What is an Innovate-A-thon?

An Innovate-A-thon is a series of complementary team activities for creating something new and better ... an innovation!  (The "something" could be a product, service, process ...)

Innovate-A-thon participants collaborate to reach a goal in a predetermined period of time.  An independent, neutral facilitator/mentor keeps the team focused, productive, and the process on-track and on-time. 

Participants receive a solid fundamental review of core creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurial-thinking principles.

The Innovate-A-thon principles have been refined through successful application in a variety of companies, business development support groups, nonprofit associations, colleges and universities, and other organizations

An Innovate-A-thon program can be custom-structured to fit the needs of a particular group, organization, or company, as well as at a variety of instructional and participation levels. Typically, an Innovate-A-thon consists of 5 to 15 participants, a neutral mentor that leads the progress of the event, 10 to 20 hours over 2 to 4 sessions.

Innovate-A-thon Stages

There are four InnovateAthon stages: Identify, Ideate, Improve, Implement ...

Introductions ... team formation, review InnovateAthon concepts and goals

1] Identify ... what issues, problems, opportunities will be addressed?  What is the current status?  What is the primary focus for this Innovate-A-thon?

2] Ideate ... generate lots of ideas triggered by the issue in focus.

3] Improve ... which ideas have good potential?  How can these ideas be improved and refined?

4] Implement ... which concept has the best potential to effectively address the issue in focus?  How can this concept best be implemented?  What impact does it have?