A multidisciplinary Senior Innovation Consultant spanning Strategic Design, Business & Innovation Management
Innovation & Entrepreneurship Speaker
Keynote speaker across innovation strategy, design thinking, lean startup, business model innovation & intrapreneurship topics
End-to-end Innovation Consulting Specialist
Guiding corporate teams through innovation bootcamps, corporate accelerators, hackathons, Design Sprints & more+
My Work Process
See how I apply my background knowledge in Design, Business & Innovation to project work
Hands-on Innovation Consultant
From Design Thinking, Lean Start-up to Business Model Innovation & Pitching + more
User Innovation Research
Read my latest research on how external disruptive community innovation is absorbed across firm boundaries
See my range of skills & expertise in Design, Business, Research & Innovation Management
Who am I?
I’m a Senior Innovation Consultant with 10+ years hands-on experience. I originally came from an arts background, trained in the design process through visual communication, graphic design, Web technologies, UI/UX design and development. I gained an MSc in International Business & Management for Design and started my PhD in Innovation & Entrepreneurship; giving me broad skill-sets, tools and methodologies to apply at strategic, tactical and operational levels, coupled with hand-on industry experience new technology R&D.
What do I do?
I work for Board of Innovation, cross-industry and help internal Fortune500 teams to innovate like start-ups, by applying my multi-disciplinary background across design, business and innovation management through hands-on consulting, training and facilitation of tailored innovation programmes. Ranging from bootcamps, corporate accelerator’s programs, long-term cultural change programs using methods like Design Thinking, Design Sprints, Lean Start-up and AGILE methodologies, business model innovation, pitching and commercialisation in both B2B and B2C.
What makes me tick?
I’m naturally inquisitive; passionate about the near-possible; an ENFJ; a critical design, business and innovation thinker who loves to uncover why questions and is keen to learn from everywhere and anyone around me. I love all things digital including hacking technology, reading, writing, art, sliding down mountains, cycling all over, creating things and I have a keen interest in all that flies.
I’m particularly interested in how firms can harness and capture value from their extreme users, creative consumers or hackers by proactively-facilitating and overtly-absorbing external generativity as a vital source of innovation and added-value. I have so far written on the topic at PhD level, carried-out research, authored papers and monograph.
Latest Publications, Research & International Speaking
Business Model Innovation
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