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The future of innovation is bright, but leaders today are under increased pressure to find winning innovation strategies and there are few avenues to learn how others do it. Far too often, innovation is talked about in big, vague, rhetorical statements that really don't mean anything. In the course accompanying this report, Jonathon Brown, Trend Hunter's Chief Growth Officer, has conducted hundreds of interviews with innovation leaders to uncover proven techniques for innovation. Gathered from personal interviews with today's business leaders, this module focuses on reporting actual innovation techniques used in business today.
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Project management apps focus on tasks outside of business processes alone
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The capitalization of creativity ushers in brainstorm-assisting products
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Big businesses offer high-tech services to help local companies expand
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Stimulated Disruption
Entrepreneurial thinkers can swap ideas to easier find inspiration
Implications - Trend Hunter's research shows that younger members of Gen X -- dubbed 'Generation Xenos' -- are more likely to start businesses than Millennials. Their inherent desire to think disruptively means they spend more time ideating than other entrepreneurial generations. This process is streamlined through listening tools and social networks solely dedicated to stimulating creativity.
Entrepreneurial Social Networks
Entrepreneurial Social Networks
The 'Leapcrowd' Platform Helps Entrepreneurs Connect
Business Co-Founder Networks
Business Co-Founder Networks
'coHounder' Helps Entrepreneurs Find Co-Founders for Businesses
Entrepreneur-Guiding Platforms
Entrepreneur-Guiding Platforms
The 'Upmetrics.co' Business Plan Software Brings Ideas to Life
Social Cryptocurrency Insight Platforms
Social Cryptocurrency Insight Platforms
'SocialCrypto' Listens to What's Being Said About Crypto
Creativity-Stimulating Communities
Creativity-Stimulating Communities
Artscape Formulates a Community to Make Space for Creativity
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Stimulated Disruption
Entrepreneurial thinkers can swap ideas to easier find inspiration
How are you giving your more insatiable team members a platform for disruption?
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Creative Management
Project management apps focus on tasks outside of business processes alone
Implications - The practice of project management is common in the workplace, and brands are now creating platforms through which consumers are able to track projects related to more creative or educational pursuits. More than streamlining the creation process, such platforms cater to consumers seeking productivity-enhancement in their daily rituals and hobbies.
Creative Project Management Software
Creative Project Management Software
Streamtime is a Creativity-Focused App That Boosts Efficiency
Artistic Project Management Tools
Artistic Project Management Tools
Startup Palette Provides Project Management for Artists Globally
Educational Workload Management Apps
Educational Workload Management Apps
The 'Shovel' App Helps College Students Schedule Their Time
Home Improvement Project Managers
Home Improvement Project Managers
'Workspace' Helps DIYers to Keep Tabs on Their Home Escapades
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Creative Management
Project management apps focus on tasks outside of business processes alone
Do you care more about the ideas or the credit?
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Aided Ideation
The capitalization of creativity ushers in brainstorm-assisting products
Implications - As Millennials begin taking over the workplace, more premium is placed on out-of-the-box thinking and the ability to ideate quickly and efficiently. The response to this is a slew of brainstorm aids. As this youth generation enters adulthood, society's standards of what it means to be an ideal adult citizen will shift to accommodate and reflect Millennials.
Idea-Generating Cards
Idea-Generating Cards
Triggers by Alejandro Masferrer Helps Stoke Creative Genius
Creative Ideation Guides
Creative Ideation Guides
This Infographic Examines Behaviors That are Key to Having Great Ideas
Organized Brainstorming Apps
Organized Brainstorming Apps
The Post-It Plus App Helps Virtually Organize Physical Sticky Notes
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Infinitely Collaborative Office Tables
This Long Office Table Can Seat 175 Employees
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Aided Ideation
The capitalization of creativity ushers in brainstorm-assisting products
How can you implement internal ideation sessions that will allow your whole team the ability to voice their ideas?
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Localized Growth
Big businesses offer high-tech services to help local companies expand
Implications - Global, tech-focused businesses create new tools and services that focus on increasing the reach of smaller, local businesses. In an act to appear non-threatening to small companies, these new business models are designed to help entrepreneurial initiatives grow and become more in-tune with the advantages of technology. Leveraging advanced technologies like blockchain on a small scale will yield mass results for new companies trying to make their overall strategies stronger and more successful.
Millennial Start-Up Services
Millennial Start-Up Services
Office Depot's BizBox Empowers Business Owners with Growth Tools
Ultra-Contemporary Working Spaces
Ultra-Contemporary Working Spaces
Lebel & Bouliane Boast a Toronto Office Design for Sidewalk Labs
Small Business-Expanding Programs
Small Business-Expanding Programs
Womply Boost Aims to Aid Small Business Through Local Searches
Growth-Accelerating POS Systems
Growth-Accelerating POS Systems
'POSist' is Packed with Advanced Features to Help Businesses Grow
Affordable Blockchain Tools
Affordable Blockchain Tools
The IBM Blockchain Starter Plan is an Great Option for Small Companies
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Localized Growth
Big businesses offer high-tech services to help local companies expand
Who are your allies in bringing ideas to life?
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Incorporated Incubator
Businesses create innovation hubs to support emerging startups
Trend - Incubators offer a structure for corporations to foster the growth of small businesses while using them as a source for new developments. Such hubs offer businesses the opportunity to expand the influence of their own brand while giving startups access to the resources of a larger company.

