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Global
innovation ecosystem

As a large corporate, the trick is not 'to innovate'. Rather, the trick is to understand all of the innovation and emerging technology that is going on around you. Then, you can dovetail it with your most pressing business priorities. Let us help you discover the art of the possible.

We have longstanding personal relationships with leading venture capital firms, accelerators, innovation labs and 1,000s of startups across Silicon Valley, New York, London, Israel, China, India, Kenya and Cape Town.

And we mean real relationships. Relationships the world’s most renowned VCs don’t have with any other consulting firm. They are the true game changers, the pioneers of innovation, the teams who are investing billions in the best and the brightest startups by whittling down hundreds of thousands of applications to make their very select investments. Find out where the smart money is going.

Together (with them and you), we can provide expert insight and co-create new solutions and business opportunities. Would you like us to introduce you?

  • Executive immersion & alignment visits

    Immerse your executive team in our innovation ecosystem with bespoke visits to the cities at the forefront of the digital and customer first frontier, tailored to your business priorities. Discover the latest in emerging technology, ideas and ways of working. Take home the ideas most relevant to your business.

  • Innovation scouting

    Let us show you potential solutions to your biggest pain points. By delving into our innovation ecosystem we can personally, and quickly, vet products and solutions from the startups inside the portfolios of the world's leading VCs. Get unequalled access and insight into the areas critical to your success.

Explore example agendas

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  • Digital account orientation
  • Know your customer
  • Payments, credit & trade finance
  • Cyber security & compliance
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Blockchain
  • Insurance
  • Customer service
  • Customer insight
  • Wealth management
  • Day 1

    Arrive

    Afternoon activity

    Welcome dinner and drinks

  • Day 2

    Introduction to the week: Elixirr guest & speaker

    Startup visit: A platform that sets out to revolutionise the retail experience, providing retailers with the latest digital content and aisle solutions for their stores

    Incubator visit

    Corporate innovation discussion

    Startup speed-dating event

  • Day 3

    Andreessen Horowitz: Introduction by Partner & presentations from portfolio companies

    Startup meeting: This startup is the market leader in omnichannel personalisation, and is already working with multiple UK retailers.

    Lightspeed Venture Partners: introduction by Partner & presentations from portfolio companies

  • Day 4

    Sequoia Capital: Introduction by Partner & presentations from portfolio companies

    Greylock partners: Introduction by Partner & presentations from portfolio companies

    Startup visit: This startup looks to reduce customer onboarding time and identity validation processes to a single mobile-enabled step.

  • Day 5

    Workshop day 1: new proposition development

    Introduction and ways of working

    Design thinking new proposition / concept

    Rapid prototyping - ideally with startups met on previous 3 days

    Customer testing cycles

    Low fidelity prototype development

  • Day 6

    Workshop day 2: operating structure development

    Setting us up to suceed: ‘Zone to Win’ concept

    What must be true to make the bold moves (Leadership, operations & technology, culture & behaviour)

    Action plans

    Lessons and next steps

    Agree owners for startup follow-ups

  • Day 1

    Arrive

    Afternoon activity

    Welcome dinner and drinks

  • Day 2

    Introduction to the week: Elixirr guest & speaker

    Startup visit: This customer success platform helps monitor customer engagement and metrics to predict churn, upsell, and cross sell opportunities.

    Incubator visit

    Corporate innovation discussion

    Startup speed-dating event

  • Day 3

    Andreessen Horowitz: Introduction by Partner & presentations from portfolio companies

    Startup meeting: Specialising in big data analytics, this startup offers a suite of software applications for integrating, visualising and analysing information.

    Lightspeed Venture Partners: introduction by Partner & presentations from portfolio companies

  • Day 4

    Sequoia Capital: Introduction by Partner & presentations from portfolio companies

    Greylock partners: Introduction by Partner & presentations from portfolio companies

    Startup visit: By analysing mobile application context and usage data, this startup’s app helps companies achieve deeper personal engagement with their customers, and win back dormant users.

