Inovo Group
On September 19 and 20, 2016, 25 people met in Chicago to discuss, debate and share ideas on the state of corporate innovation and its future. By everyone's account, it was a unique opportunity for corporate innovation leaders to meet with their peers to delve deeply into aspects of innovation beyond the soundbites and platitudes common in most innovation events. The Summit consisted of four main segments.
  • Culture - the participants wrote down a few of the 'hidden rules' or heuristics of their companies that they felt inhibit innovation and then participated in a 'feedforward' activity where they paired off in a series of one-on-one encounters in which they asked for and gave advice to a peer.
  • Structure and Process - the participants chose a question from among 5 categories - Problem Solved, To My Surprise, Make a Wish, Go Figure and Survey Says - to discuss and debate
  • Futures - the participants divided into teams and each team chose two trends from which they created a future state of how innovation happens in a company 10 years from now.

Inovo Group
July 6, 2016 – Ann Arbor, MI. – The Inovo Group LLC (Inovo) of Ann Arbor, MI announces a partnership agreement with Growth Science of Lake Oswego, OR. With this agreement Inovo now offers companies enhanced opportunity and portfolio evaluation capabilities based on Growth Science’s advanced tools for accurately predicting the probability of success of new-to-the-world opportunities. “Our parnership with Growth Science will allow us to add advanced analytic prediction capability to our current opportunity discovery, validation and incubation offerings.” states Larry Schmitt, co-Founder and Managing Partner of Inovo.

Inovo Group
The first Ann Arbor Health Hack (A2H2) hackathon is being held in Ann Arbor, MI on June 24-26. The goal of A2H2 is to stimulate new solutions (software or hardware, from an app to a better mosquito net), business models and startups for disease prevention. Over 200 students, researchers and professionals from the biomedical, engineering, IT, design and public health sectors including non-profits, makers of healthcare and disease prevention services, consumables drugs and devices will be focusing on disease prevention in developing countries as well as underserved areas of developed countries.

Larry Schmitt
ISPIM (The International Society of Professional Innovation Management) just completed their Innovation Forum in Boston from March 14 - 16. There were about 200 attendees at the conference with strong academic and non-US (primarily European) participation. Both the tone and the content of the summit were quite different than your typical innovation conference dominated by corporate innovation executives and innovation luminaries.

Larry Schmitt
When: Monday May 23, 2016Thursday May 26, 2016
Where: Hilton Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, Florida
Transformation is everywhere.

Inovo Group
The Conference Board Innovation Master Class is now in its fourth year helping senior-level practitioners drive innovation by exposing them to advanced discoveries, leadership strategies, and new processes and tools. Taking place in 3M’s renowned Innovation Center, this gathering is big enough to ensure breadth of industry, function, and topic, but small enough to encourage candor and camaraderie. It’s truly a class of masters, with presentations from Fortune 1000 firms and other experts, small group discussions, and the kind of networking that can super-charge your innovation capabilities. Inovo is pleased to be a sponsor of this event and to host both a pre-conference workshop and a 'deep-dive' on the topic of Innovation Strategy. Join us at The Conference Board Innovation Master Class Conference.

Inovo Group
The International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM) is holding it's first US conference this coming March 13-16 in Boston. MA. Inovo is an enthusiastic sponsor and will be holding a workshop on 'Strategies for Fixing Your Innovation Growth Gap'. Please plan on coming to the conference - it will be a good one. The button below will take you to the conference web site where you can see the program and make plans for attending. March 14, 1:30pm - 3:00pm: Inovo Workshop on Strategies for Fixing Your Innovation Growth Gap ISPIM 2016 Workshop Most companies face a persistent growth gap – the gap between the growth your current portfolio will deliver and the growth that investors desire and your strategy assumes.

Larry Schmitt
The 5th annual Strategic Innovation Summit was held in Chicago on September 21-22. It was a unique and invigorating experience for all those who attended - 25 corporate, innovation leaders from leading, multinational corporations. These are the people responsible for running the innovation efforts within their respective companies. They wanted to hear about real problems, real solutions and ideas about how they can advance the practice of innovation within their organizations. And they did. From noon on Monday to 2PM on Tuesday, including the evening event at the City Winery, the participants interacted with each other to discuss specific innovation topics.

Larry Schmitt
The Conference Board is holding their 3rd Annual Innovation Master Class at the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, Minnesota on June 9-11  2015.  A key part of this event is the June 9th workshop and June 11 panel discussion being conducted by Larry Schmitt and Brian Christian of The Inovo Group. This workshop and panel will dive into details about the ways companies identify and pursue strategic innovations. Both the workshop and panel will use the results of a survey conducted prior to the event as well as in-depth research Inovo has conducted over the past 3 years.

Inovo Group
Talk to take place Monday, May 18 at 9:40AM. More information available on the FEI site. FEI2015, the annual Front-end of Innovation conference, is taking place May 18 - 20 in Boston. Brian Christian, President of The Inovo Group, will be giving a talk with Gayl Bunes of Cargill on 'Realizing the Promise of Biotechnology in the Food & Ag Sector'.