Innovation Institute


This Accelerated one-day online course is aimed at Business Leaders who wish to apply innovation more strategically and systematically to improve business performance, and ultimately drive growth!

Active leadership that challenges limiting assumptions is an essential element for enabling successful innovation. This course will inform and shape the design parameters for innovation initiatives to ensure alignment with business strategy. It will support individuals in the leadership, management and governance of innovation within their organisations.

Through the use of tools, techniques and examples, participants will understand how to build and validate a new business model, improve organisational readiness to support innovation and create a sustainable innovation capability to drive performance excellence.


By attending you will understand: 

  • How to develop and build a resilient, open and adaptive innovation capability
  • How to create winning innovation strategies and gain buy in from stakeholders and influencers
  • How and when to apply the different innovation tools and methods
  • How to build and sustain a culture of innovation that embraces a growth mindset and develop the level of innovation maturity
  • How to develop innovation horizons and portfolio investment profiles
  • How to assess core innovation competencies and build emerging technologies trend spotting programmes
  • How to leverage technology and create market advantage through Digital Transformation 
  • How to measure progress, impact and value from innovation investments


Many organisations from different sectors including: Activate Learning, Arriva Plc, Army Innovation, BAE Systems, Bosch, Cobham, Costain, City of Glasgow College, Huawei, Cherwell South Northamptonshire & Stratford upon Avon Council, Coleg Menai, DASA Defence and Security Accelerator, DE&S, jHub Strategic Command, Ministry of Defence, Murphy Construction, Panasonic, Plessey Semiconductors, Plymouth University, Raytheon, Rolls-Royce, Royal Airforce, Royal Mail, Royal Navy, Royal London Hospital, Skanska, Thales, Toyota, Wolverhampton University, Severn Trent Water and many more….


There are five interconnected pieces that a senior manager will need to embrace in order to lock-in innovation within their organisation to create value and competitive positioning.












  • How to Recognize Disruption as a Force for Stimulating or Frustrating Competitiveness (Strategic Competitive Intelligence)
  • How to Define Your Strategic Intent & Ambition (deciding on Where to Play, developing Innovation Portfolio)
  • How to Deliver Innovation at Pace
  • How to Develop Innovation Driven Growth Strategies
  • How to Establish Innovation Principles and common vocabulary
  • How to Apply Systematic Innovation (Process, Needs, Value Proposition, Blue Ocean, Business Model)
  • How to Activate Innovation Leadership (Culture, Mindset & Governance)
  • How to Build Innovation Competencies, Assess New & Emerging Technologies, Leverage Digital Capabilities and Manage IP
  • How to Measure Innovation Impact, Demonstrate Value, & Benchmark Your Innovation Capability


Learning materials will be provided. Upon completion of the programme, participants will be eligible for a Certificate from the Institute of Innovation & Knowldge Exchange as well as a full membership of the Institute.


Prof Sa’ad Sam Medhat

Professor Medhat is Chief Executive of the IKE Institute where he helps businesses and academic institutions develop effective strategies for growth. Medhat is a Trustee of the STEM Foundation, a Visiting Professor to University of Suffolk, a Visiting Professor to Plymouth's University of St Mark & St John, a serial entrepreneur, a business innovator and an inventor with patents and extensive publications and books worldwide. Medhat sits on the boards of a number of international companies and colleges. He is also a member of the BSI and ISO Technical Committees for developing Innovation Management Standards. He has worked in business, education and policy and has a unique perspective on what makes an organisation really innovative. Professor Medhat led innovation accreditations and benchmarking certifications in many multinational organisations such as Abellio, BAE Systems, EDF Energy, Hitachi Nuclear, Magnox, MBDA Missile Systems, Ministry of Defence, Panasonic, Raytheon and Thales amongst others. 

Medhat has an established reputation for driving forward ideas and making things happen. Former roles include Vice President of NASDAQ technology company, IBM Professor of Concurrent Engineering, Intergraph Professor of Electronic Design Automation, founding Principal & Chief Executive of the University of Dubai, Director of the UK Engineering and Technology Board, Governor of Activate Learning (a group of colleges in Oxfordshire and Berkshire). He holds a PhD and Master degrees in engineering and technology and is a fellow of a number of royal chartered professional institutions in technology, management and marketing..


Date: 30/09/2020
Time: 09:00 - 17:00

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"A very useful synthesis of innovation best practice, captured in a coherent framework. Good positioning of Innovation in the context of strategy.”

Dr Alvin Wilby, Vice President (Research Technology & Innovation), Thales Group

“Very useful tools. Very applicable to our strategy development!”

Julian Hasinski, Technical Director, Raytheon UK

“Very thought-provoking and good to hear from people who have done it!”

Rapid Capability Office, Royal Air Force

“ The course exceeded my expectations. Thought-provoking but qualified with great examples! ”

Carl Arntzen, CEO, Bosch Thermotechnology

"This course is totally switched on and connected. A fantastic experience!"

Alex Craig, Deputy Principal Edinburgh College

"This course is of highest quality and superb value."

Michael LeGoff, CEO Plessey Semiconductors

“Informative and professionally delivered programme.”

Dawn Robertson, Toyota UK

“A truly excellent course. It helped me to better understand the challenges in embedding innovation in our business and also crystallise the things we are doing well.”

James Lewis, Business Growth & Innovation Leader Network Rail

“Excellent Course.”

Hardev Hughes, Rolls Royce

“Enormous amount of content to absorb. The board level insight was invaluable”

Sarah Shipley, Assurance Director, Costain

“Hugely interesting and informative. A very well-structured course. Good to see outside the education sector how business leaders tackle innovation!”

Dr Ian Rees, Principal Coleg Menai, Wales

“Excellent, I really enjoyed the last two days. And I certainly feel inspired and ready to use these techniques in all key areas in my organisation.”

Jo Tipa, Operations Director, UK National Skills Academy for Nuclear

"Bring the subject alive with breadth & depth of knowledge."

Jonathan MacWilliam, Cherwell South Northamptonshire & Stratford upon Avon Council

“Outstanding! I am looking forward to applying everything I have learned to the next phase of my organisation’s development." 

Stella Mbubaegbu CBE, Chief Executive, Highbury College.

"Fantastic! Virtually, one-to-one. Insights from presenters."

Dr Bob Stear, Head of Innovation, Severn Trent Water

"Very thought-provoking. The material and conversations have helped in providing more options/tools to help with the evolution of aspects of the business.."

Dave Short, Engineering Director, MAI, BAE Systems

“Very Powerful tools that I can use immediately! Very authoritative innovation course. Great experience."

Jason Loh, Head of IP & Strategy Panasonic.

"Great coourse. Great value."

Dr Leila Jeffers, R&D Innovations Leader, TT Electronics

"Lots of information! Liked the different models and overlays, and all will be very useful to me."

Cathy Davis, Head of Investment Programmes, Strategy Technology, BAE Systems

"The course was superb - difficult to overstate how valuable I found the insights into the business of Innovation. The course was a great array of practical, implementable tools allied to an over-arching conceptual framework that cut through a lot of the mysticism that some innovation practitioners would prefer their art to be wrapped in. Equally important, were the peer-to-peer discussions. All in all, a great day's education."

Col Nigel RM Tai, Consultant Vascular & Trauma Surgeon, Royal London Hospitals

"Great ideas, models and food for thought. Many are directly applicable to my role immediately."

Jo Humphries, Director, Arriva Transport Group

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