Foresight-Driven Innovation: From Futurist Visions to Getting Stuff Done

Innovators Insight with

Tobias Heger

Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer at Creative Dock Group

15 September 2022, 09:00 - 15:30 CEST

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About the session

Before you can build a prototype, validate a product/market fit, and scale for success, you need to identify the most promising ideas. Ideas, however, are a dime a dozen. How can you make sure that you have the best set of ideas? And once you have those ideas, how can you see them through to fruition? The practice of Strategic Foresight detects changes on the horizon, builds a common vision for the future, identifies relevant opportunities, and paves the way for getting things done.

Foresight empowers organizations to engage both proactively and systematically with the future, getting from "we should do this“ to "we did that.“ It bridges the gap between identifying innovative, future-proof ideas, generating impact, and providing real value. In addition to outlining foresight methodologies, Tobias will share examples of foresight-driven innovation that really works with stories from clients: cooking up the future of chocolate with Mondelez, thinking beyond beer with ABInBev moonshots, or scoping vertical farming at Siemens.

About the speaker

Tobias is the Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer at Creative Dock Group, the world's largest independent corporate venture builder. There, he leads a team of more than 50 passionate and experienced experts whose mission it is to support clients in improving their innovation capabilities. Tobias is also Founder and Managing Director at Rohrbeck Heger where he advises clients such as Bosch, Deutsche Telekom, Hyundai, LG, Mondelez, Siemens, Tata Group, Webasto, and many more. Tobias' background is in foresight, innovation management, and strategy.

Before joining Creative Dock Group and founding Rohrbeck Heger, Tobias was Head of Innovation at EIT Digital Germany, a PPP focusing on strengthening European competitiveness in the digital domain. During this period he has worked with clients from multiple industries with a focus on the future perspective, digital businesses, and the application areas of information technology. A futurist at heart, Tobias engages in building up new companies in addition to his day-to-day job. He is an active researcher, lecturer, and business angel. His research has been published in leading international journals and on conferences such as Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Futures, ISPIM and the R&D Management Conference. Through his investment company Tobias advises founders, with a particular focus on IT, logistics, and mobility.

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