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captains-of-innovation_new-logo_squarea full spectrum corporate innovation program designed to help corporations find new products, services, business models, and technologies in today’s global, hyper-competitive environment.

disruption and innovation are lowering the average lifespan of companies. This calls for a change in strategy, new organizational models, and courageous leadership.

leveraging our global innovation presence across the CIC (Cambridge Innovation Center) and Venture Cafe networks, Captains of Innovation is designed to help corporations and large organizations with the full spectrum of innovation. From the start, Captains of Innovation works to develop a customized implementation plan specifically for your company or division. We help conceive and develop ideas, products, and services; find new technologies and business models; connect to startups, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders; produce strategic innovation events; and more.

Let us help you Disrupt your norms

different types of engagement require different strategic approaches. We work with each corporate partner to help you achieve your innovation goals. Partners can select from our list of engagement offerings, or we can work together to create new ones, to develop through a detailed annual implementation plan. Opportunities include:

  • Implementation Framing
  • Ecosystem Engagement 
  • Startup Connect
  • Innovation Events
  • Think Tanks
  • Systems Engineering

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Captains of Innovation is a program of the Venture Cafe Global Institute and works in partnership with the Cambridge Innovation Center.

Our primary implementation partner is the Venture Café Network, a growing movement of local organizations focused on building strong innovation ecosystems. Each local Venture Café is a lead convener, builder, and platform for their community’s innovation ecosystem, with top-notch expertise in deploying high-touch program and engagement offerings.

43f4b4_c5715b77f7ad433ba27252f0364d7e23-mv2Captains of Innovation partners with Next Wave Innovation (NWI), a hybrid, next generation innovation consultancy, to provide unprecedented innovation experience and access to a world class start-up eco-system. NWI helps large organizations innovate and build inclusive innovation cultures, products, and services. NWI leverages cutting edge tools such as scenario planning, design thinking, simulations,  system engineering, and other analytics based approaches to deliver divergent perspectives and strategic guidance to clients.