  • Day 5

    Workshop day 1: new proposition development

    Introduction and ways of working

    Design thinking new proposition / concept

    Rapid prototyping - ideally with startups met on previous 3 days

    Customer testing cycles

    Low fidelity prototype development

  • Day 6

    Workshop day 2: operating structure development

    Setting us up to suceed: ‘Zone to Win’ concept

    What must be true to make the bold moves (Leadership, operations & technology, culture & behaviour)

    Action plans

    Lessons and next steps

    Agree owners for startup follow-ups

  • Day 1

    Arrive

    Afternoon activity

    Welcome dinner and drinks

  • Day 2

    Introduction to the week: Elixirr guest & speaker

    Startup visit: This platform provides painless purchasing for customers through optimising merchant and mobile operator partnerships.

    Incubator visit

    Corporate innovation discussion

    Startup speed-dating event

  • Day 3

    Andreessen Horowitz: Introduction by Partner & presentations from portfolio companies

    Startup meeting: This startup is changing the game in payments, partnering with financial institutions to offer customers instant transfers and immediate account verification.

    Lightspeed Venture Partners: introduction by Partner & presentations from portfolio companies

  • Day 4

    Sequoia Capital: Introduction by Partner & presentations from portfolio companies

    Greylock partners: Introduction by Partner & presentations from portfolio companies

    Startup visit: This startup empowers SMEs to do competitive business with their free PoS app and card processing systems.

  • Day 5

    Workshop day 1: new proposition development

    Introduction and ways of working

    Design thinking new proposition / concept

    Rapid prototyping - ideally with startups met on previous 3 days

    Customer testing cycles

    Low fidelity prototype development

  • Day 6

    Workshop day 2: operating structure development

    Setting us up to suceed: ‘Zone to Win’ concept

    What must be true to make the bold moves (Leadership, operations & technology, culture & behaviour)

    Action plans

    Lessons and next steps

    Agree owners for startup follow-ups

  • Day 1

    Arrive

    Afternoon activity

    Welcome dinner and drinks

  • Day 2

    Introduction to the week: Elixirr guest & speaker

    Startup visit: Recently acquired by Google, this startup uses sound technology to authenticate users via their mobile.

    Incubator visit

    Corporate innovation discussion

    Startup speed-dating event

  • Day 3

    Andreessen Horowitz: Introduction by Partner & presentations from portfolio companies

    Startup meeting: A start-up that increases security for online transactions through identify verification and anti-fraud solutions.

    Lightspeed Venture Partners: introduction by Partner & presentations from portfolio companies

  • Day 4

    Sequoia Capital: Introduction by Partner & presentations from portfolio companies

    Greylock partners: Introduction by Partner & presentations from portfolio companies

    Startup visit: This startup is the leader in smart cloud security, allowing users to get 360-degree data and threat protection.

  • Day 5

    Workshop day 1: new proposition development

    Introduction and ways of working

    Design thinking new proposition / concept

    Rapid prototyping - ideally with startups met on previous 3 days

    Customer testing cycles

    Low fidelity prototype development

  • Day 6

    Workshop day 2: operating structure development

    Setting us up to suceed: ‘Zone to Win’ concept

    What must be true to make the bold moves (Leadership, operations & technology, culture & behaviour)

    Action plans

    Lessons and next steps

    Agree owners for startup follow-ups

  • Day 1

    Arrive

    Afternoon activity

    Welcome dinner and drinks

  • Day 2

    Introduction to the week: Elixirr guest & speaker

    Startup visit: By analysing mobile application context and usage data, this startup’s app helps companies achieve deeper personal engagement with their customers, and win back dormant users.

    Incubator visit

    Corporate innovation discussion

    Startup speed-dating event

  • Day 3

    Andreessen Horowitz: Introduction by Partner & presentations from portfolio companies

    Startup meeting: By combining pragmatic artificial intelligence and chatbots, this platform allows businesses to connect with customers through smart messaging.

    Lightspeed Venture Partners: introduction by Partner & presentations from portfolio companies

  • Day 4

    Sequoia Capital: Introduction by Partner & presentations from portfolio companies

    Greylock partners: Introduction by Partner & presentations from portfolio companies

    Startup visit: This mobile health company uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to transform wearable devices into screening tools.

  • Day 5

    Workshop day 1: new proposition development

    Introduction and ways of working

    Design thinking new proposition / concept

    Rapid prototyping - ideally with startups met on previous 3 days

    Customer testing cycles

    Low fidelity prototype development

  • Day 6

    Workshop day 2: operating structure development

    Setting us up to suceed: ‘Zone to Win’ concept

    What must be true to make the bold moves (Leadership, operations & technology, culture & behaviour)

    Action plans

    Lessons and next steps

    Agree owners for startup follow-ups

  • Day 1

    Arrive

    Afternoon activity

    Welcome dinner and drinks

  • Day 2

    Introduction to the week: Elixirr guest & speaker

    Startup visit: By analysing mobile application context and usage data, this startup’s app helps companies achieve deeper personal engagement with their customers, and win back dormant users.

