Helping you reach the peak of innovation


Solve industry challenges using strategic innovation and design thinking

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Idea Accelerator

is an immersive event where participants learn to solve challenges across six categories using strategic innovation and design thinking.

What to Expect

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Join a team and innovate a solution to a real problem.

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Build a business model around your innovative solution.

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Pitch your team’s business solution

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 Focus on a Category

Participants will focus on creating viable business solutions to solve real problems in their industries.

They will find inspiration from Upward’s signature Idea Wall, a 30-foot-long wall full of crowdsourced challenges and ideas, which aim to address innovations across the following six categories:

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Health & Safety

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Participants will have the opportunity to learn how to use Practical Innovation and Design Thinking to solve problems 

Moving Ideas Forward
A Practical Innovation Workshop
8:30am - 9:00 am

Moving Ideas Forward will help participants learn about the value of using innovation techniques to solve problems and resolve conflict. Laid out in a useful way, this practical innovational workshop will help corporate innovators make a bigger impact.

Inspiring Action
A Design Thinking Workshop
10:00 am - 10:30 am

Inspiring Action focuses on introducing participants to Design Thinking and showing how this process can be used to maintain a structured approach to creative problem solving.

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February 8, 2019
8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Breakfast Included

Who is Running the Idea Accelerator

Idea Accelerator is a collaboration between Upward and Innopeak Consulting.

Upward will be hosting Idea Accelerator in their state-of-the-art event space, located in downtown Hartford, CT. Click here for directions.

Innopeak Consulting will be facilitating Idea Accelerator. Based in Avon, CT, they help organizations overcome challenges through strategic innovation, design thinking and lean strategies. Click here to learn more or contact them today.

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Frequently Asked Questions


+ What is innovation?

Innovation is the introduction of a new ideas, devices or methods, and their applications toward meeting new requirements, addressing needs and improving processes.

+ How do you learn innovation?

Innovation most frequently comes from identifying a need followed by iterating a new or improved solution. There are processes, techniques and exercises that improve your capability to innovate.

+ What is design thinking?

Design Thinking is an iterative method of developing solutions based on the needs of the end user. While traditionally applied to the product development process, the theories and techniques of design thinking are effective and efficient methods for addressing needs or solving problems.

+ What do you mean by business solution?

A business solution is a method for solving a problem while generating revenue at the same time.

+ What is a business model?

A business model is the method used by an organization to generate revenue.

+ What if I’m not an entrepreneur?

This event is intended to be an immersive, innovation-focused event, and relies on collaboration from people with many skills and backgrounds to be a success.

+ What if I’m not a business person?

This event is intended to be an immersive, innovation-focused event, and relies on collaboration from people with many skills and backgrounds to be a success.

+ Will this help my corporate job?

Idea Accelerator will help you learn how to be more innovative and apply design thinking to solving problems, which are valuable skills in corporate settings.

+ What if I’m not good at pitching?

Thats ok! Not everyone on the team will pitch, but we will have a pitch template to follow and help you get prepared.

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