This includes referrals through Innovation Portfolio’s extensive networks so that the innovators have access to the best expertise. Innovators are made aware that they do not have to reinvent the wheel – but should look outside in the open innovation space, find what exists, identify the gaps, and then adapt it or combine it with other approaches that work. There are many tools and templates out there. Innovation Portfolio’s approach is used combine strategic thinking with the practical tools required for developing new products, services, and strategies, all focused first and foremost on leapfrogging to the next big innovation breakthrough.
Innovators are introduced to establishing types of new works (Crowd -sourcing, Slack, and SENSORICA) that build and support their specific innovation efforts. In today’s open innovation environment, possibilities include peer-to-peer networks for people working in open innovation networks, events, and forums connecting problem solvers and innovators. Innovators are given the time and means (internet access) to network. There are opportunities to help individuals improve their personal networking skills. Both virtual and face-to- face networking are encouraged and supported. The Innovation Portfolio facilitates networking events to enhance opportunities for innovators to build strong relationships.