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Navigating Uncertainty: Scouting Technologies and Innovation for New-Business Building

We need to prioritise innovation and technology scouting because, in uncertain times, one thing we can be certain of is the importance of human ingenuity and curiosity. Forging stronger connections between innovation and cybersecurity through technology scouting is imperative to safeguarding advancements in critical infrastructures, ensuring resilience, and mitigating risks when geopolitical complexity rises.

In a world constantly teetering on the edge of innovation, it's crucial to embrace technology scouting, especially when it comes to emerging technologies like Quantum Computing, CyberSecurity, CleanTech, BioTech, and Advanced Engineering Materials. These cutting-edge advancements aren't just about scientific breakthroughs; they hold the key to unlocking solutions to some of the most complex and daunting challenges we face today.

Imagine a world where diseases are cured before they even manifest, where climate change is mitigated by unparalleled energy solutions, and where cybersecurity is virtually solid. These aren't just pipe dreams; they're within reach, thanks to the boundless potential of emerging technologies.


Corporate companies, startups and investors who dare to venture into the realm of deep tech are the trailblazers of our time. They recognize that the future isn't just about incremental improvements but about quantum leaps in innovation. And therein lies the challenge: to remain relevant and competitive in a landscape where yesterday's solutions are obsolete by tomorrow. But fear not, for navigating this complex terrain is not 'mission impossible'. Here, I share some of my experiences in building a strong program for innovation and tech scouting:

1) Map Your Strategic Goals and Objectives: What kind of opportunities will you search for?

Start by clearly defining your business objectives and areas where emerging technologies could make a significant impact. Whether it's improving operational efficiency, improving supply-chain resilience, or disrupting existing markets, clarify in objectives is key.

2) Invest in Software to Manage Your Portfolio and Master your Pipeline

There are many reasons why you should invest in portfolio software. The ability to capture and manage ideas, use data for analysis, and rank projects to score and prioritize the most promising investments. Digital tools can be used to handle interactions, maintain ecosystems, and unlock data at scale to drive enterprise-wide value. 

Find the right digital tools to manage and scale your portfolio. 

3) Manage Your Innovation and Scouting Portfolio: Know when you're navigating successfully

Managing innovation and scouting portfolio is a dynamic and multifaceted endeavor that requires a delicate balance of foresight, adaptability, collaboration, and projects to consider. From identifying emerging technologies to cultivating an ecosystem of collaboration, every aspect plays a crucial role in achieving long-term goals and financial success.

 A) Continuous evaluation and optimization of the portfolio

 B) Determine to continue or end the investments

 C) Plan for new assessments

4) Invest in Talent, Partnerships, and Resources

Identify and invest in talent with expertise in scouting technologies and innovation. Whether through hiring, training, or external partnerships, having the right people with the right skills is essential. Additionally, allocate resources for R&D to stay ahead of the curve.

5) Cultivate a Culture of Curiosity

Foster an environment where curiosity is not just encouraged but celebrated. Encourage your team to explore new technologies, attend events, and engage with external experts in emerging fields. Curiosity is the spark that ignites innovation.

6) Forge Strategic Partnerships

Collaboration is the cornerstone of innovation. Forge strategic partnerships with deep tech startups, research institutions, universities, and other companies working on cutting-edge technologies. By pooling resources and expertise, you can accelerate innovation and drive impactful change.

7) Iterate and Adapt

Innovation is not a one-time event but a continuous process. Embrace a mindset of iteration and adaption, constantly refining your approach based on feedback and new discoveries. Stay agile and be willing to pivot when necessary to keep pace with the ever-evolving technology landscape.

By following these steps, you can build a program for innovation and tech scouting that not only keeps your business competitive but also positions you at the forefront of transformative change. So, embrace curiosity, dare to explore the unknown, and together with ingenuity-driven people, you can create a better future. But be systematic in your approach and your efforts will pay off in many ways.


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