The training takes place on 2 Saturdays, 1 week apart. The entire programme (including pre- and post- interviews and surveys) takes place over a three month period. Another follow-up will be conducted three months after the end of the programme.
The June-August 2019 training programme is currently underway. The next run of this training programme will be conducted within September 2019 to November 2019.
Innovation is the lifeblood of
the economy and of organizations today. Any innovation or business venture
originates from a discovery of new market opportunities. This workshop will
introduce to participants the key innovation skills that are required to
identify and evaluate business opportunities that may be the start of
participants’ entrepreneurial journeys. The content the workshop will cover
Design Thinking, a tool and approach towards
innovation: Design thinking has become increasingly popular in the world of
business, with small & medium to large firms like P&G and SAP using and
advocating the Design Thinking approach. Design thinking, emphasizing
Human-Centered Design and empathy driven solutions, has been promoted widely by
design firms like IDEO and Stanford University’s D School. It has now become a
must-know tool for companies keen to grow and flourish through continuous
innovation. The course will introduce participants to the key principles of
Creativity tools and framework that help with
problem solving and ideas brainstorming: Creativity
refers to the use of imagination or original ideas to generate something novel.
We will train participants to engage in divergent thinking, which refers to the
deliberate attempt to generate multiple, novel and original ideas using a
series of exercises and frameworks.
Pattern identification - examining the latest
trends in technologies, business models and consumer behavior: Cognitive heuristics help individuals to
interpret information and generate linkages to existing knowledge, helping to
generate more business ideas. We train individuals to identify and perceive
connections between seemingly unconnected trends and events. Through
a series of exercises, we will train participants to identify latest trends and
apply pattern recognition techniques to recognize trends and to use the trends
to identify new opportunities.
Ideas evaluation: Participants will be trained
to apply various criteria to evaluate business opportunities to determine which
ones may be worthwhile pursuing.
Development: Participants will unlock the potential of creating value to the
lives of their chosen customer segment through the use of templates that aim to
uncover and achieve the ideal fit between the target customers’ needs and the proposed
product or service.
You will also learn about what makes entrepreneurs “entrepreneurial” by
discovering the effectual principles that govern how successful entrepreneurs
think and act. Finally, you will have the opportunity to create a personal
development plan by considering your core values, assessing your strengths and
weaknesses, and developing a realistic game plan to help you achieve your
ultimate entrepreneurial goals and aspirations.
As part of the programme, you will also be asked to respond to questionnaires and short interviews that will track your idea development over time. Monetary incentives will be provided for your time and effort. More information is provided in the Research Information page.
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