Corporate Innovation | Accelerated

Add Breakthrough To Your Corporate Innovation

discover-patent-commercialize-2Discover, Patent, And Commercialize Your Next Breakthrough Innovation With Us

Who We Are And How We Work

HBK_pictureFounded and led by a  serial entrepreneur and innovator who develops market-changing technology by identifying and capturing intellectual property around breakthrough innovation. A computer/ electronics/IoT engineer with more than 90 patents created by working with corporates in many industries. A registered US Patent Agent with 20 years of strategic patent drafting experience. Successful startup with exit onto NASDAQ,  a corporate innovation veteran, and founder of an open innovation community having 1.5+ million tech members. About

The TeamWe form high-performance teams comprised of business analysts who are subject matter experts around our corporate partner's business needs. Collaborating with your business leaders we understand the challenge, identify opportunities, patent protect ideas, and develop solutionsSourcing talent from the global tech community we accelerate the development, piloting, and commercialization of new technologies. We bring the teams into our innovation lab to work when beneficial.

Corporate Partner Focused

We want to be your innovating partner and drive your successful innovation outcomes

Internal corporate innovation can be hard, slow, and frustratingly bureaucratic.  While many corporates try to work with startups to tap into something new, few find meaningful, business impactful, scalable, commercialization success. We can change this type of outcome for you!

Our approach transforms your business needs into a vision by linking patent landscapes with macro-trend mappings. We patent protect the vision and then bring tech talent in to develop, pilot, and commercialize the solution.

Corporates want to think like entrepreneurs but need to launch at scale to realize meaningful revenue quickly. We make it happen! 

Benchmark Your Organization’s Innovation Readiness

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Each corporate innovation journey is unique. Most go through phases of Learning what's possible in the tech community and then begin to Explore the best approaches for their organization. There is a key transition to be made from 'looking' innovative to 'being' innovative which requires organizing internally to successfully Engage external innovation opportunities. Where you are informs what you can do. There is a strong link between a corporate's external tech community activities and internal readiness for external innovation.

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We invite you to take a short survey to benchmark your organization's readiness for external innovation.  

The results of the survey will be used to:

+ Prepare an innovation readiness report which will provide insights and benchmark your organization's current external innovation capabilities, as well as provide some key milestones for successful external innovation in the tech community.

+ Provide relevant case studies around different types of tech community innovation activities and opportunities that may align well with your organization's innovation journey and goals.

+ Identify next step opportunities to grow your innovation program.

Discover | Breakthrough Opportunities

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If you're having a hard time anticipating your industries next move, finding new business models, building a story to sell internally, or identifying a competitive advantage position ahead of your competitors, we can help. We have developed a very entrepreneurial methodology and can collaborate with you to discover and craft a breakthrough vision that can form the basis of an innovation strategy or program for your organization. The process involves:

Developing macro-trends and insight maps. We identify the macro-trends that are driving your industry and connect them at the intersection of consumer insights, technical innovations, and new business models to illuminate opportunities.

Building a patent landscape. We then identify where competitors and key technologies are being positioned. Where you have worries, we can also identify opportunities and areas of interest that intellectual property can be developed to disrupt your competitors.

finding-breakthroughLinking patents and trends begins to emerge and clearly informs where the future of your industry is headed and what technologies and business models can be leveraged to unlock future competitive advantage and revenues. The mapping is used as a tool to identify strategic areas, shape innovative narratives to use internally, and plot to capture relevant opportunities that are well aligned for your organization. The intersection between consumer insights, technical breakthrough, and business models become the guideposts for your patent strategy from which lots of patentable ideas can be harvested to protect the broad opportunity. We can develop with you a patent portfolio, drafting and filing patent applications where needed. 

patent-trend-mapStory-boarding reveals and makes real the market momentum and technical innovations happening that gives rise to new opportunity areas. The vision is brought to life. The experience is designed to inform executives and advance the kinds of conversations internally, in an interactive storytelling medium, that can help shape an approach around how to capture and commercialize newly discovered breakthrough opportunities.

We will develop executive summaries to simplify internal communications and tell a compelling story. As your innovating partner, we will be ready to source a team, develop, and commercialize the vision with you.

Patent | Great Innovations

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There are lots of ways to protect your Company's greatest innovations. Empowering Associates to think big, collaborating to harvest good ideas, and developing patent portfolios to create competitive advantage are some of the ways. Different situations warrant different approaches and getting started is the best way to explore what is right for you.

To do this we will work with your team cultivating innovation, capturing good ideas, and discovering ways to create competitive advantage through patenting. We are eager to engage with Senior Leaders in companies and collaborate with your Company's inside or outside counsel on projects.

+ Workshops. Done well, a facilitated invention capture workshop invites Associates to hear about a challenging area that is important to the business and then journey to explore, brainstorm, and collaboratively share ideas and possible solutions.

Working in small teams, a group engaged in the process can add on to small ideas making them bigger, focus big ideas on solving meaningful business impactful needs, and provide a wealth of insights about the organization that only the diversity of thought can create in an arena of ideas. The harvesting of ideas in such workshops can be plentiful and very rewarding.

