Author Archives: Nicolas Bry

Sky is the Limit: Intrapreneurship at Air France

Marine Gall is VP Innovation & Intrapreneurship Programs at Air France, working on innovation, business synergies, transformation, change management, and customer centric items. She kindly accepted to tell us more about the intrapreneurship program which is now starting its season 2, “Boosting the future”, and has just selected 6 laureates for its 2019 season. 1) Hi Marine, could tell us ...

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Spring Lab: Instilling a Startup Mindset into Large Corporations

1) What is the mission (the reason why, la raison d’être) of Spring Lab, its value proposition, and its main line of services (acceleration devices, learning expeditions, collective intelligence workshop, innov-athons, bootcamp) ? In a highly competitive world with constantly changing ways and growing customer expectations, your company crucially needs to think and innovate to set itself apart. But how do companies ...

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Intrapreneurship is for employees, and business units at Deutsche Bahn

Tobias Taut is venture architect at Deutsche Bahn, and an enthusiastic venture builder. What a great title! Managing the intrapreneurship program DB Intrapreneurs, means for Tobias building amazing digital services, and enabling people in their innovation ambitions to create tangible and sustainable value. To boost intrapreneurs projects, Tobias also shares his skills in business modelling, lean startup, and design thinking. What is ...

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Accelerating New Businesses at Thales Digital Factory

Last September, I was kindly treated at WeWork Lafayette by a team of 3 fine innovation, and transformation representatives from the Thales Group: Hamilton Mann is Group Director, Digital Marketing and Digital Transformation; Stéphane El Mabrouk  is Head of Operations of the Digital Thales Factory; and Jean-Yves Plu is Vice President, Digital Eco-system. Hamilton looks after implementing a Group transverse Digital initiative ...

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International Intrapreneurship Conference at Orange

2019 February 19th took place at Orange Gardens (Paris/Châtillon, France), a comprehensive conference related to intrapreneurship. 200 people gathered for this Intrapreneurship celebration, a huge success! Following opening by Luc Bretones (Orange), the programme was organized in 3 main tracks: Intrapreneurs testimonials and roundtable with Hadrien Devichi (Société Générale/Elyxir), Jean-Yves Ingea (Thales/Heropolis), Victor Jouan (Accor), Alexis Bafcop (Orange); Corporations point of ...

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How Open Innovation led by Purchasing works brilliantly at GRTGaz

Mathilde Delignou is Project Manager Open Innovation and partnership at GRTgaz, one of the leading European operators in natural gas transmission. What is uncommon is that the open innovation activity lies within the Purchasing Department. Mathilde explains to us what this peculiarity proves to be a success story. 1) Hi Mathilde, could you describe your entity, and its mission related to ...

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Okoni Innovation Agency: there is no transformation without creation

Pierre Baudry, Marc-Antoine Franc and Cécile Bernardet are respectively founding partner, partner and project director at Okoni, an new kind of Innovation Agency, which involves co-making innovation with their customers. First Cécile and Marc-Antoine guided me at Okoni premises, then Pierre took his pen to explain how their holistic approach is quite singular, and impactful on the business of their customers. ...

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Reorganization Viewed from the Inside, with Fly The Nest

Cédric Mao and Erwann Rozier founded Fly The Nest to help startups grow, and leave the nest, keeping a consistent and cohesive team in action. Since our article last November 2016, there has been a lot of water under the bridge: hereafter, they update their purpose, share with us the inside reorganization they have understaken. 1) Hi Erwann, could you remind ...

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The Missing Step for Start-ups Who Want to Scale-up

Last November, I attended the speech of David Skok at Web Summit 2018: it was related to startups scale-up in B2B business. I’m sensitive to the topic, being a participant of the Scale-Up Peer Group, and having drafted the Scale-Up Canvas for intrapreneurs who want to scale-up. Nevertheless, I was quite impressed by the quality of David Skok advices, probably ...

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Intrapreneurship at Pernod-Ricard: test and learn in action

Astrid Froment created Kangaroo Fund, an open innovation Fund for the 18,000 Pernod Ricard Employees, and an intrapreneurship program adopting experimentation & lean Start Up. In 2 seasons, it generated more than 250 ideas, 20 finalists, and 10 ideas incubated… She shares with us this exciting story. Following my article on “Dare to be difference makers”, I have seen a lot of ...

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