Unitywater

Tapping into internal idea pipelines – managing new ideas from concept to implementation.

Challenge

Unitywater is a water and sewerage utility in South-East Queensland which has developed a strong business based on excellence in customer and staff engagement and service delivery. One of Unitywater’s core values is ‘Innovation’ and the organisation is constantly looking for ways to do things better and be more efficient. The organisation was keen to establish a more structured approach to its innovation processes and move away from the more “serendipitous” and ad hoc method that had been used historically. It wanted to develop a more robust and reliable process to manage new ideas from concept through to implementation, which employees from all areas of the business could access.

 

Solution
  • Impact Innovation Group (IIG) helped Unitywater to develop an innovation plan that aligned with its corporate strategic goals. The plan included outlining roles and responsibilities of the innovation team, establishing innovation pipeline structure and pathways, evaluation tools, a communications plan and training of innovation champions.
  • Unitywater secured a licence to the Brightidea platform to help manage their innovation pipeline in accordance with the innovation plan.
  • IIG then helped to plan and launch the new innovation program through a Hackathon-style event that generated new ideas in relation to four key themes of corporate priority.

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Outcomes
  • The Innovation Plan was presented to and approved by the Executive Leadership Team (ELT).
  • The Hackathon event involved more than 60 employees, plus the innovation team. The ELT was also represented on the day and formed the judging panel for the top ideas presented.
  • More than 150 ideas were generated on the day in response to the four themes.
  • The top idea of the day (as judged by the panel) was immediately awarded a preliminary budget to establish a team, kick off the project, and move to a more defined business case.
  • Unitywater imported the ideas from the event into Brightidea, and has established a schedule for future ideation activities and challenge rounds.

Large and multinational companies we have worked with:

The Impact Innovation Group provides the corporate rigour that many of our early stage ventures require. They provide the timely, on-demand inputs that assist us to achieve our capital raising and licensing objectives.

Dr Dean Moss CEO
UniQuest Pty Limited
The Targeted Innovation Management System delivered outstanding innovations that have been simple to implement, while enhancing our bottom-line.

Ryan Clerihew NuChem Pty Ltd
The ongoing support of the Impact Innovation Group in engaging with industry across a range of robotic, motion sensor and nano technologies has greatly enhanced our commercialisation efforts.

Gary Heyden Former Director of Deakin Research Commercial
The Impact Innovation Group’s structured approach to innovation greatly assisted our grant application with Commercialisation Australia as well as the ongoing implementation of our business strategy.

Clint Ramsay Director of NeoRehab Pty Ltd
As an investor, your approach to identifying ideas to ‘bypass bottlenecks’ is a refreshing change.

Peter Riikonen Director of BioHerbicides Australia Pty Ltd
Brian was a guest speaker at one of our client events. His presentation resonated with our audience and attracted a very high satisfaction rating when we polled guests afterwards, especially for his delivery style and solid grounding in the topic of maximising the return on innovation investment.

Ross Patane Managing Partner, Crowe Horwath Australia

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