företag och vår offentliga sektor kan lära sig att hitta modeller för att jobba med innovativa entreprenörer så kan vi verkligen förändra världen. Och framför allt, ta oss an den digitala transformationen.” Se hälsningen från Marie Wall, Sveriges Startupansvarig inför #SIR17

Established Companies & Startup Match Making at Sveriges Innovationsriksdag 25-26 April

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Innovation Pioneers is proud to announce partnership with SISP & Ignite for strategic match making between established companies and startups.

 Only a few spots left for the strategic match making. Do not hesitate to sign up if Corporate Venturing is on your agenda.

Innovation Pioneers is proud to announce partnership with SISP & Ignite for strategic match making between established companies and startups.

Innovation is crucial. Establishing tighter bonds between Sweden’s vibrant startup scene and the country’s thriving, established companies is necessary to increase the pace of innovation and economic growth.

Are you an established company that wants to explore strategic benefits with startup collaborations? Do you want to boost innovation within your company at the same time? Sign up for this opportunity at Sveriges Innovationsriksdag in Norrköping & Linköping 25-26/4 via the link below, and you will be contacted shortly for an interview where Ignite & SIR17 makes sure you are given the best conditions and an agenda for strategic prebooked meetings with startups.

Sveriges Innovationsriksdag  is the largest national annual conference that brings together the core of the Swedish innovation system. It involves leading politicians, policy makers, representatives of innovative environments, universities and institutes, industry representatives and other opinion leaders.

The theme of 2017 is Digital Transformation, Corporate Venturing and Innovation Procurement. A central part of the event will be a match making between established corporations and startups. Read more here, and sign up here.

If you are one of our members and wish to participate without the matchmaking part you may register your participation here.

Sveriges innovationsriksdag is organized by the Swedish Incubators & Science Parks and is a collaboration with a range of business and interest groups, authorities and other actors in the innovation system, Innovation Pioneers being one.

The reason why a 77 year old insurance company started a separate VC Group was that they were looking at how to grow and diversify their revenue; They asked themselves, “how do we identify new products and solutions that aren’t currently contemplated within our health plan; and also to identify technologies that would help us run our business better.” Read more in our partner content from Innovation Leader here.

Below you may immerse in a report from Insead and deepen your knowledge. How do the World´s Biggest Companies Deal with the Startup Revolution. Find the report from INSEAD here.

YouTube from Innovation in Action 2016

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Innovation Pioneers Report on our 36th Tankmeeting #4-2016 Success factors for Big and Small to Cooperate and Collaborate to create Innovation

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The first tank meeting 2017 on the topic Blockchain. The question is not if Blockchain will affect you and your organization. It is, HOW it will affect you. More information here.

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5/12 Initiators Only –  Initiator board meeting.

Initator meeting Agenda


Thule Group: Passion for innovation-driven growth. This was a presentation and dialouge on how Thule changed their Innovation Culture lead by Magnus Welander CEO of Thule Group.

8 take aways from Magnus presentation. Thules Culture Change.

  • Know your history and tell it.
  • Use your strengths more. In Thules case. Scale down to be able to scale up.
  • Be engaged in the world around you and do it passionately.
  • Dare to pause and look at the future.
  • Follow favorable trends and take logical leaps in your visions direction.
  • Capture emotions and build for long term growth.
  • Dare to invest and dream
  • Build on continous joy and motivation

Presentation found here.

Setting the agenda for Innovation in Action 2017.

Initiator Dinner

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6/12 Initiators and active members  – Workshop day – Tank Meeting


Together with AstraZeneca we discussed new methods and ways for large and small organizations to collaborate and cooperate.

Find the report from the tank meeting here.

We started with the eight types of Asymmetric Collaboration  – Find Prof. Bengt Järrehults full presentation here. And Bengts how to select partners, deepen your engagement with startups and a summary on how to make asymmetric collaborations deliver on innovation here.

After that we used the BioVentureHub in Mölndal as one example of how to do this.
Find CEO Magnus BJörsnes presentation here.

The Bio Hub is AstraZeneca’s contribution to a more dynamic and competitive life science ecosystem in Scandinavia. A new business model of adding value & reducing risks. Our discussion started here and expanded into the participants industries.t the Mölndal site Astra Zeneca opens up their offices, laboratory space and facilities to academic groups and biotech companies that could benefit from AstraZeneca’s corporate R&D infrastructure and R&D competence. How does Astra Zeneca align high calibre academic groups to the AstraZeneca strategy, and biotech companies that could gain competitive advantage by tapping into their expertise.

AstraZenecas BioVentureHub lead by CEO Magnus Björsne is a new business model for the life science industry as it adds value by allowing companies and academic groups within the BioVentureHub to operate at a lower cost base, by utilizing the AstraZeneca capabilities, know-how and infrastructure.

