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Innovation is a key component to driving competitiveness and progress. When implemented in a systematic way, and at pace, it delivers true valuable benefits. The continuous threat of disruption becomes the new norm. Therefore, organisations need to have a focused and effective approach to innovation. In this two-day programme, you’ll examine the tools and frameworks that market-leading organisations use to build innovation into their business approach. Through examples and  exercises, you’ll learn how to drive innovation and develop game-changing strategies for your organisation. The programme offers tangible and practical content which can be immediately deployed in your organisation.


  • Build successful innovation scenarios, programmes and interventions
  • Create a pro-innovation organisational culture
  • Engage in more effective challenge definition and creative problem-solving activities
  • Understand how to design and manage an innovation process effectively 
  • Use tools and techniques to deliver better innovation results
  • Measure and evaluate innovation programmes and interventions
  • Plot your innovation eco-system and its role in identifying growth opportunities
  • Connect innovation initiatives to business strategy
  • Ensure your organisation becomes adaptive and resilient.


This Certified Innovation Professional Programme will cover the following topics over the two days:

  1. How to apply a systematic innovation process and frame innovation challenges
  2. How to identify disruption vectors that may affect your business landscape
  3. How to apply design thinking techniques to identify new solutions
  4. How to identify the need and pain-points through a process of ecosystem mapping
  5. How to use scenarios to generate the right combination of exploitable ideas
  6. How to instil a culture of innovation and establish guardrails
  7. How to establish effective innovation governance
  8. How to align innovation to the business strategy
  9. How to leverage actionable intelligence to shape value propositions
  10. How to design new value propositions that leverage data analytics
  11. How to experiment and develop a minimum viable offer
  12. How to use business model generation to build business cases
  13. How to develop blue ocean strategies
  14. How to accelerate experimentation using agile methods
  15. How to build and apply trend spotting methods to help identify critical new and emerging technologies
  16. How to cluster and develop technology and business roadmaps
  17. How to prepare for Digital Transformation and enhance maturity and pace
  18. How to apply and leverage Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)
  19. How to measure and benchmark innovation progress, impact and value
  20. How to align with international innovation standards and recommended best practice.


This programme is appropriate for managers and decision-makers from any industry who want to improve their organisation's capacity to formulate and implement innovative strategies. It is equally suited for professionals from established companies who want to develop new revenue sources or from start-ups launching new offerings. While no specific training is required, participants should have a basic understanding of management principles.


Many organisations from different sectors including: Activate Learning, Adnoc, AIG Insurance, Al Masaood Oil & Gas, Army Innovation, Arriva Plc, BAE Systems, Birmingham City University, Bosch, Cobham, British Gas, Cherwell South Northamptonshire & Stratford upon Avon Council, City of Glasgow College, Coleg Menai, Costain, Coventry University, DASA Defence and Security Accelerator, Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S), Envitia, ESF Capital, European Central Bank, Fexco, Global Aluminium, jHub Strategic Command, Huawei, jHub Strategic Command, Kier Construction, Kindred Group Plc, Laing O'Rourke, Laithwaites Wine, Masdar, MBDA Missile Systems, Ministry of Defence (UK), Mubadala, Murphy Construction, NATO, Office of National Statistics (ONS), Oman Ministry of Transport, Communication and Information Technology, Panasonic, Petroleum Development Oman, Plessey Semiconductors, Plymouth University, Raytheon, Rolls-Royce, Royal Airforce, Royal Bank of Scotland, Royal Engineers, Royal London Hospital, Royal Mail, Royal Navy, Severn Trent Water, Singapore Government, Singapore IP Academy, Skanska, South West College, Thales, Thomas More University, Toyota, United Utilities, Virgin, Wolverhampton University and many more...


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 IKE 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 Westminster, 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..



This course will be delievered live online via Zoom. UK Time applies.

Date: 23-24 May 2022
Time: 09:00 - 17:00

Price: £840.00p

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Registration is not complete until you are paid in full and we have confirmed you registration on the programme. Programmes dates, tuition fees and faculty are subject to change.


"Very authoritative innovation course. Course presentation and instructor’s performance were outstanding.”

Sam Stacey, Head of Innovation, Skanska

"This course identifies clearly the right tools and processes for innovation. It provides the right mix of business insights and marketing to drive innovation."

Asif Anwar Huawei Technologies Senior Solution Manager (Global)

"This course moved me from just thinking about innovation being used to do things better to understanding tools that can be used to innovate the whole organisation.”

Steve Elliott, Senior Programmes Manager, Envitia

"Excellent course, a lot to take in, but exactly what I needed to inspire innovation in my company.”

Sarah Bryan, Project Systems and Performance Manager Costain 

"A thought provoking experience which provided the tools and skills to drive innovation in my organisation."

Douglas Dickson, Head of Quality Assurance, City of Glasgow College

"A thoroughly comprehensive course that aligns tools and practices to Strategy.”

Stephen Peak Coventry University's Associate Dean Enterprise & Commercial

"As expected, this was an excellent two days. I found it inspiring, and it has helped clarify our approach.”

Garry Young, Head of Innovation, MBDA Missile Systems

"I’m taking away some very practical tools from this course: mechanisms for organising people and the kind of activities that will help them engage with a more innovative culture.”

Bernard Grenville Jones, Group Executive Director - Innovation and Development - Activate Learning

"This training course is one of the best business training sessions I have taken so far. I have a clearer and better understanding of innovation and learned the tools and processes. More importantly, I now understand that innovation can be learned and trained. Thank you very much for enlightening us with your insights."

Bo Duan, Panasonic, Singapore

"Essential course for all innovators – from start-ups to big businesses. Excellent training from the UK professional innovation body"

Prof Nick Colosimo, Principal Technologist, Futurist & Global Engineering Fellow, BAE Systems

"Excellent course which I wish I had attended two years ago!"

Programme Director, RAF

"Excellent Course, very useful information.”"

Innovation and Solutions, Royal Bank of Scotland

"Brilliant course, which will help me justify and bring innovation to our organisation in a practical way."

Change Manager, Kindred Group PLC

"Very good in providing insight to implement an innovation framework with useful tools and measurements."

Innovation Manager, Fexco (FinTech company)

"Excellent course. Really enjoyed it!"

Sasha Henry-Crawford, Senior Product Development Manager, Royal Mail

"Just the right level of detail, tools and practice".

David Gordon, Laing O'Rourke

"Very interesting and inspiring course. It provided a good basis for how to apply to my organisation".

Carols Garcia Martinez, European Central Bank 

"Fun, informative, relevant and compelling. Excellent 2 days". 

S Pritchard, Royal Marines

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