Innovating in start-up mode: that’s the purpose of Safran’s intrapreneurship program. Within barely a year, the first season has included two high-potential projects entering the acceleration phase and the second season has already begun. If you missed the start, here’s the pitch*!
Innovating is about having not just good ideas, but a certain mindset too. And that’s why Safran launched an innovation support program called “We love intrapreneurs” at the end of 2018. The idea is to encourage employees to identify new products and services that could generate value for the Group, and to help them fulfill their project within the company. “Intrapreneurship is where an employee’s motivation and their company’s strategy meet to grasp new business opportunities,” summarizes Olivier Leclerc, who coordinates the initiative in the R&T and Innovation Division. “This has always existed informally. What’s changed is the status and resources we give it. In a world that’s moving faster and where competition is ever fiercer, you have to always reinvent yourself more quickly. And to do that you have to know how to innovate in an agile way. Intrapreneurship is a response to this challenge.”
May the best intrapreneur win!
The “We love intrapreneurs” program doesn’t replace existing innovation schemes. Rather, it complements them. “For a long time, the Group’s employees have been encouraged to share their bright ideas, for example as part of participative innovation,” Olivier Leclerc reminds us. “With this scheme, we’re going further by asking them to promote, explore and defend their ideas, to build a team, and to devise a business plan…