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Innovation Superstars Berlin!

  • Openers Usedomer Straße 4 13355 Berlin Germany (map)

Why do some organizations react quickly to change and remain stuck in their old habits? How do startups move so fast and disrupt markets that have been unchanging for so long? What can you learn from the experts about building a faster, more creative, more nimble organization? Come to Berlin and find out.

Next February 6th - 8th, 2019, New York-based GIANT Innovation and Berlin-based Openers will be hosting a three day corporate innovation skills workshop and tech ecosystem tour. Over the course of these three days, participants will have the unique opportunity to:

  • Gain a deep and practical understanding of core innovation skills like lean startup, jobs-to-be-done, and creative ideation.

  • Visit and get to know local accelerators and successful startups so they can better understand their unique approach to innovation.

  • Meet and network with fellow corporate innovation practitioners, startups, investors, and thought leaders.

This is not a theoretical experience but rather a hands on and practical agenda designed to drive new behavior, thoughts, and ideas the moment participants step back in the office.

Who should attend?

Companies like Merck, Deutsche Bahn, Allianz, Exxon, Walmart, and General Motors have all been through our training. This program is ideal for individuals who are responsible for building or expanding an innovation program as well as those in any of the following roles:

  • Innovation Director / Manager

  • Marketing Director / Manager

  • Strategy Director / Manager

  • Product Manager

  • HR / Learning & Development Manager / Strategist

About us

GIANT Innovation

GIANT Innovation works with large organizations to become world class innovators by helping them to think and act differently.


We don’t consult, we empower! At Openers, we see ourselves as hands-on facilitators at the intersection of innovation and technology. We help technology companies discover new markets & opportunities and connect corporations & brands with the international startup community. We create out-of-the-box communication campaigns, unique event experiences and challenging innovation strategies.

About Your Facilitator, Joshua Cohen

Joshua Cohen is a Managing Partner at GIANT Innovation in New York. He has designed and facilitated hundreds of workshops for Fortune 100 and other large organizations like Citibank, Exxon, Merck and many others. He leverages his years of experience as an entrepreneur, investor, and adviser to give large organizations the tools and know how they need to move and act with speed, agility, and creativity. Joshua has deep roots in technology-intensive sectors, having founded and built startups in both Europe and the U.S., including Germany-based iPharro, a spinoff of Germany’s world-renowned Fraunhofer Organization, and NYC-based Ganxy. He is a graduate of Princeton University with an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business and additional studies at the University of Cologne. Joshua is a fluent German speaker.


Day 1: Foundations and Discovering Opportunities

10:30 - 11:30am The fundamentals of innovation and the innovative mindset                   

  • Why the urgency to innovate within large enterprises. Why now?

  • What is a startup? What can we learn from them and apply in large organizations?   

10:30 - 11:30am Design thinking and reframing                    

  • Ethnographic interviewing and observation techniques.

  • Opportunity spaces and “How might we” statements.

  • Jobs-to-done theory of innovation and value proposition mapping.

11:30 - 12:30pm Moving beyond brainstorming: Idea generation and creative problem solving

  • Debunking myths of creativity, idea generation, and brainstorming.

  • Ideation tools drawn from the latest creativity research: strategic intuition, TRIZ, and task unification.                             

12:30 - 1:30pm Networking Lunch

1:30 - 4:30pm Experiment-Driven Innovation I: Business model design and problem testing

  • Business model innovation and business model design.

  • Introduction to lean startup methodology.

  • Understanding key concepts: customer development, business model assumption ranking, early adopters, think-do-learn loop.

  • Field work: running your first experiment with problem interviews.     

4:30 -5:30pm Guest speaker

  • Corporate Innovation Practitioner Guest Speaker.

Optional Evening Activity: Innovation Dinner with a few special guests

  • Participants will enjoy a casual dinner joined by a few movers and shakers within the Berlin technology ecosystem


Day 2: Building and testing business models

9:00 - 10:30am Experiment-Driven Innovation II: MVP and Solution Testing

  • Solution testing and MVP design.

  • Understanding key concepts: Customer development, business model assumption ranking, early adopters, and the Build-Measure-Learn loop.

  • Collecting unbiased data through effective problem and solution interviews with customers (including dos and don’ts).    

  • Fieldwork: Building your first MVP.

10:30 - 11:30am Strategic Communications

  • How do we communicate new innovations to build stakeholder support within the organization?

  • Introduction to key concepts: map, messenger, message.

  • WGOCA pitch framework.

11:30 - 12:30pm Applying innovation tools within large organizations

  • Old metrics don’t apply: What are innovation metrics?

  • Understanding the innovation portfolio.

  • Building the culture of innovation.

12:30 - 1:30pm Networking Lunch

2:00 - 5:00pm Site visits to Berlin Innovation Ecosystem

  • Startup meet and greet: Visit startup accelerators and meet relevant startups that can provide unique insight into corporate innovation.

  • Dig deeper, discuss, and witness real-world innovation approaches and challenges from other companies and industries.

5:30pm Evening Activity: Innovation Leaders and Practitioners Networking 

  • We’ll have some of the most inspiring minds of the Berlin Startup and Digital Scene discuss Digital Innovation from first hand experience — and it’s not just about success stories. We’ll also learn from their failures, including how to to be nimble and flexible in the face of undesired and unexpected change.          

Day 3: Meet Berlin: Ecosystem Tour

9:00 - 2:00pm Site visits to Berlin Innovation Ecosystem

  • Startup meet and greet: Visit startup accelerators and meet relevant startups that can provide unique insight into corporate innovation.

  • Dig deeper, discuss, and witness real-world innovation approaches and challenges from other companies and industries.

Terms and Conditions

If you are unable to make it to the course, we will allow another person to attend in your place. Unfortunately we will not be able to refund tickets for this course, but you can apply a credit to the purchase of a future course.

Earlier Event: January 30
NYC Master Class in Corporate Innovation
Later Event: April 24
NYC Innovation Bootcamp and Mixer!