Exiting an Innovative Project

Immerse in the discussion of innovating in large organisations and get insights on numerous exit strategies for innovative projects.

About the course

This course discusses the substantial upside potentials of being an innovator in entreprise and explains why innovating in your projects can never really fail. It also provides insight into the potential conflicts between the innovator and the corporate host.
Difficulty: Foundation
Duration: 60mins

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Business Development


Large Organisations


The expert you’ll be learning from

Francois Blanc

Managing Director, Amadeus
Francois Blanc is an ex Telco/Banking exec, Managing Director at Founders Basecamp, and an ILM + WBCA accredited Business Coach. In the corporate world, he’s been responsible for 50M+ EUR business lines PnLs, teams of ~50 FTE, and transformation programs impacting the profitability of 2B+ EUR revenue lines. Specialities in Segmented Consumer Marketing Proposition, Agile Digital Product Development, Digital Marketing, Omnichannel Customer experience, and Data Science (from BI to Machine Learning). Most of that in the Telecom, Media and Banking sectors at companies like Orange and Santander (+ a few years of Managing Consulting for good measure). In the startup world, he has built Aerocom Venture (Inflight WIFI for the 500 million annual European Airlines passengers), Founders Basecamp (Education on Lean startup / idea stage validation), and Wazabot (Edtech for improving the outcomes of foreign language learning). Francois is also an Angel investor/early stage startup advisor in London based accelerator program

Course Content

In this course, we will explore the ways in which innovative projects can impact an innovator’s career and the range of hard and soft skills that can be gained through the journey. We will also examine compensation practices for enterprise innovators and how equity can be obtained. Finally, we will delve into the various exit options available to enterprise innovators and how the success of the project can impact the outcome.
Innovating in large organisations can get you a lot of exposure from within your workplace. In this chapter, you will learn about the effect an innovative project can have on your career, even if the project is not successful. You will understand how an obvious display of initiative can impress particularly senior stakeholders. We will also be investigating the range of hard and soft skills an entreprise innovator can gain over the journey.
In this chapter, we will look into the compensation practices of an innovative project within larges organisations. You will obtain a clearer understanding of the differences between an entrepreneur and an entreprise innovator’s compensation as well as the differences between internally and externally recruited innovators. Finally, you’ll have a look at how you as an innovator can attain equity from your venture.
In this final chapter, we will look into the number of ways in which an enterprise innovator can exit their venture. We’ll compare the exit strategies that are adopted by the intrapreneur themselves, and the strategies adopted by the corporate host. We will investigate how the exit outcomes differ depending on the projects success and explore different outcome scenarios based on this.
In conclusion, innovation in large organisations can have a positive impact on an innovator’s career, even if the project is not successful. Compensation practices and equity options for enterprise innovators differ from those of entrepreneurs, and various exit strategies are available depending on the success of the project. By considering these factors, innovators can make informed decisions about their career paths and the potential outcomes of their ventures.

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