Innovation Way & Research

Research expertise at the service of innovation consulting

Created in January 2017, Innovation Way SAS is a spin-off of the ERPI laboratory (Équipe de Recherche sur les Processus Innovatifs) of the University of Lorraine.

Since the mid-1990s, the laboratory has been convinced that innovation is no coincidence. After auditing hundreds of companies, the ERPI teams have developed a set of tools and methods to facilitate the development of innovation in companies.

Johan Claire was then an innovation advisor for a consular agency. He supports SMEs on a daily basis and notes the effectiveness of using formalized tools to analyze business needs. The use of tools usually allows a more complete analysis and makes the result more audible to SME managers.

In constant contact with many innovation support actors (agencies, clusters, consultants, etc.) in France and abroad through the ISO TC 279 committee, Johan also notices that the support offer for the success of innovative projects is very dense. Many firms offer their help in identifying partners, setting up projects and many are still focusing exclusively on financing innovation. On the other hand, very few offer support for strengthening the innovation management system, which is essential to sustain the company’s innovation dynamic.

Knowing the research of the laboratory, he decided to partner with researchers to enhance the value of their work by offering to innovation consultants tools and methods dedicated to the development of innovation management in companies.

It is 2017, the Innovation Way adventure begins!

In 2019, after 2 years of success, several hundred innovation diagnoses carried out by our clients, Regional Innovation Agencies, consulting firms, consular organisations and professional federations, Innovation Way is initiating its own research activities through a thesis related to digital development. Other development actions follow with the design of a Serious Game and the development of a new diagnostic tool based on the ISO 56002 standard.

Innovation Way is now focusing its development on international markets and distributing its tools in Europe, Japan, Malaysia, Paraguay and Trinidad and Tobago… The company is also developing numerous partnerships and is involved in various networks in order to make the “Innovation Management System” concept known more and more effectively.

The objective is to propose a vision of innovation consultancy :

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