Insight - Many consumers today see brands that they purchase from as extensions of themselves, and have become harder to impress over time, especially with more disruptive and more customer-centric brands launching all the time. To keep pace, many companies feel pressure from consumers to constantly innovate and stay relevant by using new approaches like incubators.
Low-Cost Start-Up Hubs
Low-Cost Start-Up Hubs
Julius Taminiau & Carl Turner Architects Made a Shipping Container Village
Furniture Brand Incubators
Furniture Brand Incubators
IKEA is Launching 'Bootcamp' as a Start-Up Incubator
Startup Incubator Collaborations
Startup Incubator Collaborations
L'Oreal Has Invested in the Digital Startup Founders Factory
Expansive Innovation Spaces
Expansive Innovation Spaces
The Cambridge Innovation Center Received Funding To Expand Into Europe
Food-Funding Accelerators
Food-Funding Accelerators
The 'Chipotle Aluminaries' Project Supports Eco Food Ventures
Fashion Innovation Hubs
Fashion Innovation Hubs
The Joe Fresh Centre for Fashion Innovation is a Space for Creators
Tech Venture Incubators
Tech Venture Incubators
Microsoft Ventures will Focus on Connecting the Brand to Startups
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Incorporated Incubator
Businesses create innovation hubs to support emerging startups
Conceptualize what an innovation incubator would look like within your company.
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Facilitating Regional Growth
The 4th Annual Leaders Circle Recognition Gala Celebrated Great Minds
On November 7th, The Leaders Circle hosted its fourth Annual Recognition Gala at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, bringing together a roster of Canadian professionals who’ve been successful in promoting the merits of the city through conventions, meetings, and tourism experiences. With the estimated economic impact of events like these throughout Toronto reaching $1.076 billion, the Leaders Circle Recognition Gala aimed to celebrate those who’ve helped to propel the city’s reputation, making it a hub for global leaders.

Throughout the evening, a total of 13 honorees were celebrated, representing a broad range of professional sectors. These attendees each played a part in events that have attracted international attention, bringing great minds together to facilitate business connections and investments, as well as positive societal and academic impact. This included the 2020 Human Right Watch Global Council Summit, 27th International Conference on Atomic Physics, 34th International Papillomavirus Conference (IPVC), and the 50th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery.

The Leaders Circle Grant Recipient, Professor Dimitri Androutsos, was also recognized for his research project on breast cancer that works to broaden the understanding of techniques for automatic nuclei segmentation, which would enable the “large-scale analysis of nuclear properties in tumors of breast cancer subjects.” With breast cancer being the second most common cause of cancer death in the country, research projects led by professionals like Androutsos are vital in progressing diagnosis and treatment options for patients. As the recipient of the Leaders Circle Grant, Androutsos and his team will be able to further this research.

Similar benefits have been shared by Mr. Jim McArthur of the Canadian Hospital Engineering Society and Dr. Ann Burchell of the Department of Family & Community Medicine at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. By connecting with like-minded researchers to share ideas and inspire one another at such events, they've had the opportunity to expand their networks, increase their impact, and benefit the communities that they serve.

