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Our tools, systems and training programs make these tasks easier. They also keep your teams engaged, fostering a culture that builds your critical in-house capability for identifying new ways of adding value and improving market share.

Deliver impact – the measurable and repeatable results of a well-executed innovation system – with our specialist consultants guiding the implementation of your innovation strategy.

We’ll help you discover and develop the ideas that will make a difference sooner.

Brightidea innovation management platform

Run your virtual ideation and hackathons, collaborative problem-solving and open innovation using the worlds #1 idea and innovation management software. Breakdown geographical barriers and departmental silos to crowdsource ideas and insights from every team, to enhance your innovation strategy and systems.

With more than two million users worldwide and $16+ billion in net benefits recorded to date, BrightIdea can help you engage your employees at scale, collaborate on novel solutions, and foster a genuine innovation culture. It’s also ideal for involving external stakeholders in problem-solving, accessing more talent through open innovation, and tapping into the power of co-creation.

Impact Innovation is the premier APAC partner for Brightidea – the #1 rated idea management software used by global innovators like AXA, Cisco, Dell, General Electric (GE) and Motorola, and more.

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Our Innovation Navigator leads the way for your innovation strategy

Innovation navigator

Scale up innovation in your organisation or get it back on track. Aligning with ISO56000 Innovation Management Standards, The Innovation Navigator helps you measure the strengths of your current innovation system and identify improvements that will increase your return on investment. 

The tool delivers a roadmap that:

  • reduces the complexity of managing an innovation strategy and system
  • focuses on sprints to maximise measurable outcomes
  • minimises the resources required to generate improvements

Your customised roadmap identifies the resources and activities you need to stay aligned with your corporate strategy, and will help you build your innovation system into a strategic and sustainable part of your organisation’s future.

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Training & Culture

Empower your people with practical skills and knowledge to drive innovation and commercial outcomes. Foster an innovation culture that thrives on energised ideas.

Selecting the right training modules for the right team members is critical to building innovation capability in an organisation, whether in the private or public sector. The Skills Navigator identifies key gaps and allows the design of bespoke workshops that meet the needs of the diverse range of stakeholders involved in your innovation strategy. It delivers a skills roadmap to guide your training activities.

Our modules cover the kind of innovation challenges you won’t find addressed by most startup hubs, incubators and accelerators. Module examples include:

  • Identifying innovation challenges
  • Designing validation projects
  • Project validation team management
  • Data collection for adoption

We also provide training in a range of methodologies including design-led thinking, systems thinking, lean startup to name a few.

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Consulting & Strategy

Navigate the complexity of innovation and overcome ‘roadblocks’ by bringing on board the right skills at the right time. Impact Innovation consultants can guide your vision with support at the level you need.

Brightidea, Innovation Navigator and Skills Navigator all provide results to help you build innovation systems that deliver a ROI.

You can implement the activities yourself or call on our team of innovation specialists to help you take your innovation strategy and system to the next level. More than 80 innovation teams across five countries are now reporting better innovation ROI since bringing our expertise on board.

Will you be joining them? Request a free consultation or call 1300 299 505 to learn more.

Innovation Standards

Standards Australia have endorsed a set of ISO Innovation Management Standards that will provide cohesion and a simplified, standardised approach to driving innovation strategy and business improvement.

Standards Australia have endorsed a set of ISO Innovation Management Standards that will provide cohesion and a simplified, standardised approach to driving innovation strategy and business improvement.

The Standards provide a set of consistent approaches and methods to manage innovation and its implementation, aligned with international best practice.

Now is the time to ensure that your innovation program aligns with standards that are driving innovation across the world.

  • There are currently five Standards with another four in development.
  • The ISO Innovation Management Standards are written as recommendations or guidelines. They are not compliance regulations yet.
  • Applying the Standards will ensure your innovation strategy and efforts are aligned with world’s best practice.
  • Organisations that do not consider the Innovation Standards risk being left behind as their competitors apply international best practice methods to improve the value, ROI and impact of their innovation activities

The new standards have been developed from the insights of 44 participating ISO member countries and 20 observing member countries. Brian Ruddle (Managing Director, Impact Innovation) is the chair of Australia’s Innovation Management Standards committee (MB-279).

The Innovation Standards support innovation management systems, regardless of an organisation’s origin or size, taking into account the different ways that companies in various sectors operate across the world.

Australia’s committee has representatives from a large number of industries and organisations that are focused on enhancing innovation outcomes.

ISO 56000 – Innovation Management. This standard covers the fundamentals and vocabulary around innovation systems. It focuses on building knowledge within organisations, looking at IP and how to manage initiatives. It includes guidelines for performance and assessment. It’s built on eight principles of innovation and explores the relationships between different stakeholders in innovation systems.

ISO 56002 – Innovation Systems. This standard describes setting up an innovation management system in the context of how it drives value within an organisation. It looks at what leaders need to do to ensure that innovation is aligned with strategy and the planning around setting up and evaluating an innovation system, e.g. the support required for innovation managers and teams, the resources, the competence, the awareness communication and other tools.

ISO 56003 – Tools and Methods for Innovation Partnerships. This standard describes the value of a partnerships framework, how to go about entering a partnership, partner selection alignment, interactions between partners, etc.

ISO 56004 – Innovation Management Assessment. This standard helps the user understand why it is beneficial to carry out an Innovation Management Assessment (IMA), what to assess, how to carry out the IMA, and how to maximize the resulting benefits.

ISO 56005 – Tools and methods for intellectual property management. This standard proposes guidelines for supporting the role of intellectual property (IP) within innovation management. It covers guidelines relating to creating an IP strategy systematic IP management within the innovation processes, and consistent IP tools and methods in support of efficient IP management.

The four other standards to be released later consider such factors as tools and methods for strategic intelligence, ideas, and innovation operation measurements.

You can find out more, and purchase the International Standards for Innovation Management on the Standards Australia website or on TechStreet

Case Study: Unitywater’s Thirst for Innovation

“To have our people understand this context around what innovation is and how it relates to their jobs, particularly for our field people, empowers the organisation.”  

– Luisa Magalhaes, Innovation & Research Specialist at Unitywater

  • 1530+ ideas
  • 60% company-wide engagement
  • 8 new technology trials

Unitywater needed a systematic approach to capturing and considering the ideas of its 600+ people working across all company departments, including workers in the field.

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Impact Innovation Lab provides members with practical insights to drive a return on innovation investment. Through masterclasses, webinars and moderated discussions we connect and support innovation business leaders with ‘real world’ advice and connections, to help navigate the complexity of business innovation. We share tools, techniques and best-practice examples on turning ideas into valuable products and services.

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