There is a huge value base within pharma and the BioVentureHub introduces novel mechanisms for its utilisation. The BioVentureHub business model enables true win-win constructions for all parties involved: the company/academic group, its investors and AstraZeneca.



Magnus Björsne
Bengt Järrehult
Annika Rutgersson
Matti Ahlqvist
Mats Sundgren
Sanja Beyowich
Leif Schweitz

Innovation in Action 2016 – Beyond Ideation – on the 8-9/11 2016

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2017s first tank meeting. Our 37th Blockchain..

Beyond Ideation – As the leading symposium on innovation in Sweden, we aimed our focus at the valuable steps towards commercialization. This was the seventh consecutive year of sharing routes to increased innovation capabilities.

We focused on what happens after the ideation phase. How you bring your solution towards value creation. We carefully selected what topics we addressed and who lead the workshops and afternoons dialogues. Those selected are experts in their area and willing to share their knowledge.

Find take aways from our thought leaders here.

Don´t miss the offer from our content partner Innovation Leader. $100 off the annual membership fee. Use the code: action100

Reports & Reflections

One Wish Award, IM & Humanium

Read what the Washington Post writes about Humanium Nov. 17 here.

Members, join us in fulfilling The One Wish

Participant reflections:

Neda Nordin

Jacob Westerlund


WS 1: Ten Types/Areas of Innovation

We elaborated around the insights, strategies and activities that actually have your organization combine types and areas of innovation that deliver higher rate of value creation. This was the workshop for you that wish to increase margins, customer satisfaction and market penetration with your portfolio.

Workshop material found here.

Workshop report found here.

Quotes from the workshop:

“The result from the method was clear and it makes it easy to compare yourself to other companies.”

Jörgen Lundberg, Valmet AB

“You quickly became very creative.”

Isabell Oskarsson, Volvo Cars


Workshop Leaders Ten Types/Areas of Innovation

Dr Bengt Järrehult
Gittan Schiöld

WS 2: Avoid the Void

Many firms fail in bringing an often valuable portfolio of opportunities to the project and ultimately solution phase. This workshops focus is on bridging the void “where great ideas die due to lack of decision and resources”. Experiences were shared and tools taught and developed. Focus was also on putting more traction behind the portfolio and delivering better idea/project ratios.

Find the workshop material here.

Workshop report found here.

Participant reflections:

Neda Nordin

Workshop Leaders Avoid the Void

Sven Andrén
Shirine Bauer

WS 3: Create a HYPE

Creating a hype, it’s about connecting to fans.

In this workshop we started from the fact that you already have a great product/service. You have created a “WOW” but how to create a pull from the market was adressed. Aim is to find how to generate fans.

We tried different models for this and got deep insights on how matters such as customer involvement can influence the whole process.

Workshop report found here.

Reflections from Klas Bertilsson found here.

Quotes from the workshop:

“Everything is about stories. We should be better at sharing the stories of others, and encourage others to share our stories.”

Linda Fredell, Sqore

“Sweden is an engineering country. We are spoiled with our access to great resources and large industries. Working more with customer engagement is exactly what we need – it will have the greatest impact on our corporate culture.”

Bo Olsson, IKEM

Workshop Leaders Create a HYPE

Anne JM Norman
Jessica Bondesson
Cecilia Andrén Nyström

WS 4: Time to market - Leapfrogging the commercial process

To bring higher rate of return at a faster pace, you can decrease time to market through Design Thinking. Topics included were; What happens when we transfer ownership between different project holders? Can we secure the drive, love and ambition behind the vision? How do we implement design thinking, rather than just hear and dream about it. What actual benefits will we have from it?

Workshop report found here.

Team Videos: 

Quotes from the workshop:


 “Prototyping encourages constructive and fun interactions while giving tangible outputs. I am a fan and the POP tool looks cool.”

Hubert Smurawa, Oriflame Cosmetic


“Paper and tape is under rated, to develop prototypes is an excellent possibility and opportunity to quickly realize an idea and make it more tangible.”

Erik Näf, Absolut Vodka


“Prototyping enables quick feedback and fast solutions.”

 “Building on each other’s ideas by prototyping is a quick and powerful tool.”

 “Direct feedback with a physical prototype helps speeding up the process instead of talking and talking.”

 “App development will give different results than Powerpoints”

 “Making the film was a great tool to make an idea more concrete”


Workshop Leaders Time to market - Leapfrogging the commercial process

Ellen Sundh
Ulrika Ewerman

WS 5: How Entrepreneurship Brings Better Innovation Capabilities

This workshops focus was around entrepreneurial activities and behavior in large organizations and how collaboration between large-small, slow-fast and mature-novel firms can take place and methods to accomplish this.

We looked at corporate venturing, collaborative methods, science parks and incubators and how to work with these.

