InGenius serves as a breeding ground for innovation, it consists of a dedicated entrepreneurial team and a crowdsourcing platform where employees can collaborate and grow ideas into tangible business opportunities. More than 43,000 Nestlé employees from 110 countries have generated 3,400 new ideas and submitted over 63,900 votes.
Nestlé has embraced bimodal thinking and speed with a process that takes innovations from idea to deployment within six months in an effort that emphasizes learning fast and failing smartly.
Nestlé’s approach is a leading example of how to succeed with executing Mode 2 projects, a concept where many companies struggle. The InGenius process encourages innovation and bimodal thinking by acting as an internal startup accelerator.
InGenius has deployed 48 solutions since starting-up 5 years ago to address challenges around the globe, from low-cost sensors for small-holder farmers to check soil moisture of their crops, to an app that enables employees to check product freshness and on-shelf availability in 26 markets around the globe.
Core to our team's work is digital acceleration, design thinking, user research and prototyping to help the idea owner to refine their idea and pitch it to executives for seed funding (around CHF 50k-100k plus the freedom to operate - internal man-days). After receiving the funds, the team builds the product in hackathon-style.
InGenius supports global communities (R&D, Marketing & Sales, Manufacturing, Supply Chain,IT, HR and Procurement) and is currently also experimenting with local markets (Nestlé USA, Nestlé Korea, Nestlé Canada & more).
Our employees have enjoyed and benefited from working in a start-up-style environment, learning new design, technology, and pitching skills, as well as from the exposure to senior Nestlé executives and building a global network. The experience contributes to the development of a more agile and innovative mindset inside Nestlé.
To deliver state of the art solutions, we work with many different partners from different fields, some of them are: