Mike Pinder

Senior Innovation Consultant spanning Strategic Innovation Management & New Business Design


Hands-on Innovation Consultant

From Design Thinking, Lean Start-up to Business Model Innovation & Pitching + more


Publications & International Speaking

Innovation thought leadership: keynotes & articles published


International Keynote Speaker

Innovation Strategy, Design Thinking, Lean Startup, Business Model Innovation, Co-creation & Intrapreneurship


End-to-end Innovation Consulting Specialist

Guiding corporate teams through innovation bootcamps, corporate accelerators, design sprints in B2B & B2C +more


Work Process

See how I apply my background knowledge in Design, Business & Innovation to project work


User Innovation Research

Read my latest research on how external disruptive community innovation is absorbed across firm boundaries


Multidisciplinary Skills

See how my range of skills & expertise in design, business, research & innovation management can help you

What I can help you with

I’m excited about innovation and enabling personal growth. As former Innovation Expertise Lead at Board of Innovation, I work cross industry in B2B & B2C helping Fortune 500’s to innovate like start-ups. I apply my multi-disciplinary background spanning design, business & innovation management through hands-on consulting, training & facilitation of tailored innovation programmes. I regularly author thought leadership pieces and give international keynotes on innovation. I design and run corporate accelerator’s, build long-term cultural transformation programs and grow partnerships + many other innovation formats.

Who is Mike Pinder?

Mike Pinder Senior Innovation ConsultantI’m a Senior Innovation Consultant & Expertise Lead with 12+ years hands-on industry experience. I originally came from an arts background, trained the design process. I help the World’s largest organizations & teams to build innovation and growth strategies to navigate uncertainty from innovation strategy to methods like Design Thinking, Lean Startup, Business Model Innovation. I have a broad skill-set to apply at strategic, tactical & operational levels. 

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Latest Publications, Research & International Speaking

Remote Keynote: Best Virtual Consulting Collaboration Practices World Economic Forum Circular Economy – Hybrid Work Conference 2020

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It was a pleasure to speak at Praca Hybryd Konferencja (Hybrid Work Conference) 2020 to the Polish innovation community this month. Expertly organised and run by the team at Socjomania,…

Remote Keynote at Service Design Network: Innovation and Start-ups: The Challenges and Opportunities

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Happy to announce that I'll be guest speaking at the Service Design Network Netherlands Chapter on the role of Service Design for Innovation & Startups "Mike will share his experiences…

How to Evolve Your Strategic Innovation Capabilities to Meet the Emerging Post-Coronavirus (COVID-19) Value Landscape

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Reading time: 25 mins Abstract The aim of this article is to shed light on how established innovation processes can be augmented to enable businesses to innovate at the speed…

Remote Keynote at University of Cambridge Open Innovation Forum on Intrapreneurship & Culture

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It was a pleasure to give a remote keynote presentation at the University of Cambridge's Open Innovation Forum (OI), hosted by the Kerry Group in Dublin Ireland as part of…
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Keynote at 2nd Design Thinking for Business Innovation Summit

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Happy to announce that I'll be giving a keynote at the 2nd Design Thinking for Business Innovation Summit on 6th and 7th of February in Barcelona, Spain. I'll be speaking…

He-Man can teach you powerful lessons about how to successfully manage continuous innovation

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The whiplash journey of Mattel’s beloved kids’ toy range perfectly sums up the fundamentals and key challenges of managing continuous, successful corporate innovation. Avoid He-Man sized innovation mistakes And now…

The Top 7 Challenges Innovation Managers Face in 2020

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As the new year approaches, innovation managers all over the world will be thinking about the year ahead whilst taking some quality time off to recharge and re-plan their impact…

How to create an innovation strategy that translates to the operational team level

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Say no to innovation theatre! Create an actionable innovation strategy in 5 days that translates down to the operational team level and drives results. We’ve all seen or experienced high-level…

Interview with ARYZE: How to Implement an Innovation Strategy in Just 5 Days

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I recently had the opportunity to give an interview with ARYZE on how to implement an innovation strategy in just 5 days.

Innovation Management

Business Model Innovation

Design Thinking

Innovation Research

Lean Startup

Corporate Intrapreneurship

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Mike was the chairman and a speaker at our 2nd Design Thinking for Business Innovation Summit on February 6-7, 2020.
The audience found his presentation very relevant, insightful and practical. He received one of the highest overall ratings.
Mike was an amazing chairman; he is funny, proactive and able to set up a very welcoming, friendly atmosphere at the event. Thanks to Mike’s very professional approach and cheerful personality our event was a great success. I would definitely recommend Mike as a keynote speaker and chairman.

Olga GalkaVolanthan Group

Mike managed to switch on light bulbs that weren´t there before. He encouraged me in a professional and contagious way to drop artificial limitations to my already creative mindset. Mike recognized intuitively to challenge me (and others) in the way we needed it to excel in our future everyday customer journeys and duties. Keep up this inspiring spirit!

Wolfgang SchuesslerValmet Industrial Internet EMEA

My personal experience when working with Mike Pinder has been positive and inspiring. Mike keeps the customer (us) very well on track what is going to happen and what needs to be done. He also do challenge the customer / participants to think outside of the box, which is not easy always and may feel challenging at the time but his way of doing that typically helps to understand that there are even more ways to think or do things. As a person he has a good (British) sense of humor and has a great natural stage presence, even for bigger audiences. I have enjoyed working with Mike and can recommend his expertise and way of working to any other colleague or stakeholder in my network.

Santeri HeinonenSenior Manager, Global Talent Development at Valmet

It is always amazing to see new talent with a desire for innovation and design emerging from academia and finding its way to industry. This is the case of Mike, whose management methodologies and new product development skills are outstanding and very desirable for any kind of industry.

Dr Sergio Castillo GarciaTechnical Director, Electronics Engineering

Mike’s breadth of experience in the domains of design, innovation & technology is unparalleled. He is a walking library of frameworks, tools & methodologies who possesses the unique ability to flawlessly apply his theoretical knowledge to complex business environments. He is the embodiment of a ‘growth mindset’, relentlessly curious and continuously hungry for feedback.

Lucas TamborynInnovation Consultant, Coach & Trainer

Mike has applied himself successfully to many disciplines in his role as Digital Innovation Strategist and adopts new skills and technologies with enthusiasm. He is a pleasure to work with and demonstrates attention to detail, is always focused on the task in hand and has a thorough understanding of innovation and product development.

Jim SimonsFounder AliveIn Tech Ltd

I worked with Mike for several years within a multi-disciplinary team of software developers, research scientists, designers and engineers and had the pleasure of seeing him work seamlessly across design, business, management and innovation roles in the startup environment. I was particularly impressed by his wealth of knowledge across the design process, backup-up by a strong strategic business mindset as well as his ability to get people on board with new creative ideas from different disciplines. Mike is someone with strong ambition, is self-motivated and would be a tremendous asset to any team.

Vassilis ValavanisDSP Engineer & Researcher