    Incubator visit

    Corporate innovation discussion

    Startup speed-dating event

  • Day 3

    Andreessen Horowitz: Introduction by Partner & presentations from portfolio companies

    Startup meeting: By combining pragmatic artificial intelligence and chatbots, this platform allows businesses to connect with customers through smart messaging.

    Lightspeed Venture Partners: introduction by Partner & presentations from portfolio companies

  • Day 4

    Sequoia Capital: Introduction by Partner & presentations from portfolio companies

    Greylock partners: Introduction by Partner & presentations from portfolio companies

    Startup visit: This mobile health company uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to transform wearable devices into screening tools.

  • Day 5

    Workshop day 1: new proposition development

    Introduction and ways of working

    Design thinking new proposition / concept

    Rapid prototyping - ideally with startups met on previous 3 days

    Customer testing cycles

    Low fidelity prototype development

  • Day 6

    Workshop day 2: operating structure development

    Setting us up to suceed: ‘Zone to Win’ concept

    What must be true to make the bold moves (Leadership, operations & technology, culture & behaviour)

    Action plans

    Lessons and next steps

    Agree owners for startup follow-ups

  • Day 1

    Arrive

    Afternoon activity

    Welcome dinner and drinks

  • Day 2

    Introduction to the week: Elixirr guest & speaker

    Startup visit: A startup that provides web services for blockchain, enabling developers to build, monitor and deploy applications in under a day.

    Incubator visit

    Corporate innovation discussion

    Startup speed-dating event

  • Day 3

    Andreessen Horowitz: Introduction by Partner & presentations from portfolio companies

    Startup meeting: The leading provider of blockchain technologies, this company develops new ways to accelerate cryptocurrencies, open assets and smart contracts.

    Lightspeed Venture Partners: introduction by Partner & presentations from portfolio companies

  • Day 4

    Sequoia Capital: Introduction by Partner & presentations from portfolio companies

    Greylock partners: Introduction by Partner & presentations from portfolio companies

    Startup visit: The company has created a bitcoin wallet that allows users to store and pay with Bitcoin, and enable merchants to accept the digital asset.

  • Day 5

    Workshop day 1: new proposition development

    Introduction and ways of working

    Design thinking new proposition / concept

    Rapid prototyping - ideally with startups met on previous 3 days

    Customer testing cycles

    Low fidelity prototype development

  • Day 6

    Workshop day 2: operating structure development

    Setting us up to suceed: ‘Zone to Win’ concept

    What must be true to make the bold moves (Leadership, operations & technology, culture & behaviour)

    Action plans

    Lessons and next steps

    Agree owners for startup follow-ups

  • Day 1

    Arrive

    Afternoon activity

    Welcome dinner and drinks

  • Day 2

    Introduction to the week: Elixirr guest & speaker

    Startup visit: This modern, digital, insurance broker simplifies commercial insurance purchase, management and sharing.

    Incubator visit

    Corporate innovation discussion

    Startup speed-dating event

  • Day 3

    Andreessen Horowitz: Introduction by Partner & presentations from portfolio companies

    Startup meeting: This self-service platform aims to transform the insurance claim journey for customers through a complete multi-channel process.

    Lightspeed Venture Partners: introduction by Partner & presentations from portfolio companies

  • Day 4

    Sequoia Capital: Introduction by Partner & presentations from portfolio companies

    Greylock partners: Introduction by Partner & presentations from portfolio companies

    Startup visit: The app offers will, trust and insurance services in one unified, mobile app experience, helping customers achieve financial peace of mind.

  • Day 5

    Workshop day 1: new proposition development

    Introduction and ways of working

    Design thinking new proposition / concept

    Rapid prototyping - ideally with startups met on previous 3 days

    Customer testing cycles

    Low fidelity prototype development

  • Day 6

    Workshop day 2: operating structure development

    Setting us up to suceed: ‘Zone to Win’ concept

    What must be true to make the bold moves (Leadership, operations & technology, culture & behaviour)

    Action plans

    Lessons and next steps

    Agree owners for startup follow-ups

  • Day 1

    Arrive

    Afternoon activity

    Welcome dinner and drinks

  • Day 2

    Introduction to the week: Elixirr guest & speaker

    Startup visit: This online shop app uses a network of human ‘Operators’ to fulfil customer requests.

