Starting a conversation about what
good Innovation looks like

The Breakthrough Innovator's Masterclass

Innovation Masterclass: Start a conversation about what good innovation looks like

Who is the Breakthrough Innovator's Masterclass for?

The Breakthrough Innovator's Masterclass is for innovation and business leaders that want to inspire their organisation for innovation transformation and fitness.

You are likely to be in a technology-intensive company. Perhaps you have the ambition to create more impact for your innovation activity and create something new and be seen as a top innovator in your field.

This could be the first step in a wider innovation improvement programme, but you want to inform, educate and inspire a conversation about what good innovation looks like.

Where would you use The Breakthrough Innovator's Masterclass

Your established UK or European-based company possibly with international reach may have become out of tune with the world. New technologies, digitalisation and sustainability transitions are imperative for tapping into the hidden innovation goldmine.

We work with senior business and innovation leaders in central R&D, innovation and new technology groups.

WHEN would you use The Breakthrough Innovator's Masterclass?

The Breakthrough Innovator's Masterclass is for organisations that want to take a fundamental look at how they approach innovation and inspire change.

You see too many false starts or lost innovation opportunities and want to set the agenda for improvement. You see the need to take a fresh look at the way your company approaches innovation to consistently make a bigger impact, faster with greater innovation ROI.

What approach does the Breakthrough Innovator's Masterclass follow?

We provide a seminar for your key stakeholders and innovators with the fundamentals of good innovation organisation; the system. The Breakthrough Innovator's Masterclass includes what a good innovation organisation looks like and creates an inspiring call to action.

The Masterclass works well in combination with the Breakthrough Innovation Assessment to save the waste that a complex organisation can generate from underperforming elements of your innovation system. The Breakthrough Innovator's Masterclass has been delivered since 2019 years in online and in-person formats at innovation conferences and company in-house innovation strategy programmes.

HOW is The Breakthrough Innovator's Masterclass different?

How could you benefit from The Breakthrough Innovator's Masterclass?

  • Our approach is based on world-leading research and best-in-class innovation management practice. We are business associates of IfM Engage at the Institute for Manufacturing at Cambridge University a world centre of excellence in innovation and technology strategy.
  • Our team are experienced leaders from larger technology-intensive organisations who have a career in the development and application of technology and innovation strategy and transformation.
  • Unlike other approaches, Breakthrough Innovator's Masterclass has a direct line-of-sight to real value and tangible, effective and holistic approaches to good innovation management and noticeable business results.

HOW does the Breakthrough Innovator's Masterclass work?

Before the project starts, we need to get to the starting line. First, we will hold a strategy call where you outline your objectives and we provide options for achieving those. We'll also provide you with ways to influence others in the firm to secure an agreement to proceed. When you are happy we will create a proposal along with terms and conditions detailing how the project will work. Then sign the proposal and we can start.

The Masterclass is delivered online or in-person to business stakeholders and innovation leaders in typically a 3-hour session. We will have a call with you to understand the context and your objectives.  We can focus on innovation topics that are your priority. The seminar group, the date, location, time and means of delivery; online or in-person are set. In the weeks before the seminar, we write a short briefing note or produce a video for the participants so they can warm up to the session. Typical topics include;

  • Establishing your Innovation Imperative
  • Why innovation fails to launch; the barriers and challenges.
  • Effective approaches to innovation planning: what should be in the innovator's toolbox?
  • Elements of a high-performing innovation system
  • Priority topics for group work
  • Plenary discussion about key takeaways.
  • Provision of further resources.

What will The Breakthrough Innovator's Masterclass give you?

It will help you start the right conversation about your innovation improvement Hot Topics that sets up the next step in your Roadmap to Innovation Mastery such as The Breakthrough Innovation Assessment or Roadmap to Innovation Mastery programme.

Client Success Stories

“It is always a pleasure discussing strategy with Rob. He is knowledgeable in the field and has a variety of tools and methodologies at his disposal. Rob kindly presented a thought-provoking Technology and Innovation Strategy webinar for the IMechE Manufacturing Industries Division recently which provoked discussion among the members, facilitated the sharing of information, and demonstrated a structured approach to strategy development.”

Dr Martin Cross, Chair, IMechE Manufacturing Industries Division


“I thoroughly enjoyed the Masterclass and found it thought-provoking!  Thank you for inviting me. I can see some possibilities there but need to take some time to digest some of the backgrounds and relate them to the business I am involved in (as a first step).  I will then see where it takes us. It was refreshing to see a broader toolkit approach rather than one particular one being presented. I've identified some of the reading references and will review the video again when it becomes available. In summary, great stuff, it hit the spot for me and it's got the grey matter ticking even more furiously!" R&D Manager, International electronics company

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