We talked about conversions of fans into ambassadeurs and alike topics. We had visiting examples and nota bene, this was a workshop, not a lecture, so we expect the room to be a large part of the content provision and finding methods and tools for creating value, as always at Innovation In Action.

6 minutes of Virtual Reality with Dariush Ghatan found here.

Workshop report found here.

The workshop participants are post Innovation in Action in an ongoing task with material that will be published here.

Participant Reflections:

Neda Nordin

Workshop Leaders How Entrepreneurship Brings Better Innovation Capabilities

Magnus Lundin
Dariush Ghatan
Björn Larsson - Zoomability

Meet the Thought Leaders

Åsa Caap is a Stockholm based intrapreneur, founder & CEO of Our/Vodka. She will give us the answer to if it is possible to drive innovation as a startup in a global company and how to establish a world wide brand that will be marketed and produced locally.
Åsas presentation found here.

Pär Larshans told us about his experience in building an extreme fan base. How to turn fans into customers and customers into fans. This based on the work and the launch of the sustainability work at MAX. We also heard about how Pär uses these experiences in Ragn Sells where he works as CSO.
Pärs post Innovation in Action Reflections:
“The largest cooperation’s fears the smallest companies if the competition includes sustainability and a strong value based engagement. The success in future business you will find in the challenges that society face – if you can address them, it will work as an power boost for your innovation. The Innovation pioneers arena gives energy as well as inspiration, but the most important are network and contacts you will need as a pioneer.”
Pärs presentation found here.

Johan Ronnestam is one of Sweden’s leading authority in the field of creative and conceptual thinking, and skill of innovating brands and communication. Johan (Follow @insta) will lead and involve us in a dialogue on how to take us from the WOW to the commercialization.

Elin Elkehag – Stilla shared her story of how she built a hardware startup from an idea to a patent pending product in 100 days and involved us in a dialogue on how to involve fans and customers in the launch and commercialization of a product through crowdfunding.

Filistin & Amjad Aloul – The Forgotten 280 Billion

– The power of purchase among the immigrant groups in sweden.

Meet Amjad and Filistin Aloul from Crossborder Communication. They identify the needs and consumption habits among the immigrant groups in Sweden. They will show us hidden facts that involve huge commercialization opportunities for many companies and organizations.

Humanium the worlds most valuable metal. 

There are more than 500 million illegal guns in the world. As a result, someone is shot and killed every minute.

Humanium is a new material made of recycled metal from weapons destruction programs. The metal is melted and molded into certified units, and is now made available for commercial production.

Join us in a conversation with Randall Wright  on entrepreneurship and innovation as well as get an understanding on what MIT ILP is. What it takes to engage with the ILP and what the benefits of collaborating with ILP are.

The MIT Industrial Liaison Program (ILP) established 1948 is dedicated to creating and strengthening mutually beneficial relationship between MIT and corporations worldwide.

Björn Larsson of Zoomability

A Free Mind in Motion – The Zoomability Story – How would you recruit a pioneer?

Björn illustrated the challenges during the commercialization process that occured when having a disruptive solution that did not fit in the “usual” channels and models of distribution. This while going Beyond Ideation.

Åsa Caap
Pär Larshans
Susanna Bill
Johan Ronnestam
Filistin Aloul
Amjad Aloul
Randall Wright
Björn Larsson
Elin Elkehag

Innovation in Action 2015

Individuell Människohjälp & Humanium is awarded the One Wish Award

Med Humanium metal, en metall bestående av nedsmälta illegala vapen, vill IM bjuda in företag att vara med och bekämpa vapenvåldet i världen. Nu belönas initiativet med One Wish Award, som Innovation Pioneers International delar ut årligen.
– Något som för många handlat om destruktion, handlar nu för många fler om konstruktion, säger Dariush Ghatan, initiativtagare till One Wish Award.

Det finns mer än 500 miljoner illegala vapen i världen, och som en följd av detta dör någon varje minut. Förekomsten av illegala vapen har enligt FN en negativ inverkan på BNP på i snitt två procent.

IM jobbar med bistånd och fair trade i flera våldsutsatta länder och vill med initiativet Humanium metal, en metall bestående av nedsmälta illegala vapen, bjuda in företag att bli en del av lösningen. Konceptet bygger på att företag använder metallen i sin produktion och på så sätt bidrar till arbetet för en fredligare värld. Även småföretagare och privatpersoner kan köpa en tacka och på så sätt stötta initiativet.

– Vi är särskilt glada att årets pris går till IM, Individuell Människohjälp för projektet Humanium metal. Vid sidan av att det angripna problemet är enormt aktuellt och relevant, har vi fastnat särskilt för ansatsen till lösningen. Det som varit skadligt kan nu istället bli värdefullt, än mer värdefullt i sin nya skepnad än i sin skadliga. IM har genom att uppmana till samarbete skapat ett projekt som på alla sätt differentierar, engagerar och skapar mervärde. Det är precis detta innovation skaleda till, säger Dariush Ghatan som grundat Innovation Pioneers och tagit initiativ till One Wish Award.

