Engie: 3 new ventures & an invigorated innovation strategy
From innovation strategy to corporate accelerators: 360° innovation support for Engie.
Engie, known as GDF Suez prior to April 2015, is a French multinational electric utility company. Engie is a pioneer in nuclear energy in Europe with the development of the first pressurized water reactor built in Belgium. It’s one of the few players in the sector to develop expert skills in both upstream (engineering, purchasing, operation, maintenance) and downstream (waste management, dismantling) activities.
Engie takes on the challenge of the energy transition through its three businesses: electricity, natural gas, and energy services. To do so, Engie reached out to Board of innovation for support and to revamp its overall innovation approach.
A long-term partnership for innovation strategy
1. A focused innovation strategy
2. Inspiring innovation programs
We engaged with current and newly identified Engie intrapreneurs in several interactive deep-dives into the world of entrepreneurship using hands-on tools & cases.
In this way, we were able to scout and train +50 new intrapreneurs. These highly inspired people are now ready to accelerate Engie’s innovation strategy.
3. An innovation accelerator
Lastly, we kickstarted a 6-month innovation accelerator within the organization to boost the creation and launch of totally new business ideas in strategic growth areas.
Three of the business ideas raised were taken the extra mile and resulted in 3 new ventures launched.