Investa’s Innovation Institute has successfully wrapped its debut program, producing 20 newly qualified graduates with certificates in Corporate Innovation. 

The internal innovation skills-building program makes up one pillar of Investa’s investment in innovation. 
The program was developed to build internal innovation capability across Investa’s business, empowering employees to look at problems and opportunities differently, to be data driven and to question and challenge the status quo.  
Employees were invited to opt into the full year-long Institute program or tailor their participation according to their capacity by opting into organisation-wide masterclasses.  These masterclasses were well attended, and over 50% of the organisation participated – a true company-wide initiative. 
Graduates were recognised at a virtual ceremony attended by Investa employees and program delivery partners How to Impact, receiving a Certificate of Corporate Innovation, acknowledging the significant injection of time and energy that was required to receive the accreditation. 
Joanna Marsh, General Manager Innovation & Strategic Projects said the business is already benefitting from an embedded innovation mindset across teams. 
“It makes me incredibly proud to see this group of bright and talented professionals walk away with invaluable innovation skills that will serve them throughout their future careers,” she explained. 
“We are already seeing the Institute Graduates harness these skills in their roles at Investa and have heard so many stories across the business of streamlining, process improvement and developing new opportunities.
“We know that to build an innovation culture across a business you must start from the inside out. By upskilling a small pool of talent in diverse teams across the business we can truly cascade the learnings and achieve a multiplier effect.” 

In addition to participating in a number of tailored masterclasses, the Innovation Institute participants undertook a three day Turbo where they were charged with working in small teams to find a solution to a problem, before pitching it to a number of internal stakeholders. 
One of the participants was George Lepessiotis, General Manager, Internal Audit and Risk, who is already benefitting from the learnings. 
 “The Innovation Institute was an outstanding opportunity to learn new innovation concepts and apply those concepts to resolve real-world issues. Balancing my work-load was challenging, but the enormous sense of accomplishment made it absolutely worth it. I would definitely do it again, and I would encourage anyone thinking of participating to go for it,” he said. 
Matt Whale, Managing Director, How to Impact, commented“Developing the Innovation Institute program alongside Investa has been a truly rewarding experience for the How to Impact team. To see the participants grow and hear the stories of how they have been implementing their new skills across the Investa business demonstrates the importance of investing in your employees and empowering them with new ways of working. Never has this been more important than in the current climate when we must all battle with uncertainty and get closer to the rapidly-changing needs of our end-users.” 

Investa’s Innovation team is already hard at work developing its Innovation Institute 2.0 program for FY20/21. Watch this space for more details!