In all, the gala was a celebration of some of the city’s most influential professionals, an opportunity to consider the history of international events and the impact they’ve had, as well as a chance to look into the future. Masters of Ceremonies Kathy Nicolay and Loren Christie helped to facilitate conversations regarding these topics throughout the evening, highlighting key takeaways from the honorees who were present to share their thoughts. With so many inspiring leaders recognized throughout the evening, it’s clear that The Leaders Circle continues to function as an important network, which brings bright minds together, provides them with the resources they need to reach new heights, and position Toronto as a city that’s synonymous with innovation.
Nov 11th, 2019
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Prototyping Tool Smart-Technology Incorporation
Adobe XD Gets Amazon Alexa Integration
Adobe XD will be receiving Alexa integration to the platform. Adobe XD is a developing tool used for prototyping apps. Support on the Adobe XD platform is now available for both the Echo Dot as well as the Echo Show. This increases the number of voice prototyping tools that were already on the platform. Previously Adobe XD added integration with Alexa skill. Adobe conducted a survey and found that there was a large degree of user interest in voice technology.

The new Alexa integration will add Alexa skill as well as Alexa XD plugins, which will make it easier for users to move voice prototypes to Alexa. It is possible that integration for other smart assistants could come to the platform but the company has not announced anything in the works.
Jul 26th, 2019
Sources: techcrunch
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Intentionally Minimalist Brainstorming Charts
The Gumpo 'Flipchart' Puts the Focus on Ideation
The Gumpo 'Flipchart' is a distinctly minimal unit for the workplace or classroom that puts a focus on ideation and organization to keep users on the right track towards their next great idea. Designed by Gerhardt Kellermann and Ana Relvao for Gumpo, the chart is comprised of just three panels in total; two vertical ones that are held in place by a third horizontal one that also acts as a surface for writing utensils. The vertical panels have wheels on one end for easily moving it around a space to ensure that brainstorming can be done anywhere within a space instead of designated rooms.

The Gumpo 'Flipchart' has a fuss-free design that speaks to the rise of workplace minimalism as professionals seek to eliminate unnecessary clutter in favor of a more efficient environment.
Jun 12th, 2019
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Healthcare Management Softwares
RepuGen Proactively Organizes Healthcare Reviews with Patients
RepuGen is a software system that keeps all healthcare reputation reviews in one place in order to accurately match patient satisfaction with the reviews online. Its overall mission is to deliver the most authentic approach to healthcare practices.

This allows for better control of businesses' online reputation, patient care and satisfaction, and recovery. Some of the features include protection from negative reviews, patient insights, service recovery, closer patient interactions, and much more. RepuGen works with IPAs, Urgent Care Centers, Hospitals, Private Practices, Medical Groups, and Dental Practices. It also recognizes that the most vocal patients are those that were unsatisfied, often resulting in a skewed overall review. To combat that, RepuGen aims to create a more accurate reputation of the healthcare industry through regular review generation and proactive management.
May 14th, 2019
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Business Professional Ideation Cards
The Myndset Ideation Playing Cards Accelerate Brainstorming
Coming up with great ideas can be a difficult process, so the Myndset ideation playing cards have been created as a way to accelerate the brainstorming process. The game works by guiding players through each phase of the ideation process to ensure they don't get sidetracked or lost along the way, which could effectively stimulate planning for a wide array of users. This could include design professionals, students, entrepreneurs, consultants, startups and much more to help gamify the brainstorming process.

The Myndset ideation playing cards work with an accompanying smartphone app to let users learn more about the various cards in play as they go for a more holistic approach to gameplay. The simple method of gameplay could help players to come up with great ideas or solve problems in just 30 minutes, which is sure to satisfy efficiency aficionados.
Mar 19th, 2019
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Workflow Automation Platforms
'Zvolv' Enables Users to Build Enterprise Apps in Days without Code
Creating enterprise apps often requires ample time and developer skills, but the 'Zvolv' platform aims to change this with an interface that is streamlined and incorporated with the power of AI.

The platform will enable users to create apps in mere days, while also allowing them to integrate analytics, cognitive automation, document management, AI and much more into the project. The platform can be used for creating apps for Android and iOS, but doesn't require users to know how to code to make it a powerhouse of efficiency for professionals of all kinds to utilize.

The 'Zvolv' platform allows for maximum flexibility and control to make the schedule move more swiftly for organizations of all sizes when it comes to ideation, implementation and execution.
Dec 12th, 2018
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Creative Connection Hubs
The Latest Intersect by Lexus Hub Allows Creators to Cross Paths
Luxury auto brand Lexus has recently added to New York City's trendy meatpacking district with its new venture, Intersect by Lexus. Unlike the chic boutiques, art galleries and various clubs in the area Lexus is focusing on fostering creativity in its new space. This new venture into experimental marketing will set up Intersect by Lexus as a hideaway for creative minds to come together, exchange ideas and seek inspiration. The hub will seve as the brand's larger goal of supporting innovation through local and global events.

