Managing Innovation Workshop

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Start Date: 19 Nov 2014

Start Time: 2:00 PM

End Time: 6:00 PM

Duration: 4 hours

Capacity: 25

Venue: The Presentation area, GROW…@Green Park, Reading

Member price: £35.00

Non-member price: £75.00

Event Partner price ?: £35.00

Event Capacity: Full

Innovation: Beat your next challenge!

The Chartered Management Institute and Institute of Consulting has teamed up with the Royal Society of Arts in the region to explore what managers need to do differently to keep surfing the front of the wave of innovation, rather than drowning at the back. Our provocative and participative half-day workshop will be facilitated by some of the Region’s top experts in the subject.

The event will be useful for managers, innovators and entrepreneurs working to create economic or social value from ideas for products, services and new business models.

  • We will look at the processes, culture and management needed to nurture the initial spark of an idea to produce economic or social value. 
  • We will address the common misconceptions that often hinder successful innovation and include an overview of the support available from the UK government and other organisations that encourage innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Practical, interactive and evidence-based without being too heavy on the theory, it will also be a powerful networking opportunity encouraging sustainable collaborative relationships. 

Both CMI and RSA delegates will be invited to join the new CMI Innovation network, which is being launched from this event and you will also gain free entrance to a workshop follow-up meeting at the same venue a week later, in the evening. CPD certificates will be available for CMI members.

Mark Neild MBA CMgr FCMI, MD Agileering Ltd, one of the region’s top advisors on innovation and ‘lean start-up’ will run the workshop. Supporting him will be John Evans MSc MBA FRSA from the Open University Business School and Dr Andy Sellars MBA, a Lead Technologist from Innovate UK - the UK’s grant-awarding agency for entrepreneurial development and chaired by Richard Byford MBA CMgr FCMI FRSA, deputy chair of the CMI Thames Valley Board.

Additional Information

Delegates are invited to stay after the end of the programme to network over a quick bite and a drink while the M4 traffic dies down. The venue-sponsors, ConnectTVT, have kindly invited delegates the option to stay on for the evening session, which is a pitching competition (think; Dragons’ Den).

Delegates will also gain free entrance to a workshop follow-up meeting at the same venue a week later, in the evening.

The venue is a novel ‘pop-up hub’ (which is an interesting story in itself!) in new-build prestige offices just off the M4 at Reading, very close to the wind turbine that is visible from the motorway. There is plenty of free parking. There are public transport links from Reading Station

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