Intrapreneurship Conference #Stockholm

#0: Intrapreneurship… What?

Some people say intrapreneurship is an attitude rather than a skill, others are creating intensive intrapreneurship programmes for their employees to foster innovation. But what is it really?

Intrapreneurship is the act of behaving like an entrepreneur while working within a large organization.”*

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Intrapreneurship helps big organizations to innovate faster, better and continuously, by adapting innovation methods successfully used by startups. Intrapreneurship is a driver for accelerating culture change and organizational transformation, developing the capability to capitalize on opportunities for growth. Embedding intrapreneurship also helps to attract, retain and develop the best and brightest talent.”**

Right, now you know what intrapreneurship means and why it is now looked by companies as the new way to innovate, engage employees and perform better in an ever-moving and changing environment. Let’s now have a look at what we have learnt at the last Intrapreneurship conference where 170 innovators / disruptors / intrapreneurs met during 3 days in Stockholm.

#1: The importance of the environment

The first thing that surprised me when I joined #IntraCnf is the environment we were in. We started the conference at the Epicenter, a campus for successful start-ups, and I must say it is one of the most inspiring workplaces I have ever been to. As soon as I entered the place, I instantaneously felt inspired, creative and wanted to work there myself.

The Epicente, in Stockholm

#2: Discovering Stockholm’s ecosystem

Another wonderful thing about this conference has been to be immersed into Stockholm’s ecosystem: whether it was through local speakers, attending the Intrapreneurship Awards ceremony or by visiting innovative hubs and companies and understanding what makes them successful.

Design Thinking workshop @Google, Stockholm

#3: Participating in excellent workshops

My two highlights during this conference were workshops, one on prototyping by Fredrik Heghammar and one on “Reframing your thinking” by Patrick Leenheers and Rod Ben Zeev from THNK.

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Reframing our core belief, team output

#4: Meeting inspiring people

Like in Vienna, I haven’t been disappointed by the people I have met during the 3 days of the conference. What an inspiring bunch! The level of expertise, experience and openness in the room was outstanding. And it’s the people who make the whole event worthwhile. Whether it was the speakers, the organisers, the participants or the hosts: everyone was cheerful, happy to share their stories and willing to participate and learn from each other. I guess this is why we all love going to these types of events: meeting like-minded people who are trying to make a change in their teams, companies or even sometimes in the world and who can inspire us to be a better version of ourselves at the end of the 3 days.

Visiting Google’s Head Office in Stockholm

What next?

If you think you are an intrapreneur or would like to know more about what it is and how you can help your company to embrace it, well it’s simple: get in touch with the IntraConf team, with myself or come to the next Intrapreneurship Conference!

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@RH_WAY speech, ending the #IntraCnf in Stockholm

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