Skip to content


The latest corporate innovation and intrapreneurship trends.

Subscribe to our Newsletter

  • Embrace the concept of an inspirational design target

    I recently wrote an article about the four lessons I learned in the trenches of corporate innovation. In it, I write that in order to innovate you need to know what you’re doing (and why), identify your champions, embrace learning and not be afraid to ask for what’s truly needed. I want to expand a […]

    October 24, 2016

    Read More
  • When it comes to corporate innovation, what is energy self-sufficiency worth to your bottom line?

    The rising cost of electricity has many people worried these days. For large companies, the sticker shock should prompt business leaders to ask the question, “What are the alternatives?” The falling prices of renewable energy technologies have made electricity self-sufficiency more affordable than ever before. For corporate electricity users, this prompts an interesting dilemma: having […]

    October 14, 2016

    Read More
  • Corporate innovation: 4 lessons I learned in the trenches

    During my time working in innovation in the consumer packaged goods and banking industries, I learned a lot about how to get a large company to think and act differently. Organizations often struggle with defining their vision for innovation, identifying their corporate “intrapreneurs” and embracing a learning culture. Here at MaRS we think it’s crucial […]

    September 28, 2016

    Read More
  • What comes first in digital transformation—the culture or the innovation?

    Recent IDC Canada research found that only 17% of Canadian businesses have a full digital strategy in place, despite overwhelmingly knowing they need one. So what’s going on? One theory is that many businesses still don’t know or agree on where and how to start on digital, and that a massive, unified cultural shift across […]

    March 15, 2016

    Read More
  • Why LEO Pharma picked Toronto for its new innovation lab

    Zayna Khayat, was the senior advisor of health system innovation at MaRS and director of MaRS EXCITE, she caught up with Miron Derchansky, head of LEO Innovation Lab in Toronto, regarding the pharma company’s move to the Greater Toronto Area. Q&A with Miron Derchansky of LEO Innovation Lab Zayna: Tell us more about LEO Pharma. Miron: LEO Pharma is a […]

    March 3, 2016

    Read More
  • Innovation culture: A Q&A with Alan Smith of Strategyzer

    Alan Smith is obsessed with design, business and the ways we do them. A design-trained entrepreneur, he created the Value Proposition Canvas with Alex Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur, the breakthrough design for Business Model Generation, which has sold one million copies in 36 languages. Alan also co-authored Value Proposition Design. He co-founded Strategyzer, where he […]

    February 18, 2016

    Read More
  • Innovation for the current age

    Many businesses we know today were built or evolved out of the industrialized era. The innovations of the mid-18th and 19th centuries resulted in labour-based mass production alongside improvements in transportation, communication and banking. In 1955, Fortune Magazine identified the 500 largest companies—a list that’s become synonymous with success. In 2015, only 61 of those […]

    February 11, 2016

    Read More
  • Corporate innovation: Pushing Canada into the digital economy

    It’s time for Canada to become synonymous with digital innovation. Our industries have to step up and compensate for the long-term lack of technology investment and conservatism that leaves us in an economy where, for example, only 3% of retail happens online, and many of our most innovative minds head for Silicon Valley. A big […]

    February 3, 2016

    Read More
  • Why corporate leaders need to get comfortable with business model innovation

    No business can expect long-term survival without embarking on reinvention. The folks at Strategyzer recently interviewed Saul Kaplan, founder of the Business Innovation Factory, about innovation—about business model innovation, to be more specific. In a nutshell, here’s what Saul had to say. Learn to think differently Disruptive innovation occurs not just by way of new […]

    January 27, 2016

    Read More
  • 8 Skills Your Innovation Team Is Missing

    If building an entrepreneurial culture is one of your company objectives, a key aspect to consider is the people that you hire. Successful innovation in the 21st century depends on the engagement of the entire organization—not just the leadership. When building a more entrepreneurial culture, ask yourself: Are you hiring staff with entrepreneurial skills and traits? […]

    January 14, 2016

    Read More