Housed in a fairly expansive space, this installation is intended to draw in those with or without an interest in cars. The space is elegantly welcoming and invites people to come in and enjoy food while also crossing paths with creators of fashion, art, design, entertainment, technology and more.
May 1st, 2018
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Creative Ideation Hubs
The IKEA Creative Hub in Malmo Offers Employees a Free Space for Thought
The IKEA Creative Hub in Malmo, Sweden, is a freeing space wherein many of consumers' most beloved designs from the Swedish furniture giant have found their beginnings. The space serves as the center of ideation for the international company, with features explicitly designed to encourage creativity and brainstorming as much as possible.

One of the most notable aspects of the IKEA Creative Hub is the lack of whiteboards. This isn't to say that IKEA discourages writing on boards during thought sessions, though. Quite the opposite: in the Creative Hub, employees are encouraged to write wherever they see fit, with one of the rooms covered entirely in a whiteboard-like material.

The space also has several different rooms for meetings of various sizes and a library where more introspective individuals can take a moment to read and reflect.
Oct 2nd, 2017
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Urine-Powered Festival Displays
This Year's Glastonbury Festival Produced Energy Using 'Pee-Power'
With sustainability and scientific design, researchers at Bristol Robotics Laboratory have begun looking into the possibility of 'pee-power' and explorations of how urine can be used to produce energy.

To test their studies, the research team implemented portable toilets that could harness this power at Glastonbury Festival. The design features cylinders filled with energy-producing electro-active micro-organisms. The bathroom stations use the collected urine to power festival displays that gave the attendees information about the event. In the 40-person terminal, about 1,000 liters of waste was collected daily, providing enough energy to power about 10 displays.

The technology is still in the prototyping phases, however, researchers believe it has great potential to serve as a natural resource with an unlimited supply, that's cheap and readily available.
Jun 26th, 2017
Sources: psfk & iflscience
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IoT Project Kits
The AT&T IoT Starter Kit Accelerates Innovative Internet of Things Creations
At Cisco Live, AT&T announced that is launching an IoT project Starter Kit for developers to that will provide 4G LTE connectivity for Internet of Things applications.

The AT&T IoT Starter Kit promises to kick-start the prototyping process for an idea by providing everything from humidity and temperature sensors to a prepaid SIM card that is compatible in over 200 countries. Alongside supplying physical hardware that does not need to be sourced from multiple vendors, the plug-and-play kit also supplies developers with tools for designing, building and managing IoT project prototypes.

Martyn Etherington, the head of IoT cloud marketing at Cisco says: "IoT developers play a critical role in the development of applications that deliver new, valuable services through connected devices. With this all-in-one Starter Kit, we're helping to accelerate IoT success for developers looking to build or enable connected service businesses."
Feb 21st, 2017
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Refugee-Integrating Accelerators
Lola Lik is an Ideas Hub Bringing Locals and Refugees Together
While other innovation accelerators focus on disadvantaged demographics like developing countries or female empowerment, this ideas hub encourages Dutch locals and refugees to work together. Located in a recently closed, repurposed prison (Bijlmerbajes) in Amsterdam, business incubator and cultural center Lola Lik is next door to the Wenckebachweg refugee center.

In addition to social entrepreneurs, vocational trainers, event planners and craftsmen, artists are helping refugees integrate into society through education, entrepreneurship and work opportunities. So far, the ideas hub has produced everything from a public restaurant to a language school, and kickboxing space.

This is not only an example of how cities can accelerate the integration of refugees, but also how to alleviate housing issues for creative citizens.
Feb 1st, 2017
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Directive Startup Boxes
The IdeaLevels Startup Box Packs Instructions for Lean Startup Solutions
Those who are looking to create a lean startup will likely find the IdeaLevels Startup Box to be an effective way to get started with the endeavor. Packed with custom designed tool as well as step-by-step directions, the IdeaLevels Startup Box helps to keep the ideation process hyper-focused on the tasks that need to be completed first.

The number of startups is only on the rise with more small companies being developed each and every quarter. As such, a growing number of entrepreneurs are looking for ways to effectively hone in on what they need to do in order to develop a lean startup that's focused on success.

The IdeaLevels Startup Box packs everything needed to get start on refining an idea, building a product and finding customers.
Dec 28th, 2016
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