From the lecture room of Patrick Comboeuf, (#Hwzblockchain), reporting by Irmela Abrahamse,

 Corporate Innovation & Venture Building

Venture Building and Blockchain

Corporate venture building is established through, new models of entrepreneurship, new ventures and effectively combining, agility, flexibility, culture, muscle, new experiences and resources, to enable innovation that provides solutions.

The substance of the lecture was the focus on the question of how companies can achieve competitive advantage. In today’s business environment, which is currently characterized by rapid and distruptive technological changes, firms have to acquire new technological capabilities and explore new business opportunities and models,  in order for them to stay profitable.

Releasing the “innovative forces” in a company does not automatically translate into desired competence building that secures the firms future revenue streams. Firms that have the ambition to rejuvenate their core competencies or to build brand new ones, have a sense of overall strategic development, and a direction with a corporate purpose. The main focus in rejuvination through innovation, is to maintain the firms stability and to maintain their competitive edge.

These types of innovative processes are usually implemented in larger corporate structures under a various guidelines, approved budgets and corporate governance. This does lead to slower development, where as Startup’s have the capability of introducing radical solutions in their products and strategies, enabling them to be far faster in releasing new disruptive solutions that keep them competitive in the current market. Companies are gradually facing the fast development of new technologies such as distributed ledger technologies, blockchain technologies, and crypto currencies, and to maintain their corporate vision, many firms are investing in new compentencies, through developing external ventures, internal innovative ventures, usually introducing innovation venture firms such as evitive, with a core focus on entrepreneural venture building.

Innovation ambition framework: Disruptive innovation

Through Nagji and Tuff’s innovation ambition framework adapation;

  1. The product; (new products) vesus (existing products)

2. The markets; (new market) vesus (existing markets) are based in a scale of values. On the basis of the two mentioned dimentions Nagji and Tuff identified the three main types of innovation: TUFF

  • Core: Companies who adopt the ” core” innovation process, focuses on making smaller changes or optomizing  their core existing products, for the already existing customers. This form of innovation is based on the already exsiting products, that already have a market and is deemed as an asset. These smaller changes are usually small redesigns, or changes to the packaging. Large corporates are well equiped to optimize and improve their already existing product. (Horizon one – Focuses on optimizing the existing business model to maximize revenue, profits and returns)
  • Adjacent:  Companies are using existing technologies, or products in new markets. Companies are using their existing capabilities and putting them to new use. This adjacent process is entering into new markets, and also develop new products that is actual to the current market. (Horizon two – Focuses on emerging opportunities for profits in the near future)
  • Transformational innovation: The main focus is to create new offerings for new markets. The corporate is still focused on his core services or products but the new offering is introduced into new markets, this dual function does create risks but the main focus is rejuvination through innovation, and to maintain the firms stability while maintaining a competitive level through their existing assets. (Horizen three focus on ground breaking ideas that may result in future profit)
  • The innovation matrix“, is similiar to the 3 horizons framework from Mckinsey, these 3 horizons are descibed in his book, The Alchemy of Growth. This framework provides a vision and a framework that allows companies to manage future growth, and at the same time to ensure the existance and future of well established original products.

In conclusion, to achieve a balanced portfolio, larger firms, should not only consider the three horinzons of innovation, but when implementing innovative strategies, firms should be aware about how much investment is focused on low end and niche markets. The lower profits and the higher risks in these particular markets deter the larger firms, even if they work along the three horizens of innovation, the focus should also be on disruptive innovation, this disruption allows for managers to step out of their usual  comfort zone,  by understanding the different types of innovation they develop a common language within their organization leading to managers and teams communicating about the products and where they are within the market and portfolio.

Ultimately the goal is to help companies achieve the balance in their core business, through innovation as rejuvenation and venture building.