    Incubator visit

    Corporate innovation discussion

    Startup speed-dating event

  • Day 3

    Andreessen Horowitz: Introduction by Partner & presentations from portfolio companies

    Startup meeting: This startup have created the first universal digital customer loyalty program offering customisable, unique rewards backed by a seamless marketing solution.

    Lightspeed Venture Partners: introduction by Partner & presentations from portfolio companies

  • Day 4

    Sequoia Capital: Introduction by Partner & presentations from portfolio companies

    Greylock partners: Introduction by Partner & presentations from portfolio companies

    Startup visit: By combining pragmatic artificial intelligence and chatbots, this platform allows businesses to connect with customers through smart messaging.

  • Day 5

    Workshop day 1: new proposition development

    Introduction and ways of working

    Design thinking new proposition / concept

    Rapid prototyping - ideally with startups met on previous 3 days

    Customer testing cycles

    Low fidelity prototype development

  • Day 6

    Workshop day 2: operating structure development

    Setting us up to suceed: ‘Zone to Win’ concept

    What must be true to make the bold moves (Leadership, operations & technology, culture & behaviour)

    Action plans

    Lessons and next steps

    Agree owners for startup follow-ups

  • Day 1

    Arrive

    Afternoon activity

    Welcome dinner and drinks

  • Day 2

    Introduction to the week: Elixirr guest & speaker

    Startup visit: This startup is reimagining commerce by enabling merchants to identify, engage, and retain their best customers.

    Incubator visit

    Corporate innovation discussion

    Startup speed-dating event

  • Day 3

    Andreessen Horowitz: Introduction by Partner & presentations from portfolio companies

    Startup meeting: This startup provides engagement solutions to financial services companies, enabling them to use social media to attract prospects, retain customers and grow their businesses.

    Lightspeed Venture Partners: introduction by Partner & presentations from portfolio companies

  • Day 4

    Sequoia Capital: Introduction by Partner & presentations from portfolio companies

    Greylock partners: Introduction by Partner & presentations from portfolio companies

    Startup visit: This customer success platform helps monitor customer engagement and metrics to predict churn, upsell, and cross sell opportunities.

  • Day 5

    Workshop day 1: new proposition development

    Introduction and ways of working

    Design thinking new proposition / concept

    Rapid prototyping - ideally with startups met on previous 3 days

    Customer testing cycles

    Low fidelity prototype development

  • Day 6

    Workshop day 2: operating structure development

    Setting us up to suceed: ‘Zone to Win’ concept

    What must be true to make the bold moves (Leadership, operations & technology, culture & behaviour)

    Action plans

    Lessons and next steps

    Agree owners for startup follow-ups

  • Day 1

    Arrive

    Afternoon activity

    Welcome dinner and drinks

  • Day 2

    Introduction to the week: Elixirr guest & speaker

    Startup visit: A startup that proves that investing can be simplified and inexpensive by providing goal based adviced for their customers.

    Incubator visit

    Corporate innovation discussion

    Startup speed-dating event

  • Day 3

    Andreessen Horowitz: Introduction by Partner & presentations from portfolio companies

    Startup meeting: A user-friendly, commission free platform that allows users to invest and trade freely.

    Lightspeed Venture Partners: introduction by Partner & presentations from portfolio companies

  • Day 4

    Sequoia Capital: Introduction by Partner & presentations from portfolio companies

    Greylock partners: Introduction by Partner & presentations from portfolio companies

    Startup visit: Provider of investment services that are personalized and automated for the convenience of their clients.

  • Day 5

    Workshop day 1: new proposition development

    Introduction and ways of working

    Design thinking new proposition / concept

    Rapid prototyping - ideally with startups met on previous 3 days

    Customer testing cycles

    Low fidelity prototype development

  • Day 6

    Workshop day 2: operating structure development

    Setting us up to suceed: ‘Zone to Win’ concept

    What must be true to make the bold moves (Leadership, operations & technology, culture & behaviour)

    Action plans

    Lessons and next steps

    Agree owners for startup follow-ups

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