STEM Foundation


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 programmes and interventions
  • Embed a better understanding and language of innovation
  • 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


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

  • What does innovation mean to you 
  • What drives you to innovate
  • What are the different types of innovations
  • How to identify pain points & needs through ecosystem mapping
  • What does the innovation process look like
  • How to identify your new ideas
  • How to design a value proposition concept from your initial idea
  • How to identify your new ideas and use trends & patterns to shape a new proposition
  • How to design a value proposition concept from your initial idea (Design Thinking)
  • How to experiment & develop a minimum viable product/ offer for your chosen concept
  • How to build the Business Case & Implement your new Value Proposition –
    (Business Model Generation) & (Blue Ocean Strategy)
  • How to protect & leverage your IPR
  • How to assess the impact of new and emerging technologies confidently
  • How to prepare for Digital Transformation
  • How to instil a culture of innovation and transition the organisation to embrace a growth mindset
  • How to establish effective innovation governance and stage-gate process
  • How to ensure alignment of innovation activities and initatives to the business strategy
  • How to measure innovation Impact and Value, and Benchmark Innovation


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, AIG Insurance, Al Masaood Oil & Gas, Army Innovation, British Gas, City of Glasgow College, Costain, Coventry University, DASA, Envitia, ESF Capital, European Central Bank, European Central Bank, Fexco, Huawei, jHub, Kier Construction, Kindred Group Plc, Laing O'Rourke, Laithwaites Wine, MBDA Missile Systems, Ministry of Defence, Murphy, Office of National Statistics (ONS), Panasonic, Petroleum Development Oman, Plymouth University, Royal Airforce, Royal Bank of Scotland, Royal Mail, Royal Navy, Skanska, South West College, Virgin and many more...


Learning materials, lunch and refreshments will be provided. Upon completion of the programme, participants will be eligible for the Certificate of Professionalism in Innovation Practice.


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 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: 14-15 October 2020
Time: 09:00 - 17:00

Price: £600.00p

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"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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