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New Book: The Other Side of Growth

A critical call to re-think creative destruction & moral implications of innovation & ecosystems today


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 sustainable growth. I work cross-industry as a sustainable business innovation consultant, thought leader, author, lecturer & international keynote speaker. I’m founder of consultancy Explorer Labs, co-founder of Wicked Acceleration Labs, Member of Board of Advisor’s at Global Innovation Institute (GInI), Exec-Ed course author at Open University and Honorary Practice Fellow at Imperial College Business School. I consult and lead Fortune 500 organisations across innovation strategy using approaches such Design Thinking, Systems Thinking, Lean Start-up, Business Model Innovation in both B2B and B2C contexts and have trained over 4000+ executives globally.

Who is Mike Pinder?

I’m a constructive troublemaker and innovation consultant, educator and author with 15+ 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, Systems Thinking, Lean Startup, Business Model Innovation. 

My purpose

“To inspire people to grow and become constructive troublemakers in the World, so we leave it better than we found it…

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New Book Release

The Other Side of Growth: An Innovator’s Responsibilities in an Emerging World

A critical call to global business leaders seeking to re-think the broader creative destruction innovation can bring. Driven by environmental, social and ecosystems thinking on the practice of innovation, each chapter provides a critical lens and perspective on corporate innovation today into tomorrow.

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Latest Publications, Research & International Speaking


Move Over Design Thinking: Desirability, Viability, Feasibility – Time for a Better Approach

New article out on the limitations of our thinking and doing about innovation when we stick to framing from a desirability, viability and feasibility perspective. The desirability, viability, feasibility Venn…

New Paper: Accelerating Multi-Stakeholder Moonshots to Address Grand Challenges: The Case of World Economic Forum’s Scale 360 for Circular Economy Innovation

Dr Cristobal Garcia-Herrera, Prof Erkko Autio and myself recently presented a new paper titled: Accelerating Multi-Stakeholder Moonshots to Address Grand Challenges: The Case of World Economic Forum's Scale 360° for…

Wicked Acceleration Labs Launched

Very happy to announce the launch of Wicked Acceleration Labs! An industry & academia partnership with Imperial College Business School, Royal College of Art & industry leading firms to develop better…
Systemic Design Training with Namahn to Solve Grand Challenges & Wicked Problems
Experimentation Design & Planning Innovation Challenge 2021 Deep Tech Acceleration Imperial College & RCA
The Other Side of Growth Book Author Panel Discussion & Q&A
Author Webinar: The Other Side of Growth An Innovator’s Responsibilities in an Emerging World
New Book: The Other Side of Growth: An Innovator’s Responsibilities in an Emerging World
Speaker: 2nd International Symposium on Corporate & Industrial Acceleration Imperial College Business School

Innovation Management

Business Model Innovation

Design Thinking

Innovation Research

Lean Startup

Corporate Intrapreneurship

Mike delivered remote design thinking training to staff. Throughout the training, he demonstrated a breadth and depth of knowledge that helped all attending in applying skills and understanding how it would apply to them in their roles. His level of expertise and knowledge of the innovation process was great, and he has certainly inspired us to apply these methods in our day-to-day work, and we were already applying these by the end of the course. The training was evaluated continually and Mike adapting the approaches to meet the needs within the group

Zoe GardinerSenior Project Manager at JISC

Mike was the chairman and a speaker at our 2nd Design Thinking for Business Innovation Summit. 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 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

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

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

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

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