InnovAction exists to Facilitate Innovation into Action.
We work with large businesses looking to get their mojo back and reconnect with customers, and we work with young companies with big dreams.
The InnovAction methodologies and programs evolved out of the work that Grant Downie and Dynamic Strategies were doing with startups and entrepreneurial organisations, after more than 15 years working in and with large enterprises and multi-nationals. The combination of Grant’s experience in organisations of different sizes across various sectors, gave him insights on keys to success that then fuelled a motivation to help more small Australian businesses and startups to grow into their potential.
So now InnovAction is translating between large business and startups, to give them both a shot in the arm.
Every business was once a startup and yet promising young companies struggle with the challenges of growth, especially rapid growth. Here the structure and systems of a larger organisation can help an expanding company to step up again, after a plateau in performance.
Similarly, a large enterprise that has relied on a limited palette of products and services might see their market shifting disconcertingly. Applying small business approaches such as Lean Startup can help a company try many new ideas quickly to re-connect with customers and rediscover their market mojo.
We stage events to get people thinking differently.
When your head’s in a different space, spontaneous insights are common and when you’re focused on creating, as part of a team, different experiences and perspectives can also jolt your thinking, fostering insights.
InnovAction events are delivered in workshops, all day and multi-day formats, driven by the scale and objectives of the participants. We brought the international “build a business” weekend format, Launch48 to Australia from the UK as one of the first business focused “hackathons” in the region.
Shorter formats include the 1 day “Startup Walkabout Melbourne” and the evening presentation “Entrepreneurial Women in Leadership.”
The actions that flow from these events may be as simple as personal resolutions and where appropriate, can be tied to broader objectives such as ideating new product and service concepts or embedding cross functional relationships and collaboration.
To view upcoming and recent events see here.
Our programs are aimed at lifting the innovation capability of individual leaders and teams, even entrepreneurs starting new businesses or building and launching new offerings.
We setup the Melbourne Chapter of the international Startup Leadership Program, SLP, a 6 month general management program for CEOs and founders of early stage ventures. Melbourne is one of 20 cities running SLP and there have been more than 2,000 graduating fellows internationally. We are also working to establish the Sydney Chapter as well.
We are supporting the establishment of the StartUp Foundation, an accelerator program for experienced professionals.