i101 Innovation Bootcamp

Led by Jim Euchner & Spencer Pugh
Sunday March 01, 2020 8:00am4:00pm
Loews Philadelphia Hotel

This practical one-day workshop is designed for professionals new to R&D, high potential employees with the capacity to become managers within a few years and persons interested in learning effective innovation leadership concepts. Students will gain a broader perspective on innovation designed to help them on-board more rapidly, perform better, and create more value for their organizations. Each section will start with a posed question to stimulate engagement and thought, and to understand the current state of innovation in participants’ firms. We will then move to a discussion of best practices/principles with group exercises. Additionally, students will be assigned to a mentor who will be available to help apply the learnings of the workshop to their future projects, and how the content of the Annual Conference applies to and builds on them.



  • The role of innovation – “Why innovate” (relation to strategy, skills, needs, etc.)
  • Types of innovation projects and how to identify new projects
  • How projects are evaluated and selected (value prop, market potential, competitors, etc.)
  • Establishing a portfolio given robust choices  
  • Managing the work and innovation processes –  from conception to commercialization
  • Shortening the critical path (agile, lean, scrum, etc)
  • Understanding risk (IP, market position, strategic relationships, etc)
  • Maximizing competitive advantage



Jim Euchner is Honorary Professor at Aston Business School (UK) and Editor in Chief of Research-Technology Management, a peer-reviewed journal for practitioners of innovation, technology and research management. He was previously Vice President of Global Innovation at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, where he led the development of new businesses and helped launch five businesses on three continents. Prior to his work at Goodyear, Jim held positions as Vice President of Growth Strategy and Innovation at Pitney Bowes, Inc. and Vice President, Network Systems Advanced Technology at Bell Atlantic (now Verizon).

In his consulting practice, Jim helps companies move quickly and in a disciplined way from concept to cash. Areas of focus include business model innovation, the use of lean startup approaches in large organizations, and the challenges manufacturers confront in moving to services-led business models. He works extensively with companies implementing businesses enabled by emerging technologies, including AI, the Internet of Things (IoT), and predictive analytics.

Note: You do not have to register for the Annual Conference to attend this workshop.