Igniting Innovation: Tips, Sparks and Ideas for Acting on Innovation

A 20 Million Dollar Innovation Pipeline in Less Then 8 Hours

Posted by Corie Roudebush Spialek on May 31, 2016 3:00:54 PM

Last week we held the 4th Annual Innovation Engineering Conference at Eureka! Ranch.  At the conference we created disruptive "leap" innovations in less then 8 hours on the first full day.2016InnovationEngineeringConferenceDay1.jpg

In truth - these types of big ideas that "matter" are no harder to create and develop then small ideas. That's because:

1) Innovation Leaps are changes that are worth the effort i.e. "they are cool stuff that matter"

2) Innovation Leaps have upside potential that creates pull within the organization

3) Innovation Leaps are a ton of fun to work on as they are truly Meaningfully Unique.

On Sunday, we learned about System Driven Leadership and how to apply it to leap challenges.  Monday, we kicked off an amazing Innovation Engineering accelerator that resulted in a 20 million dollar pipeline in less then 8 hours for a mission based company called Waterfields.  

2016InnovationEngineeringConferenceDay2Presentations.jpgBefore lunch the team that had assembled created over 250 ideas all captured on yellow cards.  After lunch they were narrowed down to 18 ideas that were put through 89 cycles of learning, 21 quantitative tests, and 50 prototypes were built.  All were presented with prototypes, financials, and forecasts.

On June 22, 2016 we invite everyone to join us for this years online conference which will be broadcast live from 9am to 5pm Eastern Time:


Opening Keynote & What Have We Learned

10am Leap Innovation Workflow - Idea to Reality
12pm Lunch Break
12:30pm System Driven Leadership Classes
4pm Taking it Home - Applying System Driven Leadership to our Leap Challenges
4:30pm What Have We Learned Today

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Topics: Create, innovation

Corie Roudebush Spialek

Written by Corie Roudebush Spialek

Corie is the Director of Operations at Eureka! Ranch. She has a superlative attention to detail, yet sees the big picture. She is vigilant at doing the right things – even if they are not the easy thing to do. She’s efficient, persistent, dedicated, and unflinchingly committed to the Ranch and her clients. During her over 14 years with the Ranch she has helped push teams from a diverse group of companies like Jim Beam, Tyson Foods, Walmart, General Mills, Infantino, Public Radio International, National Wildlife Federation, and The Student Conservation Association to new places in their approach to innovation. Corie is a DePauw University graduate who gets the job done with grace and good humor. She and her husband Ed live in Cincinnati, Ohio with their son and twin girls. She is a DePauw University graduate who spends her free time at the pool or on the lake with her husband and three kids.

Welcome to the first blog from the Eureka! Ranch and Innovation Engineering Institute team.  Here you will find a diverse group of innovators dedicated to changing the world by transforming innovation from a random gamble to a reliable system that delivers increased innovation speed and decreased risk.


So, many exciting things are going on at Eureka! Ranch and with Innovation Engineering don't miss out on anything:

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