innovation

Are you a creative business in Northumberland looking to expand?

November 24, 2017

The Rural Cultural Business Innovation Programme, part of Creative Fuse North East, is an exciting opportunity for cultural, creative and craft businesses, sole traders and social enterprises in Northumberland to learn and apply effective and modern approaches to product and service development as well as project management. This hands-on programme takes leading techniques from fast-growing […]

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Join us 17/11 for Lean Startup Week 2017 (non) Livestream

October 27, 2017

[cross-post from Lean North East website] Drop in at Campus North on 17th November from 1pm – 6pm As you know, The Lean Startup framework is an established method for max’ing startup success, and – now – for sorting breakthrough innovation in established organisations / corporates. The Blurb Lean Startup Week brings the big ideas […]

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Digital Futures – one year in

September 11, 2017

Introduction I deliver workshops and coaching / mentoring as part of Generator’s Digital Futures programme. It was launched last summer with this description: “Music development agency Generator is hoping to drive growth in the North East’s creative and digital sector with the announcement of a new funding programme. Awarded £1.7m from European Regional Development Fund […]

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Join me at ProductTank Newcastle – Thursday, August 17

August 11, 2017

Intro I’m pleased to be speaking next Thursday in Newcastle at ProductTank. Below I’m reproducing the listing from Meetup. I’ll be channelling the work of Roman Pichler – hire him or buy his book! Agenda: Drinks and networking will start at 18:30, with the speakers starting promptly at 19:00. 18:30 – Doors Open, food and […]

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How Corporates can use the Lean Startup and Business Model Canvas [cross-post]

February 16, 2017

Introduction Colin Nelson is Director of Enterprise Innovation at HYPE Innovation: “a global leader in enterprise social software for idea and innovation management, with over 15 years of project experience and best-practice expertise, and clients around the globe.” Colin and I had previously worked together at Fujitsu, and he – together with HYPE CMO Tim Woods […]

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Boost your business through funded help from me

February 1, 2017

Intro I thought it would be helpful to set out how Founders can benefit from ERDF (and other) funding to avail themselves of my time. Use these funding pots to get clearer about your ideas, your markets, your early adopters, the potential traction, and to minimise your market risk: NE BIC SME Innovation North East […]

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Book now for free Lean Startup masterclasses – this Feb

January 24, 2017

Intro Your second opportunity to learn about Lean Startup and apply it to your own idea(s) and business. Read on, or apply now here. What’s this all about The following event is run over two days, Feb 8th and 15th. Attendance at both is mandatory. Sessions run from 9-5 each day. Following the success of […]

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Join us at Lean North East event on 6th Dec at Campus North

November 22, 2016

… and we’re Back! Join us for an exciting evening with the (re)launch of Lean North East, on 6th December at 5.30 pm (for 6) at Campus North. Lean Startup for Business Innovation The focus of the evening is ‘Why are we Using Lean Startup for Business Innovation’? The evening consists of early drinks and […]

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Sign up for my open Lean Startup workshops at School of Tech!

June 20, 2016

Intro I would like to introduce Newcastle’s brand new School of Tech – an initiative brought to you by the Sharpe family, more details below. In particular I’d like to introduce you to an open course I’m running this summer called “What would you do if you weren’t afraid? Would you have a Lean Startup?” […]

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The Search Manifesto

May 16, 2016

Wingsuit intro Moving on from anything one has committed to is always something of a leap into the unknown. If only it was as polished as Brandon Mikesell flying down the mountainside towards Chamonix…! This post is intended to guide readers about what I plan to do next. The name which sprang to mind is […]

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