+ Idea bundling. Strategies to protect as many ideas as possible, in as few patent applications as possible can reduce patenting costs and create different kinds of much-needed flexibility. For example, buying time to shift the direction of ideas as the development team makes progress in developing solutions, when Marketing engages and forces a course correction, or when a competitor makes an unexpected move in the marketplace.

This technique is also really helpful in fast-changing emerging technology areas, where business models are being tested, when competitors may be poised to disrupt, or like in my startup when there are just way more ideas than budget and you have to operate on a shoestring to make it all fit.

+ Throw some Ink in the water, a term we use to describe capturing a lot of IP in an innovation space to deny competitors opportunities. If you are looking to protect a hot space or just needing to make sure competitors don't follow, consider letting us build out a portfolio for you. 

Together We Will

+ Empower entrepreneurial thinking by sharing how-to and best practice

+ Facilitate Insightful invention capture workshops

+ Develop patent strategies that uncover hidden opportunities

+ Draft strategic patents around breakthrough innovation

+ Capture competitive advantage by building patent portfolios

Commercialize | Engage The Tech Community

We understand the challenges of corporates working with startups and have ways to increase the business acumen of young talent and reduce the risks to corporate executives so organizations like yours can embrace and find success innovating in the tech community.

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Collaborating with your business leaders, this approach coupled with our entrepreneurial management skill set will bring a dynamic to your corporate innovation program that will get breakthrough ideas out of the lab and into the marketplace.

+Together we will

+ Understand the internal and external barriers to innovation in your organization 

+ Crystalize a breakthrough technical vision to reach your goals

+ Implement a patent strategy to protect ideas before engaging the tech community

+ Access a large technical network to find and foster talent, knowledge, and solutions

+ Develop relationship agreements that are well suit to work with startups and universities

+ Turn ideas into products that can quickly be piloted and commercialized at scale


Frustrated Executive Relief

exec-needs-help+ Sometimes executives know exactly what to do and just can't make innovation happen internally. If your symptoms are that your blood boils as you pound sand in a futile effort pitching ideas that go nowhere with senior leadership or you feel like you have run out of runway, finding yourself at a dead-end in your organization. When your barriers to success become your Legal, Finance, or the flat-earth society members in your IT department, take this as a sign your ideas might be too disruptive for the organization and better developed and piloted in the tech community.

Start your own startup with us. We also like to partner with executives transitioning out of corporations who have great ideas of their own. In a similar manner, we can bring your ideas into the innovation lab, create intellectual property to protect them, and then develop, pilot, and help you grow your business opportunities. 

We can bring your ideas into our innovation lab in Atlanta, and develop solutions. Working in an innovation lab environment has lots of advantages such as working around internal barriers, giving tech talent a new home to work in, encouraging senior leaders to meet offsite in a more innovative environment, and speeding the development of solutions.

 


Creating Successful Innovation Outcomes

When you are ready to engage the tech community we can tailor an approach to meet your business needs and innovation goals. There are lots of ways to be innovative in the tech community you might be interested in some of these activities:

Find Talent

TCH-softedge+ Scouting across universities and startup rich tech communities can identify research and startup opportunities. We turn a business need into a company anonymous, non-confidential challenge brief that we then socialize in the tech community. Challenges can be shared broadly or targeted at specific universities or tech-communities. Our tech network can reach 1548372 academics, researchers, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and startups targeting anyone of 453+ universities, institutes, and organizations and 43+ startup-rich technical communities.

+ Talent engagement. Develop innovation challenges and scout for talent at universities and tech-communities of your choice. When you find the talent you are interested in engaging, perhaps through an internship program, you set them up in one of their hometown labs to work on your innovation challenges. The talent and lab become a remote innovation outpost and part of your external network.

Establish Innovation Hubs in startup-rich tech cities. Scout talent in cities of interest. Set your talent up in local labs to work on your innovations, as well as be local tech scouts for you, identifying and reporting on relevant startups and interesting technologies they find.

Access Knowledge

workshop-notes+ Knowledge building workshops bring together Senior Leaders in companies with Researcher who know a whole lot about emerging tech areas. Pick an area of importance to your company. Let us scout to find knowledgeable Researchers working in that space. We then bring the groups together in a workshop format to learn from each other and help your Senior Leaders build some subject matter knowledge.

+ Leverage innovation labs space or offsite meetings to become part of the tech community ecosystem and be among entrepreneurs and startups.

+ Events drive tech community participation. Attracting talent, growing community and building brand equity are a couple of ways well-designed events can accelerate innovation.

Corporate Accelerators

Corporate Accelerators bring the tech community around strategic focus areas important to you and your clients or customers. Some examples strategic focus areas might include, artificial intelligence, connected communities, next generation logistics, advanced vehicles, sports innovation, and workplace safety.

Different from other accelerator models we organize a cohort of companies to co-create together by articulating business needs that we convert into innovation challenges and scout using our open innovation network. 

This model is very flexible and allows participants to have a continuous stream of business needs which creates a steady flow of opportunities to consider and engage the tech community seeking knowledge, talent, or solutions.

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Contact

Contact us to discuss your innovation needs.

TechConnectHub.com
107 Technology Parkway
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092