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Fusion with L Marks: Accelerate Open Innovation with a Competitive Workshop

What is the Fusion programme?

Fusion is a 3-day competitive programme that enables companies to solve a specific, defined problem or opportunity and ensure that solutions can be accelerated quickly into implementation.

 

Through the discovery and assessment of emerging technologies and solutions, your organisation and the startups will work together over a 3-day workshop to develop an innovation solution to the challenge and an accelerated roadmap for deploying a PoC. Throughout the 3 days, all teams will compete to develop a solution using the L Marks Fusion proven methodology and processes. 

 

Why do a Fusion?

There are four main reasons for doing a Fusion programme: solving a really difficult challenge, speed, engagement and learning. 

  • Your organisation will be able to fast-track solutions in 3 days, which usually could take 6-9 months to develop and test;
  • Your employees too will have the chance to explore entrepreneurial flare and interest;
  • Being an Open Innovation initiative, you will collaborate with external solution providers and learn from different work styles and approaches.

 

Benefits of a Fusion

There are several additional benefits of Fusion :

  • The final chosen solution is one agreed by and bought into by all the key stakeholders. This cross-company/cross-discipline alignment ensures a smooth and rapid path to implementation and acceptance/downstreaming;
  • Fusion is an inclusive approach – employees at all levels get to work together and decide on the best outcome. It exhibits and engenders an inclusive culture, which permeates across the business and is reflected in future projects;
  • It builds new relationships and reinforces existing ones behind an ethos of collaboration.

 

How does Fusion work?

Fusion enables companies to solve a specific, defined problem or opportunity and ensure that solutions can be accelerated quickly into implementation. Cross-functional teams are formed from within the company, together with tech entrepreneurs, to address the challenge statement. Throughout the 3 days, all teams will compete to develop a solution using the L Marks’ Fusion proven methodology and processes. With preparation being the key to the success of this programme, the project is delivered in four phases:

  1. Setting Challenge Statement 
  2. Global Scouting 
  3. Team Formation 
  4. Three-Day Fusion

 

What differentiates Fusion from the Innovation Lab?

Both programmes match corporate problems with external solutions, however, there are two key differences: breadth and duration. 

  • The Innovation Lab addresses multiple challenges at once, the Fusion generates solutions that relate specifically to only one chosen challenge. 
  • Similarly, the Innovation Lab is a 10 weeks in-depth engagement, while the Fusion is a 3-days workshop, where the teams work collaboratively and competitively to address the challenge statement.

 

Case Studies

Many companies used Fusion to grow better. Learn how DPD UK solved a key business challenge in just three days.

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