Innovation is one of the key enablers of progress. But innovation is dangerous business and new startups have to deal with this risk very carefully so as to succeed and grow successfully. Here I share some best innovation tips for budding startups. Research, analysis and innovation.
It’s important to always re-examine and objectively look at your innovation ideas. A lot of new ideas fail because they don’t offer a realistic business plan or even a clear roadmap of what it is you are trying to achieve. Many times innovative businesses fail because no one knows how people work, where they work and how they think. So an innovation process oriented startup needs to spend time understanding how people work and its processes and then designing a business plan around that.
A very important tip to consider is to look at the environment and look at the positive impact that innovation will have on the environment. There have been many debates over innovation and environmental sustainability. Some experts argue that innovation doesn’t directly create a positive impact on the environment but indirect impact is indirect. So the first thing that you need to do is to reduce waste. For example instead of throwing away waste you should segregate waste and recycle that waste. The most efficient way of doing this is through carbon offsetting and working with the national agencies to reduce emissions.
Another very important tip to keep in mind innovation thinking has a direct impact on economic growth. You see many innovative products and ideas get developed only to be abandoned or stolen by their competitors later. So the most important economic growth tip I can give you is to apply innovation thinking during the start up phase. Don’t be afraid to try new things and challenge existing business models. This can increase the profitability of your start up by getting the competitors chasing your product.
On a final note on innovation you must have a closer look at business models. Innovation doesn’t just mean looking to the future but also looking into the present. The current business models have many problems. So a tip for innovators is to look for more efficient business models. This can be achieved by looking into what other successful companies are doing and emulating them.
So as you can see innovation isn’t just a light bulb that turns on whenever you turn it on. But rather it’s a process that needs careful planning, implementation and a closer look at existing business models. Once you implement these tips for your business innovation strategy you should start to see a greater level of economic growth.