ILF Newsletter

Dear All,

Let’s start with an exciting bit of news (most certainly for us):

The ILF has
a new website!
Making the website more user friendly and interactive has been our wish for some time; we seem to have been quite good at hiding all the valuable information that is on there (particularly on the ‘Members Only’ bit…). For various reasons it never happened - but now! Have a look around and let us know what you think!

For some years Bettina has been involved in teaching on the MBI programme of Deusto Business School (based in Bilbao, Spain) - yes, MBI, not MBA, as in: Master of Business Innovation! It is a brilliant programme that puts innovation into the context of many traditional MBA topics, ie.: places innovation at the heart of business. It is also exciting that the programme runs not only in Spain (Bilbao, Madrid and San Sebastian), it also has modules in Florence and Cambridge (in collaboration with the Judge Institute). As they are looking to internationalise the programme, they are offering a special discount to successful (non-spanish speaking) candidates: 25% to the Wider ILF Community, and even 30% to members of the ILF Networking Group. For some key facts click here or visit their website for further information. Ah yes, application deadline is 20th February 15th, with the programme starting in May 15th

We just loved this video on what’s possible if you bring technology, chemistry and fashion together: magic! How we came across this? One of those serendipitous coincidences: When recently at the D-School in Potsdam one of the students asked Bettina about innovation what’s happening in the field of technology & textiles and Bettina promised to keep an eye open. As the ILF was media partner for the UK Innovate Awards we received a link for a recording of the ceremony where Bettina spotted “High tech meets high fashion”. Watching it she just loved the positive energy, sense of possibility, and the belief of creating a positive future which Lauren Bowker radiated in her presentation and could not keep to herself. Seeking for inspiration? Have a look!!


And another crowdfunding opportunity! This one I believe will be close to the heart of many: HomeHalo helps manage your home WiFi to protect your kids from nasties whilst assuring they can keep their devices connected and enjoy the huge benefits of the internet at the same time. Incidentally, this initiative is by a former ILF Networking Group member whose infection with the innovation virus is rather serious and seemingly irreversible: he has become a serial entrepreneur :-)!


Still looking for some exciting holidays reads we came across
Leon Cruickshank’s new book: Open Design and Innovation. In the book, Leon develops the argument for a more nuanced acknowledgement and facilitation of ‘non-professional’ forms of creativity; drawing on lessons from commercial design practice; theoretical analysis and a wider understanding of innovation. We are lucky to have the author’s offer of 35% discount. Please note that the voucher expires 31.12.2014! To find out more about the book and how to claim the discount click here.


It seems that our Wider Community is very prolific when it comes to writing books! In this one a global collection of primarily academics provides an overview of thinking,
frameworks and tools in the field of Open Innovation. While we have not read it, the table of contents looks promising. C
heck it out, but as many academic books, it is a little on the pricey side. 


And finally, Rob Sheffield, who joined the ILF Wider Community earlier this year, kindly shared a link to some insights from research his company, Bluegreen Learning, conducted over the summer into how organisations view and deal with innovation, and how this might change in the future. I am sure if you ask nicely he will also send you the report summary :-).



After so much ‘Other Business’ it is probably a relief that we have only 3 events to report in this newsletter.

Fundamentals of Corporate Venturing program
Date: 20th-21st January & 5th-6th February 
Location: London & Palo Alto

We have recently mentioned the GCV Academy Fundamentals of Corporate Venturing program. It seems that it was very much appreciated by participants, so much so that it will run again: 20th & 21st January in London, and 5th & 6th February in Palo Alto! Click here to view a short video from the London programme and download details of the programme for London and for Palo Alto. The Wider ILF Community will receive a discount of 10% - use FRIEND10; members of the ILF Networking Group even get 20% - contact us for the relevant code.


RE.WORK Deep Learning Innovation Summit 
Location: San Francisco
Date: 29th-30th January 2015

The summit will showcase the opportunities of advancing trends in deep learning and their impact on business & society. Some of the topics which will be covered are: Big Data, Neural Networks, Machine Learning, Image Retrieval, and many more. To learn more about the event click here.

As for all RE.WORK events, the ILF Wider Community is entitled to 10% discount with the code ILF10. Members of the ILF Networking Group should contact us for their special 20% discount code.


Women for Success – Partnership for Women SMEs
Date: 7th - 11th February 2015
Location: Cairo, Egypt

And finally, we take great pleasure in sharing information on a conference on and for Women Entrepreneurs with focus on the Middle East: "Women for Success - Partnership for WEOmen SMEs" which will take place 7-11 February 2015 in Cairo, Egypt. Why are we particularly pleased? Women Entrepreneurship is key for the development of emerging countries in general, and a more sustainable future in particular. Don't take our word for it, have a look at an article on the UN Foundation's website. Have a look at the Programme and register here

All best wishes from your ILF Team (Bettina & Lis).


Dr Bettina von Stamm, FRSA
Innovation Leadership Forum
+44(0)7767 428 457
Twitter: BvonStamm

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