The Lens - Changing Perspectives

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The Lens is a structured and disciplined process that develops ideas for innovation from the ground up.


Through co-design with senior leaders, we fully align with your mission, agree what success looks like, set the Investment Criteria and Fund, tailor the programme, advise on peer led investment decision making and composition of Judging panel.


Leadership is crucially important, this day long workshop engages leaders and managers, focussing on middle managers role in particular. It encourages them to do even more to promote intrapreneurship and innovation.  


The Launch announces The Lens and tells people how they can take part. It generates a buzz  and inspires people to engage. This can be a physical event as well as digital. We support this event through well developed communications.


‘Flashbulbs’ go to every member of staff over a twelve week period. These bite sized, accessible on line resources are a coherent suite of resources, and provide tools and case studies on innovation. To compliment the Flashbulbs we also produce a newspaper with similar content that we will distribute where people can’t access electronic information.


Activating Intrapreneurship is an energetic and dynamic workshop where we generate ideas, create new ways of thinking and connect those ideas to your mission. Promoting collaboration and fresh perspectives, these workshops bring together up to 100 people from different teams and departments, creating new connections and encouraging applications.


Intrapreneurs are blazing a trail, thinking differently and sometimes challenging the current ways of doing things. Studios are friendly, accessible yet powerful one to one consultations that allow Intrapreneurs to develop and critique their idea. This builds confidence and insight.


The Lens builds a culture of idea generation, constructive critique and investment based decisions. Delegating decision making through peer led judgement, signals a powerful belief in staff, encourages new thinking and accountability. The judging process is facilitated and chaired by The Lens, through specific training and proven methodology with your Investment Criteria at its heart.


This intensive series of workshops develops people and ideas, building skills, expertise and confidence. These skills are transferable and we regularly see participants grow in confidence, taking on new leadership roles. The workshops include:

  • Business Storytelling – teaching Intrapreneurs to talk about their idea in a compelling way that builds teams and momentum.
  • Business Modelling And Value Proposition – the vital building blocks required to build a sustainable business model.
  • Prototyping – Intrapreneurs develop their ideas through user-led design, market testing and prototyping. 
  • Pitching – We integrate what intrapreneurs have learned about their idea and help them and transform this into an engaging and compelling five minute pitch.


Where all the learning comes together and is showcased. It’s a high impact event filled with excitement and anticipation as the Intrapreneurs pitch for investment and we take the time to celebrate their achievement, dedication and hard work. Intrapreneurs who haven’t yet secured investment are signposted and supported to think of other options.


Intrapreneurs who successfully secure investment are given skilled support, in the form of mentoring, spanning a 12 month period to continue to develop their growth mindset and intrapreneurial skills as they work to turn their ideas into action. This integrates with the Hot House when that’s provided as an optional extra. 


We want to help build a culture of innovation and change. That’s why we measure the skills and attributes most closely associated with innovation. We present an evaluation report after the Final at a review meeting with all key stakeholders. We capture what has been learned and what could be improved on, building this in to the next programme. A final report is produced after the last Mentoring session which examines the impact the ideas have had. 


The delivery of every Programme is supported by the Programme Support team who project manage all aspects, event manage the Final/Investment Day and coordinate all administrative aspects of the Programme.