Pioneers Learning Lab
Pioneers Online Learning Lab
Round 1 - April/May

Learn, network and get inspired through interactive
online sessions brought to you by our innovation consultants
and industry-leading corporate partners.

In times where business events are being canceled and people are working from home,
Pioneers are passionate about continuing to foster exchange in the innovation ecosystem.
In a series of 5 interactive online sessions , participants will explore innovation techniques
and get inspired by best practices on the market. Reserve your spot in one of our
online sessions and take your innovation learning to the next level. All sessions are
free of charge and provide insight into consulting formats Pioneers offer
to corporate partners.


Tuesday 7.4.2020, 14:00-15:00
Workshop: What is Social Entrepreneurship and why does it matter?

Tuesday 14.4.2020, 16:00-17:00
Live Ideation: Developing creative skills in times of uncertainty

Monday 20.04.2020 - Friday 24.04.2020
Learning Videos: Sketching techniques in Rapid Prototyping

Thursday 30.04.2020, 13:00-14:00
Live Discussion: Running effective Design Sprints in corporations

Wednesday 6.5.2020 11:00-13:00
Think’n’Innovate: Competitive advantage through innovation strategy
and tech monitoring (German)

Target Groups

Intrapreneurs, Innovation Managers,
Business Leaders, Product Developers
and everyone who wants to deepen
their innovation knowledge.


Each session provides learners with inspiration and
industry insights that can be applied to
your own business-context. The practical
exercises help you try out new tools
and techniques for developing business
and product ideas.

Program Details

More information on each session can be found below.
All sessions are free of charge and there is no pre-required knowledge.
Please sign up as soon as possible to save your spot.

1. What is Social Entrepreneurship and why does it matter?

Format: Online Workshop
Date: Tuesday 7.4.2020, 14:00-15:00 (UTC +2)
Language: English

In this interactive workshop Pioneers’ consultants, Michaela and Verena, will take you through the fundamentals of social entrepreneurship and explore how companies can create more positive social impact. Whether you are a corporate professional or entrepreneur, this webinar is designed to show how you can apply social business models and tools to your everyday life.

2. Developing creative skills in times of uncertainty

Format: Live Ideation
Date: Tuesday 14.4.2020, 16:00-17:00 (UTC +2)
Language: English

In times of high uncertainty, how can organizations remain innovative and further develop the creative skills of their employees? During this interactive webinar, Priszcilla Varnagy, CEO of Be-novative, will facilitate a live ideation session on how to drive creative processes in companies and strengthen creative self-confidence. Together, we select the best ideas on the ideation Platform Be-novative and learn how efficiently brainstorming can be done online.

3. Sketching techniques in Rapid Prototyping

Format: Learning Videos & Exercises
Date: Monday 20.04.2020 - Friday 24.04.2020
Language: English

With the help of short online videos, Pioneers’ innovation consultants Alex and Erik will show you different sketching techniques during a rapid prototyping process. Such techniques are helpful to visualize your thoughts and communicate them more easily with peers and potential customers. They are also helpful to discover new angles of your idea and develop concepts further. In practical exercises, you will try the methods out yourself and will be surprised, how effective sketching can be! You can sign up below to receive the videos via email and take part in the discussion group.

4. Running effective Design Sprints in corporations

Format: Live Discussion
Date: Thursday 30.04.2020, 13:00-14:00 (UTC +2)
Language: English

How can Design Sprints in partnership with scale-ups lead to effective outcomes and help businesses conceptualize and test business models on the market? In this interactive discussion, our guest speaker Capser Van der Veen from AEGON Continental Europe (tbc), a dutch life insurance company, shares best practise and his learnings from realizing Design Sprints within a large organization.

5. Think’n’Innovate: Competitive advantage through innovation strategy and tech monitoring

Format: Live Discussion
Date: Wednesday 6.5.2020 11:00-13:00 (UTC +2)
Language: German

Do you still need an innovation strategy in today's dynamic market environment? How can you get a competitive advantage through innovation and how do you determine the transition to adopting new technologies? Our guest speakers Manuel J Niederhofer from Aachener Grundvermögen Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaft and Michael Mollath from Deutsche Messe AG share their insights on the topic. In the series Think'n'Innovate, we discuss topics on Entrepreneurial Mindset, Startup Spirit & Innovation Methods with a selected group of business leaders and innovation managers.
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We're happy to have the following consultants and experts on board

Alex Schuh

Senior Innovation Consultant Pioneers

Barbara Czasch

Innovation Consultant, Pioneers

Casper van der Veen

Head of Business Development, AEGON Continental Europe

Erik Muckenschnabel

Innovation Consultant Pioneers

Manuel J. Niederhofer

Chief Digital Officer at Aachener Grundvermögen Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaft and Managing Director at AC+X Strategic Investments

Michael Mollath

Chief Digital Information Officer at Deutsche Messe AG, CEO at Deutsche Messe Interactive GmbH and Board member at event it AG

Michaela Stephen

Innovation Consultant, Pioneers

Priszcilla Varnagy

Founder & CEO, Be-novative

Verena Judmayer

Innovation Consultant, Pioneers


The following consultants and experts will guide you through the sessions

Annabelle Bockwoldt

Manager, Pioneers

Harald Federspiel

Manager, Pioneers

Janos Török

Engagement Manager, Pioneers

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