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NPIF Accelerating Business Collaboration Project – Developing and Managing Innovation and Engagement

By 1st September 2020 No Comments
This autumn the York ESRC IAA is working with Jo North from the Big Bang Partnership to deliver a series of workshops focused on developing and managing innovation and engagement in research. This programme has been designed flexibly so that participants can attend them as a series, or join individual sessions.
These sessions are part of a programme of support being delivered through the ESRC funded National Productivity Investment Fund Accelerating Business Collaboration project. These activities have a central aim of increasing the skills and capacity of social science doctoral students and early career researchers to engage with business.
Please note that places are limited to 30 for Sessions 1 -3, and 10 for Session 4. Places will be granted based on suitability and research relevance.

Session 1

Your Business Idea: What makes a great business idea, how to validate and develop it

21st September 2020
1.30pm – 3.30pm

Do you have a potentially great project idea that you want to explore further?
Do you think you’re onto something, and want to work it through to the next stage?
If so, this interactive, live workshop is for you.

You’ll work through a step-by-step process to expand your idea, explore its potential, test and validate your thinking and ‘bullet proof’ your approach. We’ll also provide you with an editable Idea Development workbook to accompany the session.

Here’s what you’ll learn:
  • How to define your idea.
  • Tools and techniques to help you explore your idea further and build on your early thinking.
  • An approach to establish how much potential your idea might have.
  • How to ‘bullet proof’ your idea to help it succeed.
  • How to structure your thinking and approach so that you can progress from idea into action.

Session 2

Your Innovation Business Case: A step-by-step guide to building a business investment case for your innovation, from new idea to scale up

28th September 2020
1.30pm – 3.30pm

Do you have a great project idea that needs funding?
Or would you like to learn more about how to create a compelling business case for your funding applications?

If so, come and join us on this interactive, live workshop.

You’ll begin to create the building blocks for your business case, working through a 5-step process to define, demonstrate and communicate the potential value of your project. We’ll also provide you with an editable Innovation Business Case workbook to accompany the session.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • How to communicate your idea in a punchy, clear and compelling way.
  • Tools and techniques to identify the financial and non-financial costs and benefits of your project idea.
  • How to express the potential impact that project will have.
  • A pragmatic and transparent approach to help you deal with risks and unknowns.
  • A format and checklist for writing up your business case to help you structure your thinking and communicate with clarity.

Session 3

Collaborative Innovation: How to innovate successfully in partnership with businesses and other external partners

5th October 2020
1.30pm – 3.30pm

Do you have a project idea that involves collaboration with businesses and other external partners?
Are you thinking through who you need to involve, why, how to approach them and how to structure your project.

If so come and join this interactive, live workshop.

You’ll gain greater clarity on how to shape your collaboration and take it forward. You’ll also have a greater understanding of managing collaboration in innovation projects. We’ll provide you with an editable Collaborative Innovation workbook to accompany the session.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • The challenges and benefits of working collaboratively.
  • How to set up and run a collaborative innovation project, including how to identify and approach potential collaborators.
  • How to bring together people from different organisations, and with different agendas, to create a common goal and shared commitment.
  • Tools and techniques to help you run and participate in collaborative meetings.
  • How to deal with difference, difficulty and potential conflict.
  • How to structure and implement your collaboration plan.

Session 4

Leading Innovation: Leadership skills for innovation projects and enterprise, including Strengthsfinder profile and one-to-one time with the course tutor before the webinar

12 October 2020
1.30pm – 3.30pm

Do you want to develop your innovation leadership skills and learn more about yourself and how you might influence and support others more effectively?

If so come and join this interactive, live workshop. It includes the opportunity to complete your own Strengthsfinder online profile beforehand, and have a one-to-one session online with our course tutor.

You’ll gain greater clarity on your own leadership and decision-making preferences. You’ll also have a greater understanding of how to shape and lead a high performing innovation team. We’ll provide you with an editable Leading Innovation workbook and Strengthsfinder resources to accompany the session.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • The innovation process – and how each stage requires different modes of thinking and decision-making processes.
  • Key competencies of successful entrepreneurial leaders.
  • How to leverage your unique combination of strengths as a leader.
  • How to identify and leverage the strengths and preferences of your team.
  • How to create and shape a high-performing innovation team for your project.
  • Practical influencing skills and techniques.