InGenius

Accelerator program
within focusing on employee driven
innovation

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:

Incubate

Employees pitch and vote on our global ideation platform, experts evaluate ideas and our lab executes on them startup-style, once funded we deliver a complete business solution.

Co-Innovate

We work with external partners to explore the use of innovative technology from IoT, over Drones and Virtual Reality to cognitive computing and more.

Facilitate

We enable partnerships for Nestlé businesses with start-ups, hackers, tech companies and customers to create technology integrations that make a difference.

48 Projects in 5 Years

Water Sense

Low-cost, fully customisable open source hardware and software for smallholder farmers in emerging countries with a focus on saving water and increasing farmer income while activating local communities.

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Fast and Green

Combining the direct to consumer demand for rapid delivery with eco-credentials, we piloted with Nespresso API driven order to bike delivery in under 2 hours in London, Brussels and Zurich.

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Track and Trace

A Customer Service and Consumer facing solution providing multi-carrier visibility of our parcel shipments across the globe. Estimated time of arrival via direct notifications regardless of the back office carrier and real-time analytics to identify those delivering to our high standards. Currently rolling out to a Nespresso market near you.

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Drones in the Warehouse

Leveraging drone technology in order to improve stock count accuracy, cost avoidance and most importantly employee safety.

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MyHuddle

A mobile-first workforce solution, custom integrated into O365 to empower virtual and multi-generational teams to effectively engage during their operational and strategic reviews. Supported by a customisable chatbot that presents KPIs by exception, teams are better able to focus on delivering tangible business results.

 

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IMS Marketplace

An internal Amazon inspired marketplace integrated into SAP that presents business opportunities from producer markets to accelerate food innovation projects across the group. New product launches and trending products within this inter market supply catalogue are prominently featured alongside logistics information and a gantt tracking request dashboard and chat to avoid needless emails.

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10 nationalities,
countless ideas,
one team.

Our interdisciplinary team of thinkers, innovators, designers and product managers supports our employees to successfully take their ideas from ideation, over pitching for funding, to implementation in the markets.

Nick De Blasio

Founding member of InGenius and Global Lead of Employee Innovation; excited to help others grow, innovate and achieve more together. Life is short, lets make a difference!

Dan Modoranu

UX Designer by day, Visual Designer by night with a passion for working on meaningful UI/UX projects that enhance the user's experience.

Kevin D'Silva

Co-founder and Honoree member of InGenius, inspired by our people and fascinated by innovation. Driven by making the impossible possible within Nestlé.

Pete Becker

Tinkerer, imagineer and outdoor addict. Passionate about bringing great ideas to life through teamwork. Runs on diesel or espresso (and gelato).

Andrew Spalding

Digital craftsman keen to work with like minded innovators to hone, refine and nurture ideas that help evolve Nestlé business.

Arkajeet Dasgupta

Developer and Architect making real ideas using SAP cloud and on-premise technologies. Love to smile as it captures a million hearts and costs nothing.

Andras Czippan

Full stack developer and Azure expert. Rapidly prototyping ideas into MVPs. Gamer at heart with a passion for city travelling.

Ankit Walani

Serial Entrepreneur and fly by night theatre actor. Focused on hacking the next growth opportunity; a doer and passionate innovator.

Matthieu Fortuit

Seasoned Product Manager coming from the telcos world. Fan of new tech and IT since my first Sinclair ZX81.

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