We Create Radical Innovations
We are a creative, interdisciplinary team of experts located in Cologne, Germany. We manage a high-quality network of 100+ variously skilled senior experts with longtime cross-industry experience and young inspiring entrepreneurs, researchers, designers and developers.
We are Thought Leader and pioneer with regards to Corporate Entrepreneurship. We developed "Excubation" - a proven way to innovate like a startup.
We are Innovation Partners helping corporates to radically innovate. We foster innovative capabilities, culture and mindset changes of our clients.
We are Startup Mentors and Entrepreneurs ourselves. We are well-positioned in the startup scene and provide scouting services for corporates.
Four factors that make us different and our work successful:
We build the best team. Because of our high-quality network of 100+ variously skilled experts, we'll always find the right people for your initiatives.
We combine experimentation with experience. Because we analyse worldwide innovation and entrepreneurship programs, we'll always have industry examples & best practices at hand.
We work separated but not isolated. Because we know the downsides and pitfalls of (external) isolated innovation programs, we'll always ensure the right level of integration.
We know what drives people to become risk-takers. Because we know how entrepreneurs think and motivate themselves, we'll always look for incentives that scale with the value they create.
Who We Are
Our success depends on the strength of our team. We have a deep understanding of corporate structures and a cross-industry network based on 10+ years of management, strategy and innovation consulting combined with practiced entrepreneurship by founding and mentoring several startups.
We're always looking for smart, talented, driven, down-to-earth, fun-to-work-with people who want to make a positive and meaningful impact. Contact us!
A new approach to innovate like a startup
Based on lessons learned of +15 years cross-industry innovation and startup experience we developed a new model called “Excubation” to provide an advanced organisational corporate startup setup for game changing innovations.
Get inspired: Excubation
We Are Passionate Innovators
More than 10 years of global cross-industry research on innovation, over 100 customer projects completed and up to 20 startups founded and mentored - we promise deep knowledge, longtime experiences and lots of market examples when working with us.
You'll need a strategy for radical innovation
Radical, disruptive innovations differ significantly from incremental improvements applied to the core business, e.g. they might challenge the core or attack it. Therefore a solid innovation strategy must reflect these differences
As Peter Drucker said: Culture eats Strategy for Lunch
Radical, disruptive innovations need an innovation culture that is open to conflicts, embraces failure and fosters an entrepreneurial mindset. It has to enable employees not just to think but to act like an entrepreneur
You'll need an ambidextrous organization
Radical, disruptive innovations need to be separated from core business. Because core business focus lies on efficient and effective execution of the existing business model whereas radical innovations are challenging it
Developing your corporate startup "like a startup"
Radical, disruptive innovations need startup tools to be competitive. Constantly iterating, developing, testing, prototyping, scaling - it is a question of speed if you are successful or not and if you can compete with startups
... more than...
...and always innovating.
There is no single formular to radically innovate
Every corporate we are working with differs in terms of strategy, values, vision, flexibility, innovation cycles, need for change, etc. To reflect these differences we usually integrate a couple of steps
We combine corporate-internal research (what's already there, maturity level,...) with external best practices, market examples & our corporate entrepreneurship index
We start with a scoping workshop to clarify objectives, strategy and motivation behind and to structure a clear way forward. We draft a concept and derive requirements
We set up a great team of internals and externals, kick-off the project and guide them through our methodology. We iteratively improve, adjust, align when needed
No matter if a new product or a whole new organization to be build: it's a good idea to test it before it goes live. With excubate you'll be able to pilot whatever you build