Digital Methods, Interpersonal Goals: cook ethos

It is a truth universally acknowledged that no one knows where the next digital disruption is coming from. At CoDE, we often find that sectors that seem ripe for disruption continue to resist it, and that a start up’s success can hinge not on logic, but on whether the world is emotionally ready to take […]

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What Does ENDuRE Teach Us about the Digital Economy?

The digital economy is growing fast, changing the game all over the world. The UK and Europe are struggling to keep at the forefront of this digital revolution. This is where the ENDuRE programme can play a significant role in helping European digital businesses thrive. ENDuRE –the European Network of Design for Resilient Entrepreneurship — […]

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How to Fight ‘VUCA’: We launch our secret weapon

Volatility. Uncertainty. Complexity. Ambiguity. ‘VUCA’ is the defining symbol of the Digital Economy. The Business insights Lab is a unique resource that helps us – collaboratively — to define, interpret, and navigate the digital landscape: from obstacles to opportunities; from old habits to new models; from disruption to new connections; from confusion to clarity and […]

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Audiophotography and Digital Media

“Knowledge-based innovation has the longest lead time of all innovations. There is, first, a long time span between the emergence of new knowledge and its becoming applicable to technology. And then there is another long period before the new technology turns into products, processes or services in the marketplace”, Drucker 1985, p98). Out in front […]

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CoDE and the Setsquared Open Innovation Showcase

Dr Ben Shenoy, Director of the Business insights Lab in the Surrey Business School, delivered the closing remarks just recently at the 2016 SETsquared Open Innovation Showcase, held at Surrey’s School of Veterinary Medicine. SETsquared, established 14 years ago, has just been ranked the world’s number one university business incubator. The enterprise partnership consists of […]

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Postcards from the Edge: Life in digital entrepreneurship

Make a good product. Market it. Sell it. Make money. Seems pretty straightforward, right? DEAL Day 4 hit the ground running, with a full-on day ‘behind the scenes’ of digital entrepreneurship and innovation. The bizarre and cutthroat world of pitching, funding, and acquisition was a complete revelation to most, with David Plans and Alan Brown […]

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‘DEAL’: Digital education for startups

‘A great first day of the DEAL workshops. A very useful and provocative intro from David Plans, some Digital Economy “ducking and diving” from Alan Brown, then a really wonderful seminar and workshop from Annabelle Gawer for the rest of the day, exploring the changing nature of value and ecosystems due to Digital Platforms. A […]

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Business Model Insights: Lessons for Tech Startups

The nature, scope, and impact of innovation is changing. Klaus Schwab, founder of the World Economic Forum, says that the dominance of large companies over small companies is over and in today’s business world “it is fast fish which eats the slow fish”. But what is an effective innovation strategy for the digital economy? And […]

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‘Enter, Riding a Folding Scooter’: eFOLDi and the Entrepreneurship MSc

CoDE’s crowdfunding specialist Jim Sears, Senior Teaching Fellow in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, is combining the synergies of crowdfunding, technical innovation, and local enterprise to develop the Entrepreneurship MSc at Surrey Business School . This is one of CoDE’s key aims too: to work across traditional ‘silos’ to tackle the trickiest problems the Digital Economy can […]

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Digital Entrepreneurship Advanced Lab

At CoDE, we believe that vacation is for those who can afford to stand still. While everyone else goes on holiday, we’ll be in the Business insights Lab as usual, plotting and scheming and generally solving the world’s digital problems before the world knows it has them. Make your summer count too: unlock the Digital […]

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Digital Business: Will your start-up ‘ENDuRE’?

Surrey Business School (SBS) hosted a riveting lunchtime talk by CoDE Team member Dr David Plans, CEO of BioBeats, and Synoptic Technologies CEO Stephen Mooney, on the European Network of Design for Resilient Entrepreneurship (ENDuRE). Both BioBeats and Synoptic are innovative, disruptive start-ups with valuable insight about why and how companies like them are benefiting […]

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MBA ‘Business Breakfast’ with ebay

As dawn broke without much conviction over the Piazza here at Surrey, a packed Business Insights Lab was already buzzing. MBA students from the full-time programme joined with Exec Ed participants and Surrey Business School staff over bacon rolls and Danish pastries to hear Rafael Orta, ebay’s Vice President for Global Marketing Operations, speak about […]

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BiL Day 1: Teaching for a Digital World

  “Running sessions this week in the BiL with the MBA students. This place rocks!! This is exactly what we should be doing…teaching interactive skills and methods around innovation and entrepreneurship!   If you are on campus….come round here now! Yes now!”   The excitement is palpable at Surrey around the Business Insights Lab (BiL). […]

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ManagePlaces: Digital entrepreneurship born and raised at Surrey

The story of ManagePlaces spans business and engineering, innovation and digital entrepreneurship, Surrey Business School, and the 5G Innovation Centre – and it’s taking place at the heart of CoDE’s initiative to predict, comprehend and manage the challenges of the Digital Economy. ManagePlaces’ core product is a workflow management system for remote teams. The company […]

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Go On. Be a Dragon: digital entrepreneurship at TechDragons

There’s been some online ‘buzz’ around one of the CoDE team and his recent talk in Wales http://techdragons.wales/a-taste-of-silicon-valley-in-swansea/ . Professor Alan Brown, Associate Dean of Innovation and Entrepreneurship here at Surrey, presented a TechHub Swansea session to would-be entrepreneurs entitled ‘Lessons from Silicon Valley.’ His personal experience of the highs and lows, fear and loathing, […]

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A Revolutionary Digital Space

August can be a quiet time for the University, with term in abeyance and our academics in the four corners of the globe at conferences. Here on the Surrey campus, the CoDE team is helping Surrey Business School design and establish the Business Insights Lab – taking the concept of business experimentation with the application […]

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Start-Up Chile: A hidden gem for entrepreneurs

Could you use $40, equity-free, for your start-up? A roomful of eager entrepreneurs heard about a unique start-up platform recently at the CoDE-sponsored presentation, ‘Discover Start-Up Chile.’ Santiago and Cristian, from the Chilean-government-sponsored initiative, started with a visually stunning film and fascinating talk about Chile as a country that had us all mentally packing our […]

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Hype and Reality in the Digital Economy

Surrey Business School and Surrey Chambers of Commerce joined forces late last week to present the inaugural ‘Technology Forum’, discussing ‘The Internet of Things: What are the real opportunities?’ CoDE Team member Dr Ben Shenoy was among the panellists presenting their take on what the IoT means now for the digital economy, and where this […]

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Care and Feeding of Your Intrapreneur: The large enterprise and innovation

By Alan Brown and Kris Henley The ‘intrapreneur’ is a rare and elusive creature. Being entrepreneurial inside an existing corporation requires many of the attributes of startup entrepreneurs: vision, energy, commitment, and dedication, to name a few. However, in addition, intrapreneurs must apply these qualities in tandem with a strong understanding of the organisational structures, […]

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