Most of the things we do haven't really been done before.

Let's face it- despite all the talk about innovation, we're still in the early days of understanding how it really works.

The pressure to perform is high, but we’re figuring things out on the go. No framework or best practice covers it all. No consultant or coach has the silver bullet (although some make you believe they do).

The best way to get answers to your questions is by tackling them with others, in similar roles chasing similar objectives facing similar challenges.

That’s what Innov8rs Circles are: a group of peers who “get it” with no other agenda than to help you and each other, offering you the support and encouragement to further increase your impact.

Enrollment for the next cohorts of Innov8rs Circles running from February 2020 to November 2020 is now open. 


Whatever you're working on, we've got you covered.

No worries. We’ll carefully match you with a group of relevant peers, covering your key topic(s) as part of the application process. Of course, it’s up to you to accept and confirm.

Strategy, Governance & Leadership

Innovation Culture & Skills

Metrics & Impact

Finding, Retaining & Developing Innovators

Intrapreneurship: From Idea to Launch

Corporate Startups: From Launch to Scale (and beyond)

Open Innovation, Ecosystem Engagement & Startup Collaboration

"I like the fact that I can share openly my thought and challenges in my daily work and also the level of empathy that this intimate circle creates. I have gained more self-esteem in my position and also I understand better the professional challenges that I need to cope with. This has been a great opportunity to meet "colleagues" from around the world, and gain effective tools for my job."

A really good experience! The other participants also had lots of experience, so we got a clear (and most of the time painful) understanding of the challenges we face. It is very interesting and reassuring to know that it's not just you that faces these issues, but that the issues plaguing corporate innovators are by and large the same. Also great to have an experienced facilitator to guide the discussions.

How It Works...

70% of learning comes from experience, experimentation and reflection, not the classroom.

That’s why peer learning works: because it incorporates experience, experimentation and reflection. It deals with current problems and challenges faced by innovators, right where and when they face them.


Carefully Matched Peers

There are circles for specific roles or on specific topics as well as general circles in regions. Circles consist of 8-12 peers selected based on their past experience, current scope and future goals. And it’s corporate innovators only- no consultants.

In your application, you can indicate if you are looking to join a group with peers in a similar role, a group focusing on a specific topic, or a more general circle in your region.

No Travel Required

The circles meetings happen online. You can join from the comfort of your desk or couch, reducing the time you need to invest, and completely eliminating travel costs.


9 Months of Dedicated Support

Innov8rs Circles is a 9 months program, wherein you’ll join 12 90-min circle meetings. These are not just random chit-chat-y calls. They are being facilitated following the unique circles meeting methodology, that has been developed together with advisors from MIT, Harvard, the Entrepreneurs’ Organization and Young Presidents Organization.

Our professional facilitators are experienced in making the circle meetings engaging and effective, and they make sure that everyone gets their share of asking and giving. Subject matter experts are available to join at request of the group to answer any open questions and share best practices.


This is the peer group you've been waiting for all along.

If you want to cut your learning curve, and to surround yourself with people who are serious about getting results from innovation, Innov8rs Circles is right for you.

You’ll have candid conversations about those few things you can’t really discuss with anyone else. You’ll leave every meeting with groundbreaking ideas and powerful inspiration from beyond your backyard.

You’ll have your thinking challenged and your answers questioned in a friendly, fast paced, facilitated environment. You’ll see things with fresh eyes, discover new ways to do things, and enhance your network.

Start the application process via the button below.


Questions & Answers

All peers in your circle are selected after application only, and we only accept corporate innovation practitioners- no consultants. We assemble a group based on applications’ past experience, current scope and future goals, so that there’s a proper balance between getting and giving. We value diverse perspectives and so you’ll always find a mix of companies and industries represented in all circles.

All circle participants agree upfront to keep whatever is discussed as part of the circles, confidential, and to respect privacy norms. Our peer circles are a safe space for open and candid conversations for like minded people who have shared goals. In our selection process we’ll make sure to not accept peers from competing brands to one cohort.

Circles meetings are all held online so you can join from the comfort of your desk or couch, reducing the time you need to invest, and completely eliminating travel costs. You’ll get a link to an online meeting room that will be used for all sessions. You can join from your desktop, tablet or phone, although we strongly suggest using video for max engagement for everyone.

Circles are hosted by professional facilitators, with subject matter experts available to join at request of the group to answer any open questions and share best practices. So when the group agrees it’s valuable to get this outside advise, the facilitator will arrange for that.

Participating in a circle requires a time commitment of 12 x 90-min meetings over a period of 9 months, February 2020 – November 2020

To ensure a quality experience, we ask you to apply first. Based on your experience, scope and goals, as well as the topic you’d like to focus on, we match you with others and we will contact you for further steps.

You don't need to go alone.

Apply to join a peer circle today.


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