Innovation leaders face similar challenges in their businesses, regardless of industry or organization size. There is a clear need for open and confidential dialogue, as well as sharing of practices, models, and experiences - both achievements and challenges. Companies must also draw in more innovation professionals and cultivate a culture of innovation and internal entrepreneurship. To increase awareness and appreciation for the field, all this requires raising awareness and appreciation.
Strong engineering expertise has been the cornerstone of Finland's business success. We want to compléter that with an experimental innovation culture and systematically managed innovation activities. We also aim to promote open dialogue with business leaders and owners on how investing in innovation can enhance product and service development and create opportunities for growth and business renewal. Innovation activities are also key to better anticipating changes brought about by megatrends and global phenomenon, Kivikoski, Chairman of the Board of Innovation Practitioners Community, said in a statement.
This year, IPC will focus on establishing strategic partnerships with innovation-seeking companies and educational institutions. The United Nations will also offer a worldwide perspective, aiming to expand beyond the borders of the United States. The IPC aims to serve as a hub for local innovation initiatives, learning from global best practices and models to encourage innovation in Finnish companies, as well as showcasing the Finnish innovation scene globally.
The community platform is expected to launch in early 2024, enabling IPC to disseminate innovation knowledge to all individuals engaged in innovation work within organizations through means such as podcasts and visits, and engage professionals from various sectors in discussions.
In the field of innovation expertise, things are always changing, which is why ongoing sharing of experiences and perspective is crucial for embracing the new. Through a peer network, knowledge spreads faster - and that benefits all companies, Kivikoski says.
The creation of the Innovation Practitioners Community reflects a proactive approach to addressing the challenges faced by Finnish companies in a rapidly changing business environment. The community's mission is to foster cooperation, knowledge sharing, and a global vision, as they aim to foster a revived spirit of innovation and contribute to Finland's competitiveness globally.