September 22 - 23, 2014

2014 Innovation Summit

Big Ideas in the City of Big Shoulders

An invitation-only event for up to 25 (non-competing) innovation peers across industries to pose tough questions and debate creative answers about the innovation topics that matter to them. Inovo moderates two intense half-day sessions with a special mixer event the evening in between.  Secure your unique industry slot with a paid reservation.

When & Where

  • Sept 22

    12pm – 8pm
    Includes a dinner / mixer

  • Sept 23

    9am – 2pm

Workspring – Loop Location
30 West Monroe Street, 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60603
(Get Directions)

Confirm & Register

You can register and reserve your industry slot by contacting Kendra Theriot by August 31st, 2014.

Cost to attend the 2014 Inovo Innovation Summit is $2200 per person*. Payment by credit card is preferred.

* This offsets event production costs and includes all meals and registration fees. Travel costs not included. Registration is not-transferable and non-refundable unless prior arrangements have been made.

Potential Themes for the 2014 Summit – June 2014

The themes and topics for Inovo’s 2014 Innovation Summit are created by the attendees in a collaborative process leading up to the event on September 22, 2014. The agenda will not be finalized until a month before that date. The following is a preliminary list of topics for consideration by the attendees derived from a number of leading innovation sources. Confirmed attendees will be able to add to, change and eliminate any of these – except for the Future of Innovation session. This is the session where we will discuss the future of our profession and get a chance to innovate innovation itself.

  1. Structuring for Innovation – optimizing organization, process and approach to innovation
    1. Different approaches for Sustaining vs. Strategic opportunities
    2. Pursuit of ‘Whitespace’ opportunities
    3. The many facets of ‘test & learn’ vs. stage-gate methods
    4. Organizational, operational and managerial barriers/enablers of strategic innovation
  2. Measuring Innovation – metrics and analytics for the Front-end
    1. Opportunity assessment and portfolio analysis
    2. Innovation and opportunity models and modeling
    3. Innovation process metrics
    4. Emerging tools for innovation analytics
  3. People – building the skills, competencies and support of individuals and teams
    1. Skills, mindset, personality, etc.
    2. Institutionalizing innovation competency
    3. Virtual & global teams – systems to support their efforts
    4. Internal vs. external resources & competencies
  4. Opportunity Discovery – finding the right opportunities first
    1. Future insight – new tools and methods for discovering the future
    2. New methods for opportunity discovery and insight
    3. Business model vs. technology driven innovation
    4. Social networks, idea flow and weak ties for opportunity ideas
  5. Future of Innovation – how the field of innovation is changing and what that means for innovation leaders
    1. The Trends and Forces Shaping Innovation – the pace of change
    2. Technologies we will need to deal with and master
    3. How organizations will evolve
    4. The future customer, the nature of their needs and desires


Inovo Innovation Summit 2013 Attendance

The participants at last year’s summit were people leading the innovation efforts at the following companies:

General Mills
Dow Automotive
Case New Holland
Nestle Purina
Ingersoll Rand

“The number one thing this summit delivers on are the people who attend. It is highly beneficial to be with people who are in the thick of it all and this summit has the right people. The cross section of industries is invaluable for making connections and learning from them. These connections last long after the summit is over.”

Steve Fahrenholtz – General Mills


You may stay at the hotel of your choice. For your convenience, a block of rooms have been reserved at 2 hotels within walking distance of Workspring. Please mention The Inovo Group/ Innovation Summit 2014 when making reservations. Reserve hotel by August 25th to receive the reduced rate.