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Gijs van Wulfen

Global Speaker on Innovation at Van Wulfen Innovation

Kefalas, Greece

6369 Followers

Gijs van Wulfen (1960) is worldwide an authority in innovation. He is the founder of the FORTH innovation method, a proven methodology for the start of innovation, which is implemented on six continents. His book ‘The Innovation Maze’ was crowned recently as Management Book of the Year 2017 in The Netherlands. As LinkedIn Influencer with 315.000 followers he travels all over the world to inspire people as keynote speaker or workshop facilitator. Gijs’s lectures are straightforward, practical, inspiring and entertaining.

As business economist, Gijs worked the first fifteen years of his career as marketer in the Food sector and later as strategy consultant at Ernst & Young and Boer & Croon. At the end of 2002 he started his mission to inspire people all over the world to become better innovators. In 2006, he published ‘Creating New Products and Services’, the first of his four English books on how to start innovation effectively. He is keynote speaker at large events, such as the ‘Turkish Innovation Week’ in Istanbul or ‘Product Innovation Berlin’. And he facilitates innovation workshops for 3M in the USA, DuPont in the UK, NEC in Japan and AIRBUS in France.

Available For: Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: Kefalas, Crete, Greece
Speaking Topics: innovation, design thinking, entrepreneurship

Gijs van WulfenPoints
Academic0
Author155
Influencer64
Speaker5
Entrepreneur0
Total224

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Company Type: Service Provider

Areas of Expertise

Customer Experience
Design Thinking 48.13
Entrepreneurship 34.52
Innovation 45.38
Leadership 30.19
Lean Startup
Open Innovation
Startups 47.07

Industry Experience

Aerospace & Defense
Agriculture & Mining
Building Materials, Clay & Glass
Chemicals
Consumer Products
Federal & Public Sector
Financial Services & Banking
Healthcare
High Tech & Electronics
Higher Education & Research
Insurance
Manufacturing
Professional Services
Retail
Travel & Transportation
Utilities

Publications

5 Article/Blogs
How do You Pick the Right Moment to Innovate?
linkedin
July 02, 2019
Only around ten percent of the innovations are truly new to the market, or new to the world. An important reason why so few real innovations hit the market is that people are risk averse. I like to quote the CEO of BMW AG, the German luxury car producer, Dr.-Ing. Norbert Reithofer. When asked why BMW started the risky electric car project with the BMWi-3 and i-8, he responded, 'Because doing nothing was even a bigger risk'. To be effective as innovator, you should look out for these moments.

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Tags: Innovation

Why Do Incremental Innovations Dominate?
linkedin
June 13, 2019
Do you want to be innovative by launching new breakthrough products or services? Of course you do. But the reality is that it takes hard work.

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Tags: Innovation

Depressing Facts on Innovation
linkedin
June 04, 2019
Innovation is seen by a lot of people as a black hole, where large sums of money go in and all too seldom do successful innovations come out. Most of the time they are right. The facts are quite depressing.

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Tags: Design Thinking, Innovation

Nine Innovation Secrets of Successful Creative Teams
linkedin
April 15, 2019
Scientific research reveals secrets about how some of the world's greatest video games were created. They collected data on 12,422 video games that were produced from the inception of the industry in 1979 to 2009, and on the teams that developed them.

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Tags: Design Thinking, Innovation

3 Inspiring Innovation Blogs You Should Read
linkedin
March 12, 2019
Innovation is frustrating a lot of times. That's why I like to share 3 blogs from my new book Inspiration for Innovation to inspire you and cheer you up!

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Tags: Design Thinking, Innovation

3 Books
Inspiration for Innovation
Bis
November 01, 2018
Inspiration for Innovation helps you to become a successful innovator. It offers practical insights, tips and tools and teaches you how to innovate. With 101 columns, this book inspires, confronts and surprises everyone who is looking for more inspiration on this topic. Using an expedition metaphor, it reveals how to achieve a strategic mind-set: timing, breaking patterns, understanding customers, creating a culture for innovation, and implementing innovation projects successfully. Every spread is a mix of intriguing pictures, graphics and inspiring stories. It’s a wonderfully designed book to inspire yourself or to buy as a gift for other people. The 101 lessons in this book make you dream, think and act like a successful innovator.

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Tags: Design Thinking, Innovation, Startups

The Innovation Maze
Bis
April 04, 2016
Do you find innovation a maze? In creating your new business case, do you find you get stuck by what seem like insurmountable obstacles along the way? Many people experience innovation as a maze and get lost or stuck in their journey behind obstacles such as having no internal support, a lack of resources, no time, and no inspiration, meaning that statistically, eighty percent of all innovation projects never reach the market. This book is a practical guide on how to navigate the innovation maze. It shows four clear routes from different natural innovation starting points and guides you through overcoming the obstacles to successfully deliver new business cases for products, services, and business models. This much-needed hands-on guide―written by Gijs Van Wulfen, a recognised authority, author, and keynote speaker on innovation and creativity―gives clear directions on how to effectively overcome these obstacles and deliver. The Innovation Maze makes innovation simple, delivering a coherent approach to the creation of new business cases. Written for startups, entrepreneurs, managers, consultants, and those who are looking for practical real-life advice to successfully get through the innovation maze.

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Tags: Design Thinking, Innovation, Startups

The Innovation Expedition
Bis
July 01, 2013
The Innovation Expedition does for innovation what Alexander Osterwalder's mega bestseller Business Model Generation did for business modelling: it makes a complicated business subject very accessible by telling the story in a visual way and by presenting a method that is tested and works! Gijs van Wulfen was chosen in 2012 by LinkedIn as one of the 150 thought leaders and was listed on the International Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2012.

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Tags: Design Thinking, Entrepreneurship, Innovation

1 Keynote
How to Start Innovation
Turkish Innovation Week
December 10, 2014
Keynote speech of Gijs van Wulfen on "How to Start Innovation?" at the Turkish Innovation Week 2014 for 2500 Turkish innovators in Istanbul, Turkey. More on Gijs's keynotes at www.gijsvanwulfen.com.

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Tags: Design Thinking, Innovation, Leadership

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