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.

20161205-20161205Prel 15:00-22:00

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

20161206-20161206Prel 08:30-16:15

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

2016-11-0808:30-22, 08:30-16:30Read more »
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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

Innovation Pioneers Report on our 35th Tankmeeting #3-2016 Exponential Thinking Workshop

2016-09-0608:30-16:15Read more »
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Go from exploration to prototype in just a few hours

6/9 Initiators
Shiptour :13:45-15:00
Initiator board meeting 16-19

7/9 Initiators and Active members
Hosted by Stena





Initiator Meeting at Stena

Initiators on 6/9, Preparations of 2017 agenda

Shiptour : 13:45-15:00

Initiator board meeting 16-19


Exponential Thinking Workshop

In our 35th Tank Meeting we explored the theory and practice around prototyping and exponential thinking without making it complex.  How to go from exploration of a topic to prototyping it in just a few hours.

Innovation Pioneers and Stenas focus in this tank meeting was to understand why striving for  exponential thinking 10X  is not ten times harder, but maybe 1024 times more worth it. Learn why incremental and linear is not safe at all, and how exponential thinking is the best way to mitigate risk.

Normally we think in linear steps but the world is changing exponentially. What if your steps instead of being 1, 2, 3, 4, 5..10 would be 1, 2, 4, 8, 16…1024.

We explored the theory around exponential thinking and why it is important for your company. Participants had the opportunity to practically test the theory in a workshop.

Active members signed up with 1 person from each organization.

Documentation and Reports

Innovation Pioneers gathered findings and report.

Stenas morning presentation:
Innovation pioneers goes 10X with the help of Stena

Stena in Brief

10XLabs Material from the workshop:

Partner content from Innovation Leader:
See details of partnership and offer here.






Book early

Hotel Riverton, 031 750 10 40.

Contact Innovation Pioneers for a discount code.



Niclas Ingeström
Annika Elfström
Tobias Tolf

Innovation Pioneers Report on our 34th Tankmeeting Lean discovery – From product to service.

2016-06-27Read more »
Explore new collaborative creative methods focusing on people and service experiences combined ...

Lean discovery - From product to service

Presented by Innovation Pioneers hosted by Veryday

Explore new collaborative creative methods focusing on people, service experiences combined with product offerings.


We are in the middle of a transformation that enables new habits and behaviors. The late 90’s IT-boom outlined how the Internet would revolutionize our lives e.g. with on-line booking and net shopping, as well social media took its first stumbling steps. The real change came to take longer than expected and with the introduction of iPhone in 2007 the real transformation started.

Today relations with consumers are taking place in many different touch points and channels. Physical, from person to person and digital. Products are one important part of building relationships and loyalty with customers. To win in the market place products must be interacting with smart service solutions to become profitable and meaningful in peoples everyday life.


The challenge for many corporations today is to create a coherent experience for people, customers and employees built on products combined with relevant services.

How is it possible to rapidly build digital service solutions in parallel with physical products?

This was done through the experiences of our network and a joint workshop. The participants got insights in what can be done in their own organization.

Aim of workshop was to

  • Understand Lean Discovery as a method approach
  • Learn more about collaborative methods and experience prototyping methods
  • Understand the power of early prototyping and how that enables rapid market entry.

Workshop – In the workshop we worked with how we rapidly can create a product combined with relevant services. Using prototyping as one method. Within 3 hours, we created and sprint prototyped integrated product and service solutions.

Reports from the day

While discussing the outcomes we received a typical question that many organizations ask themselves when assessing whether to do a sprint or not involving customers in an early phase.

“What of the risk of breaching confidentiality when inviting external parties at an early stage?” The answer to this was that it is a typical way of thinking which locks the organization in an inside and out mindset instead of having the customers POV. There are ways of identifying customer needs anonymously during the process. Ask yourselves, what you may gain from having the customers perspective and what are the risks of not doing it.

Innovation Pioneers Report Takeaways TM34 Lean Discovery

Updated article, August 23. Below you find an article written by Neda Nordin where one take away is that collaborative prototyping can be magical in how it engages a team.
Read more: Innovation Pioneers 34 article on Lean Discovery by Neda Nordin

The process and methodology of a sprint: Sprint-methodology-Innovation Pioneers

Verydays presentation and comments found here:
Summary Lean Innovation workshop written by Veryday.

Now is the time to check out Innovation in Action 8-9/11. Register your participation here!

Some more take aways gathered during the day shown below:

How the results of sprints may look:

Participant comments:

“Thank you for a totally fantastic workshop day! Immensely inspiring, great insights and important business networking!”

Workshop leaders

Ulrika Ewerman
Ulrika Vejbrink
August Michael
Gabriel Åberg

Innovation Pioneers Report: on our 33rd Tankmeeting Idea management for the customers benefit. Do´s and Don’ts!

2016-03-22Read more »

In our 33rd Tank Meeting we explored how to engage large numbers of people in a creative idea process without making it too complex.   

“Increased competition demands increased innovation capabilities. That is why more brains that think in new ways are needed. Those who surprise and dare to stretch limits. Those who wish to contribute to their organisations success. During the meeting it was interesting to find that so many actively work with idea management in some form but that so many at the same time wish to share thoughts and are curious on how others do. This is a sign that it is a complex area. The meeting had high energy and a creative, hands on sharing mindset as always.”

// Pia Wågberg, Workshop leader Innventia

“We see that more organisations realize the importance of being able to handle ideas in a structured way as a part of their innovation efforts.

There are different strategies for how you can handle ideas. As an example you can invest in idea management software or do workshops on the topic. There are also various strategies for how to follow up on gathered ideas.

This workshop adressed how to engage a large number of people in a creative process without making it too complex. Also how to motivate your coworkers and elevate motivation.

The aim for the participants were to get a picture on how to engage their coworkers in their idea generation efforts. This was done through the experiences of our network, research and a joint workshop. The participants also got insights on what can be done in their own organization.

We were able to see how organizations find it more and more complex when they move further in the ideation process towards the commercialization. Ideas are abundant but how do we take them to market is of utter importance. This will be something we will address during the rest of the year and specifically at Innovation in Action 8-9/11.”

By the way, half of the registered participants at the meeting were women!

// Kim Silvasti, Innovation Pioneers

“Many organizations experiment today with new practices in idea management. A forum

like this think tank gave an excellent opportunity to share success stories and to

together tackle and find solutions to the challenges firms encounter when trying to

proactively work with ideas and the creativity of the whole organization, or even

beyond. My main take away from this very open, collaborative and enthusiastic network

is that while we have come a great distance compared to a few years ago, there is still

many new ideas about idea management and that we will see many new practices that

will help organizations to fruitfully nurture and open up for the creativity of all

employees in the quest to find, create, develop and launch new innovations.”

// Jennie Björk Ph.D. Associate professor, KTH

Innovation Pioneers Report – TakeAways – TM33 – 2016 Idea Management

Innovation Pioneers – Idea Management – A Summary

Innovation Pioneers – Idea Management – The Individuals Perspective

Innovation Pioneers – Idea Management – The Organizations Perspective

Innovation Pioneers – Idea Management – The Societys Perspective




Workshop Lead by

Workshop Leaders

Pia Wågberg
Jennie Björk

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