What does IF do?

Innovation Fisher’s goal is to provide students with exposure to real world innovation practice methodologies and business problems. A full slate of events are held each year to deliver on that goal, including but not limited to the events listed below.

Innovation Fisher Workshops

Innovation Fisher hosts skill-based workshops intended to provide student attendees with tangible, implementable skills which can then be used later on both project work and throughout a student’s career. Previous examples have included how to do brainstorming correctly, generative research as a method for uncovering unarticulated consumer needs and design theory in business.

Site Visits

A true manifestation of Innovation Fisher’s focus on real world innovation practice, IF arranges site visits for students at organizations with either dedicated innovation centers or a stated instance of innovation practice implementation. Previous site visits have been arranged at Alliance Data,┬áDublin Methodist Hospital, and Watershed Distillery.

Fellowships

Innovation Fisher has partnered with leading innovation-minded organizations to provide Innovation Fellowships for its members. These fellowships are either ongoing or summer internship opportunities afforded specifically to Innovation Fisher members who have pursued the organization’s innovation certificate program and can bring a well-rounded, practical understanding of innovation practice to an organization.

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Innovation Fisher has partnered with leading innovation-minded organizations to provide Innovation Fellowships for its members. These fellowships are either ongoing or summer internship opportunities afforded specifically to Innovation Fisher members who have pursued the organization’s innovation certificate program and can bring a well-rounded, practical understanding of innovation practice to an organization.

Organizations Receive Students Who Have:

  • Demonstrated passion for innovation and its applied concepts
  • Pursued the Innovation Fisher certificate program to develop a toolbox of innovation-based tools and techniques to deal with complex business problems
  • Pursued this area in addition to an already rigorous academic program
  • Realized the need for “horizontal” skill sets which leverage both deep functional experience and a broad range of skills and competencies

If your organization would like to participate in this program, please contact Innovation Fisher.

Students Are Placed With Organizations Which:

  • Have a demonstrated focus on innovation and need strong candidates to fill roles in this area
  • Value the broad-based skills provided by Innovation Fisher events and an already rigorous academic curriculum
  • Have been progressive in their hiring practices in order to identify the next generation of leaders
  • Will provide tangible, meaningful experiences in the area of innovation

Consulting Services

Innovation Fisher members, are offered the opportunity to participate in consulting projects both internally at Fisher and for external clients. Internal opportunities allow IF members to use the skills and methodologies developed through IF workshops and Fisher’s innovation curriculum in a tangible setting.External opportunities build on that experience to provide value to organizations executing innovation-based projects or broader projects in need of a new perspective.

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Innovation Fisher members are put through a certification process which not only gives them the tangible innovation practice skills and methodologies needed to be effective but also assures participating organizations that they are receiving balanced, robust, extensively experienced students to work on their business problems when they engage with Innovation Fisher.

Projects range from those dedicated strictly to innovation-based initiatives such as new product or service offerings or organizational architecture projects to become more innovation-friendly to projects based in functional areas in need of innovation practice-based approaches. Student team access to both Fisher College of Business faculty and student peers through Innovation Fisher strengthens the deliverables and outcomes achieved by IF consultants.

For information on how to engage Innovation Fisher on your organization’s business issues, please contact innovationfisher@gmail.com.