Core to our work is implementation guidance to conceptualize, research, and execute on new product ideas that support business growth. Our process embodies team building and design thinking to help clients understand how to achieve value for both the organization and their customers. Expertise includes:
Training on the innovation process
Resources for proof-of-concept
Entrepreneurial coaching, especially how to commercialize products
Female-oriented business training branded as STEAMahead
Support for integrating emerging technologies
Many companies talk about the value of becoming more innovative and entrepreneurial, but few discover its true value. The best innovators seamlessly blend organic innovation with external collaboration and investment.
Our approach is to be highly strategic, clear, and systematic so our clients make sure they see measurable and sustainable results.
Clarifying Goals & Values
The first step is to always get clear on why your company will make a financial investment in enhancing it's innovation culture. Though this may sound obvious, this is a huge barrier for many companies realizing the full potential of investing in innovation projects. Many companies find it difficult to articulate the goals, and clarify it for all parties involved. This is the most important step in the process, and it makes sure that all future investments will realize value that is recognized.
For every company, what "success" means in the realm of innovation is very different. We help our clients develop clear and measurable result metrics before beginning any projects. This is necessary as a consistent feedback loop throughout the project development so adjustments can be made along the way.
For a project to be a worthwhile investment, it must have a model for sustained growth. We help our clients conceptualize models for how their programs can continue to grow and sustain themselves to continue to create value.
Outsourced Innovation Is...
Martha J. Carney, the Principal and owner who leads a team of diverse professions with experience in innovation, entrepreneurship and business development.
She is the former Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Director at the College of DuPage and creator of ConVerge - The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at North Central College. Most recently, Martha is Founder of STEAMahead at hub88, a program that helps women prosper financially, in tech innovation and entrepreneurship.
The company has ushered forward hundreds of startups and collaborated with research institutions across the Midwest to lead technology demonstrations that have advanced clean energy technologies.