EarlyBirds Explains How Organisations Can Build a Continuous Innovation Pipeline
18 August 2021

EarlyBirds wants businesses to realize that they need not always focus inside their organisation when looking for innovators who can help speed up innovations. Startups and scaleup companies typically are already developing disruptive solutions, which means that companies that want to pursue continuous innovation, need not “reinvent the wheel.” They only need to find those innovations that startups and scaleups have developed that are applicable to their business. This is where the EarlyBirds open innovation ecosystem can help with the continuous innovation pipeline.

EarlyBirds, an Australian company that operates the EarlyBirds business to business (B2) open innovation ecosystem that offers a way for innovators, early adopters, and subject matter experts (SMEs) to collaborate and push for technology advancement, has explained how organisations can build a continuous innovation pipeline. A continuous innovation pipeline requires a small, dedicated team that is focused on making minor improvements to a product or service but done on a regular basis. It is what constantly pushes an organisation to move forward, with focus made on one project, one change, one adaptation, or one idea at a time, but done regularly or continuously.
Continuous innovation has become necessary as technology advances and customer demand expands or evolves with time. After choosing the members of the team, an organisation can proceed with setting up a continuous innovation pipeline. This is a systematic approach to producing a steady flow of actionable ideas such that innovations for business improvement are continuously generated.

At the start, divergent ideas may be fed into the pipeline but somewhere along the way inside the pipeline, some ideas will weaken while others will become stronger and sometimes converge with other ideas. At the later stages, these converged ideas are formalized by the innovation team and applied for the improvement of products or services or for the creation of a new product or service. This continuous innovation pipeline will gradually build the organisation’s capability edge and competitive edge through continuous improvements. One example of a company that is continuously innovating is Sony, which has been gradually and continuously improving on its television sets and other consumer electronics products. Another example is Gillette, which has been regularly improving on its razors.

EarlyBirds wants businesses to realize that they need not always focus inside their organisation when looking for innovators who can help speed up innovations. Startups and scaleup companies typically are already developing disruptive solutions, which means that companies that want to pursue continuous innovation, need not “reinvent the wheel.” They only need to find those innovations that startups and scaleups have developed that are applicable to their business. This is where the EarlyBirds open innovation ecosystem can help with the continuous innovation pipeline.

In the EarlyBirds B2B open innovation ecosystem, businesses can work together with innovators and get advice from SMEs to discover solutions that will enhance their product or service. The EarlyBirds platform has more than one million global innovators that is growing and constantly updated plus over 100 SMEs and more than 500 organisations registered. This is a huge number of innovators to choose from across all industries and solution types, which means that more than likely, organisations will find innovators who can help with their continuous innovation pipeline projects. In the EarlyBirds open ecosystem, businesses can discover, interact, explore, and learn about various innovations that may help them. They can also request and initiate collaboration and buy a certain product or service.

People can participate on the EarlyBirds platform by registering as an early adopter, subject matter expert, or innovator. As such, the EarlyBirds play a primary role in accelerating innovation in organisations, which would be very helpful in continuous innovation pipeline projects.

The EarlyBirds open innovation ecosystem has two parts a self-service subscription to the platform and two assisted programs. The Explorer program, which is designed as a service for speeding up innovation for the entire organisation and it has a number of key features, including: a nominated SME for the business; a platform enterprise license; platform user training, webinars to help stimulate innovation in the organisation; quarterly and monthly innovation days; and a focus on specific innovations. The other is the Challenger program, which is appropriate for those who want to concentrate on one challenge for the organisation, such as attaining a certain goal or achieving a specific business or technical outcome. EarlyBirds is actively looking for partners to establish a holistic industry capability view and those who are qualified and are willing can contact them through the phone or by email.
People who would like to know more as to how the EarlyBirds can help businesses with their continuous innovation pipeline can check out the EarlyBirds website at earlybirds.io, or contact them on the telephone or through email.