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GBEMI AKANDE

Corporate Innovation

 

Helping Corporates & Startups Create And Launch Innovative Products

For the past 10 years, I have worked with Corporates and tech Startups in three different continents to jumpstart their innovation journey and create outstanding innovation portfolios. I am an expert in Program Management, Product Innovation and Corporate Venture Capital.

Initially starting as an Innovation Strategist in a boutique consulting practice, I designed and implemented frameworks for Corporate Innovation Labs, managed the innovation practice in the largest Financial Services group in the MENA region, designed and recently managed a Startup Venture Studio where I achieved an exit (major acquisition and IPO) within a 12month period.

Industries I have worked in: Financial Services, Media, Transportation/Automotive/Logistics

 

Contact

gbemiakande@gmail.com
(647) 570-8374

 

Areas of Expertise


CORPORATE INNOVATION PROCESS DESIGN

Designing frameworks and internal processes for Corporates to operationalise their innovation practice. Following a HUMAN CENTERED DESIGN approach while setting innovation governance models to ensure optimal output


CORPORATE VENTURE CAPITAL

Managing internal innovation labs within enterprises. focusing on multiple stakeholder needs, goals and overall product strategy while helping the enterprise innovate like a startup and optimising the best funding strategies to suit the business objectives.


PRODUCT STRATEGY

Ensuring that innovation teams are building the right thing by combining qualitative and quantitative research, scenario building and trends analysis to inform the right product decisions. Key strategic inputs are related to customer, competition, data, innovation and value propositions


VENTURE CREATION & INVESTMENT

Collaborating with startups to launch disruptive solutions in the market. Managing startup development using a lean startup methodology, facilitating venture investment (angel and VCs) and designing and supporting go-to-market strategies. Worked with startups in the FinTech, Automotive and Media industries.


OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT

Managing the overall program scope & lifecycle and maintaining its continuous alignment with strategic business objectives. Setting the operational plans and making recommendations to modify the plan when necessary. Setting priorities to ensure optimization, and overseeing the timely/quality execution of the overall program.


PRODUCT MANAGEMENT

Working with agile software engineers, designers, agile test engineers (QA) to plan features, iterations and ensure that product releases provide the needed value to the customer. Following lean, extreme programming methods to ensure optimal delivery of applications