We not only develop your innovation strategy and technology roadmap, but help you develop a management style and culture where disruptive innovation can be implemented efficiently and successfully by motivated employees. We are design thinking pioneers, and help you understand your customers and your employees better. We close the technology gaps we identify by finding the right technologies or start-ups to fill them. We provide financing ourselves or through our partners on any level. And we help funds and corporates find game-changing start-ups by managing a global network of partners with all functions necessary to identify, develop and commercialize disruptive innovation.
You need to change, whether it is due to digitalization, higher ESG requirements, cost increases, competitive threats, a growth imperative? You want to tackle the daunting task of implementing new technology, processes, structures, culture, even business models all at once? We can help you frame your problem, and to design the steps along the way to make this transformation successful. We cover parts of this, for example strategy, financial modeling, management, technology and engineering, or cultural transformation. Or we cover the entire innovation value chain for you as we have done for many large multinationals, even countries.
How will I achieve sustainable growth? Reduce costs? Streamline operations? Become carbon neutral? You want to be sure that the direction your company is taking is the right one? We will work with you with an initial gap analysis, based on which we can apply the full suite of dozens of tools to ensure your company sets the right course for financial viability, technical feasibility, market desirability and ESG sustainability. The results can reach from technical innovations to efficient processes and organizational structures all the way to company culture or new business models.
You want to make sure your technology and innovation roadmap is aligned with strategic objectives, financial targets, company capabilities, technology thermals? You want to justify your R&D budget, and confidently say that yours is the right direction?
Together with your key stakeholders, we identify the customer needs, organizational capabilities and technological solutions all the way to specific projects from quick wins to future visions, all complete with business cases to justify the associated budgets.
We have done roadmaps from autonomous driving to digitalization to product development to chocolate bars to arctic mine designs.
We will help you with creating a culture where disruptive innovation is embraced by your organization, where your employees are intrinsically motivated to change. We involve a variety of stakeholders in the design process, ensuring that all affected parties develop a positive attitude towards change. We have done this for internal employee groups, but also for external groups as diverse as industry, government, unions, tribal leaders and local community.
In contrast, Change Management orders people top down to change their behavior. We believe that change management destroys motivation, and in the context of disruptive innovation must fail. You cannot order people to be motivated. With motivated stakeholders, you can achieve anything. Without it, nothing.
You are looking to expand your network in fund raising, deal flow or insights about certain industries? Or you simply want second opinions from experts in technical, market, management or financial due diligence? We are a global network of experts on all continents, and keep tabs on developments from academia to industry customers in a number of industries such as mining, automotive or shipping. We collaborate in all kinds of configurations, so let’s compare notes.
With strong verticals in mining, energy, renewables, mobility and logistics, we are aware of the latest technical developments and VC thermals through our regular connections and discussions with academia, research institutions, incubators and start-up scenes from Silicon Valley to Singapore. Through our strategy and technology consulting work for our clients, we have unique insights into the industry, understand the customer needs and the market better than anyone else, and can connect the parties in our ecosystem to make funds and start-ups successful.
You are looking to expand your network in fund raising? While we are only engaging as angel investors ourselves, our ecosystem has connections to VCs, funds of funds, private equity, as well as corporate venture capital funds. As a matter of fact, we helped in the design of some of them. We collaborate in all kinds of configurations, so let’s compare notes.
In our core industries, we may have better access to deal flow than anyone else. With the vast amount of start-ups we see, we can help you not only with technical, management, market, cultural or financial due diligence, we probably have a pretty good sense for the competition and therefore can benchmark start-ups against each other. We have access to the deal flows of some of Silicon Valley’s biggest names, at the same time our partners organize the largest start-up events on the African continent.
Our experts network consists of serial entrepreneurs, seasoned venture capitalists, C levels of large corporations, prolific inventors or design thinking pioneers. We can help you with all aspects necessary to make a start-up successful, from technical due diligence to finding team members, managing your company well, helping with financing rounds, to creating business model pivots. Through our network, we can provide funding of any size and investment round. Our work is typically paid in a reasonable amount of equity like your board members or key employees.
We have a good sense for what is happening in our core industries around the world, whether this is about digital, mechanical, chemical or biological solutions. We also know how the market looks like, it’s expectations, or your competition. Let’s discuss your strategy, your cost and revenue model, your go-to-market and growth strategy, your business model. More than once such discussions led to complete pivots.
Our global network of investors allows us to provide you with the visibility you need in the most efficient way. We know what they are looking for, and what you have. While we are frequent angel investors, we may be able to connect you with VCs, PE funds, individuals or corporate funds that can cover any funding ticket size, from $10k angel investment to $100M late stage funding.
You want to have a second opinion on any of the aspects that can make or break a start-up? We certainly can help you with that, whether it is a design review of your design before you build your prototype; whether you question your business case or even business model; whether you need a review of your finances; or whether you have a management or team problem and need external advice.
Where to Start?
There are all levels of engagements possible, we work as teams of consultants or as individual expert advisors: we are frequent keynote speakers, run introductory workshops, have advisory and board roles, can spend a week with you to figure out a path forward, and execute in one month or one year. We can work on a project or on a retainer basis, we frequently take shares, and often enough we support you because we think what you do is cool or it’s a worthy cause. Let’s talk!