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Thought Leader and Influencer Interview with Donnie Lygonis, Innovation Strategist & Business Coach, KTH Innovation
Focus Areas: Innovation, Startups, Entrepreneurship, Sustainability
Thinkers360 In-Depth Profile & Portfolio: Donnie Lygonis
Thinkers360 Leaderboards: Top 50 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers on Metaverse 2022.
Thought Leader Interview
Thinkers360 thought leader interviews profile prominent members of the Thinkers360 community who embody the power of ideas in their work. In this edition, we speak with Donnie Lygonis, Innovation Strategist and Business Coach at KTH Innovation. He is also the founder of Entrepreneurs Without Borders, a non-profit business with a mission to help start and grow sustainable companies.
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Thinkers360: Tell us a bit about your background and areas of expertise
DL: I’ve been working with ideas and innovation for the past 25+ years, either starting my own businesses or helping others start theirs. For the past 13 years I have been part of co-creating KTH Innovation, the innovation support at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, and I am proud to say we are considered to be one of the best innovation support units in the world today, and our framework www.kthinnovationreadinesslevel.com is becoming a global standard for early stage innovation support.
I am also the founder of Entrepreneurs Without Borders, www.ewb.world a non-profit that supports early stage founders of positive impact generating companies in developing countries. Our goal is to help them achieve sustainable growth in order to create new jobs and reach the UN SDG’s faster.
My expertise is early stage idea realization; be it a startup or internal new project, I am highly skilled and experienced in bringing new ideas to life.
Thinkers360: What are your current responsibilities, and what’s a typical day look like?
DL: My current responsibilities are to meet and coach researchers, students and employees at KTH with early stage innovation support, as well as representing the university at events and on panels, discussing innovation, entrepreneurship and future technologies.
Thinkers360: What’s the favorite part of your current role?
DL: Meeting and helping incredible people with new ideas that actually have the potential to change and save the world.
Thinkers360: How do you utilize Thinkers360?
DL: Network and inspiration, so many good people here.
Thinkers360: How do you like to work with brands that wish to engage you as a thought leader?
DL: I have been working as a professional speaker and workshop facilitator on innovation and innovation processes for the past 15 years, and am open to help any organisation become better at handling the future.
Editor’s Note: See Donnie’s Thinkers360 In-Depth Profile & Portfolio.
Thinkers360: What’s your main advice for upcoming thought leaders?
DL: Find your core subject what you are passionate about and become really good at that, read and study, develop continuously, and be the one we phone when we need to know something in your domain.
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