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We deliver growth through innovation

Need an innovation strategy, a portfolio update or innovation talent to help you grow?

Design the path to innovation-led business growth

We help you discover new directions for growth, map business priorities to market opportunities and develop actionable roadmaps for methodically delivering differentiating product, service and business model innovations.
Approach

Envision:

To get the most out of the future, you need to define it first. We help you move past fuzzy buzzwords into clear strategic direction by defining how you’ll use innovation to create new value for customers and channel it into competitive advantage. You’ll be set for success with an innovation mission statement that aligns people, projects and decisions around exciting ambitions for the future.

What we do:
 
  • Innovation Mission Sprint
  • Discovery workshop
  • Trend analysis
  • Profit pool framing
  • Future-casting
  • Whitespace insights

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Strategize:

No innovation without execution. We help you make the future actionable by designing innovation as an intentional strategic process. Not a magic formula but an actionable roadmap to systematically point you to new growth opportunities in ever-changing circumstances and make effective trade-off decisions. At all times, you’ll know where to search for new problems and solutions, how to turn ideas into innovation concepts, and what projects (not) to invest in.

What we do:
 
  • Innovation Strategy sprint
  • Opportunity mapping
  • Competitiveness audit
  • Resource & capability assessment

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Build industry-defining innovation portfolios

We help you find better ideas faster, define and incubate novel product and business concepts, gather data on viability and profitability for evidence-based decisions, and build out a balanced innovation portfolio across markets and time horizons.
Approach

Define

Innovation is creativity solving problems. So, to unlock innovation-led business growth, we look at where the world is heading through a lens that aligns your pains with those of your customers. This helps us spot novel opportunities for value creation before they become obvious and come up with better solutions. To decide which projects to pursue, each concept is scored against benchmarks for viability and revenue potential. The outcome lays the groundwork for a balanced portfolio that makes innovation a predictable driver of growth for years to come.

What we do:
 
  • Design sprints
  • Investigative prototyping
  • Ideation workshops
  • Problem fit workshops
  • Hackathons
  • Value proposition design

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Incubate

Unlike most innovation firms, Achilles can move from idea to execution and put innovation into the hands of customers. Our teams bring together designers, engineers, strategists, marketers and technologists. Together, they sync corporate scale with best-in-class startup methods to rapidly evolve concept into product and business model. This process is driven by knowledge transfer and talent development. Through mentorship, training and execution roadmaps, we empower teams and build entrepreneurial DNA into the heart of your organization.  
What we do:
 
  • Business modelling
  • Revenue growth strategy
  • Product Design
  • Service Design
  • Branding
  • Long-term innovation portfolio strategy
  • Supplier-managed innovation

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Validate:

Our model builds on cold hard evidence to identify the best opportunities, eliminate waste and de-risk the route-to-market. Cycling through qualitative research, behavioral experimentation and rapid prototyping, ideas are systematically verified and pivoted to develop value propositions of which the revenue potential is validated by the time they are ready to bring to market.

What we do:
 
  • Prototyping
  • Experiment design
  • Customer validation
  • Feasibility analysis
  • Viability analysis
  • Desirability analysis
  • Usability testing
  • Performance testing

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Grow:

Upon market launch, we set you up to ignite hockey-stick growth with a compounding strategy tailored to your innovation. No laundry list of ‘hacks’ or endless imperative for experimentation, but an actionable roadmap of tasks mapped to measurable outcomes for acquiring, engaging, retaining and monetizing customers. Leveraging proven strategies used by unicorn startups, we help you find ideal channels, define and reach target audiences and craft the right messaging for conversion at scale.

What we do:
 
  • Pilots and commercialization
  • Growth modelling
  • User acquisition
  • Demand generation
  • Conversion rate optimization
  • Funnel hacking
  • Retention strategy
  • Data & analytics

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Develop future-proof talent and leadership

We level up your organization’s intuition for innovation by upskilling teams with training programs, building internal knowledge with actionable toolkits, and helping you recruit top designers, engineers, brand builders and growth experts.
Approach

Training:

The frontier of innovation moves faster every day. We level up your teams to take control of change and become serial problem-solvers. Our training and mentorship programs skip the buzzwords and address the day-to-day nuts and bolts of innovation in corporate contexts. Participants learn creative techniques to find new problems, come up with better solutions and communicate effectively across stakeholders. They walk away as innovation evangelists, sparking wider engagement and transformation throughout the company.

What we do:
 
  • Design thinking courses
  • Innovation mentorship program
  • Training programs in design & innovation

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Knowledge transfer:

Set your teams up for success by giving them access to tailored insights and best practices from our decades of driving innovation across the board. They come as tools, knowledge kits, step-by-step playbooks, workshop and keynotes — whatever works best. We don’t do one-size-fits-all, every deliverable is designed to match your organization’s unique challenges and to be ready to use out of the box. Knowledge materials like these are an effective way to build up internal knowledge and drive corporate entrepreneurship, hardwiring the innovational spirit in the culture of your organization.

What we do:
 
  • Custom Innovation playbooks
  • Toolkits

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Staffing:

It can be tough to find the right hires for your innovation needs. We know because we’re always hunting for the best designers, engineers and strategists ourselves. We’ve also spent decades working with innovation teams at companies of all shapes and sizes. That, plus a high-value network and reputation with universities put us in a unique position to find and recruit the creative profiles needed to take your innovation projects to a leading level — be it on a project-based or permanent basis.

What we do:
 
  • Recruitment & selection
  • Outsourcing Innovation consultants

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Team

Tom Verbist

Senior Manager Innovation & Service Design

Per Mans

Senior Manager Innovation & Service Design

Pieter De Vocht

Innovation & Service Designer

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