How to Validate your Innovation Ideas Using Design Thinking Principles

Do you have a design problem you don't know how to approach? Join Enterprise Europe Network at Newable for the 1st stage of our Innovation Series; Design Thinking Principles, to learn how to overcome these problems by designing and developing your products and services to match the needs of your target customer. By understanding the 5 stages of Design Thinking you will be able to re-frame the problem and use the methods taught to find solutions.  

Why should you attend?

• Learn about the five stages of Design Thinking; empathise, define (the problem), ideate, prototype and test 
• Learn why human-centric design is a valuable approach to product/service development 
• Leave with a clear understanding of the fundamentals of Design Thinking ready to deploy these tools in your business
• Take part in interactive activities and meet like-minded SME’s
• Network with experienced innovation experts

Featured Trainers

Dr Nickie Smith
Innovation Director, Grant Tree

  • Following a PhD in Chemical Engineering at Imperial College, Nickie spent more than 15 years developing, bidding for and running commercial and UK & European funded innovation projects specialising in materials engineering.

Richard Wigley, Ph.M.
Innovation Consultant, Grant Tree

  • Richard’s 20 years experience developing projects and funding applications is augmented by direct experience managing, monitoring and evaluating publically funded technology projects.


Who is this event for?

If you are a London-based small and medium-sized enterprise experiencing design product/service design setbacks, join us at this event to learn the Design Thinking principles that will teach you methods to re-frame problems and find solutions.

What's next?

To secure your place for Friday, 27 March in Central London, simply click the Apply here button on this page.  

This event is FREE to attend and places are assigned on a first come, first serve basis - it's an opportunity not to be missed! 

Contact us

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