One Wish Award är en utmärkelse som nätverket Innovation Pioneers årligen ger till en organisation eller ett initiativ som arbetar i syfte att förbättra miljö och/eller sociala förhållanden. Mottagaren har valts ut bland de nominerade och anser fylla kriterierna på bästa sätt, bland annat att genom samverkan syfta till att skapa värde och inspirera andra att göra detsamma, samt att på detta sätt sprida kunskap och bidra till ökad innovationsförmåga i samhället.
Priset delades ut på tisdagskvällen under nätverkets tvådagarsevent Innovation in action 2016 i Stockholm.


Take Aways and Experiences of MIT and Boston with Innovation Pioneers

2016-09-28Read more »
Take Aways and Experiences of MIT and Boston with Innovation Pioneers

Take Aways, Articles and Reports

This event was by special invitation only and was fully booked.

Take aways and visual content of the trip to Boston Full  L a r g e  presentation with found here:


Above presentation split up in smaller parts found below:

Overview and takeaways

Day 1 at Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship and MIT ILP
Presentation: day-1-at-martin-trust-center-for-mit-entrepreneurship-and-mit-ilp

Here is the Silicon Cowboys movie that was recommended by Bill Aulet as a true David vs Goliath Tech Tale.

Here you may find the article by Randall Wright of MIT ILP on
How to Get the Most From University Relationships.

Day 2 at MIT Media Lab
Presentation: day-2-at-mit-media-lab

Day 3 CIC
Presentation: day-3-cic

Partner content from InnovationLeader


See details of partnership and offer here.

Participants reports and articles

Martin Högenberg and CGI´s reflections and take aways from the trip may be found here.

Article written by Klas Bertilsson found below:





Corporate Entrepreneurship. How is it structured and what does it deliver? How do you build new ventures within large organizations? Guided by professionals we took on a journey in this subject.

We started the morning at 10 am by meeting Senior lecturer and Managing Director of Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship William Aulet who in addition to his work at MIT works with individuals and companies to become more successful through innovation-driven entrepreneurship. From single entrepreneurs trying to launch new ventures all the way up to large multi-billion dollar corporations seeking to achieve their goals through entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, and innovation.

We were also be joined by Sarah Jane Maxted who is the Executive Director for the MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (MIT REAP). This hands-on initiative is designed to help regional leaders accelerate economic growth and job creation through innovation-driven entrepreneurship. This 2-year program for global regions educates, engages, and enables regional teams in the development and execution of a well-designed acceleration strategy focused on entrepreneurial activity.


At 2 pm we met with Randall Wright of MIT ILP to have a dialogue on entrepreneurship and innovation as well as get an understanding on what MIT ILP is. What it takes to engage with the ILP and what the benefits of collaborating with ILP are.

The MIT Industrial Liaison Program (ILP) established 1948 is dedicated to creating and strengthening mutually beneficial relationship between MIT and corporations worldwide.

Mr Michael Schrage joined us to discuss the topic of “Who do you want your customers to become”.
Mr Schrage is a Research Fellow at the MIT Center for Digital Business and the department of Initiative on the Digital Economy

Together with Prof. Maria C Yang we had a dialogue on the process of Design.
Prof Yang is the Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Systems at the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering.


MIT Media Lab

MIT shared how the Media Lab is built up, their main principles and how the system with their partnership with companies and organisations is working. Why is Media Lab so attractive, what does it take to be a member and what do the partners say about their collaboration with the Lab? What are the challenges and what is important to organize for in order to benefit from the partnership? These are questions we will be able to address to the representatives for the Lab. We will also be able to see some of the interesting work which takes place in the many multidisciplinary research teams at the Lab.

At the lab we were presented with the below agenda:

1. Welcome & Overview MIT Media Lab by Ryan McCarthy
2. Tour of the Media Lab & discussion of research in the various groups
3. Discussion of engagement options with MIT Media Lab
3. Lunch and follow up discussion in group

MIT Media Lab at a Glance

Quorius on the Media Lab. Read their FAQ.


Arranged by Innovation Pioneers at:
Legal Sea Foods Long Wharf

Long Wharf


Visit to CIC Boston and Post Meeting Discussions in the afternoon


Meeting with Managing Director Stas Gayshan and visit to CIC Boston. We engaged in a dialogue on entrepreneurship, collaborative models and how large and small organizations meet.

Joint dialogue on what the benefits and key take aways of a University collaboration can be.

Location and address CIC Boston

End of afternoon session was at 4.30pm