Overview

In today’s fast-paced converging world, innovation is increasingly the inspiration behind sustainable business advantage and a catalyst for corporate growth.

The KFAS Innovation Challenge 2019 has been developed in collaboration with the prestigious University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Anderson School of Management, specifically for Kuwait’s private sector companies. The program offers 10 Kuwaiti companies an opportunity to develop their innovation capabilities. Teams will learn from UCLA experts in workshops held in Kuwait and Los Angeles. They will put innovation into practice through team-based action learning workshops, innovation projects and coaching.

The Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS), invites companies in Kuwait’s private sector to take advantage of this unique training opportunity to develop their company's innovation capabilities.

One of KFAS’s strategic objectives is to develop business innovation capabilities in the private sector. This unique program is specifically serving this objective by combining collective wisdom gained over years from designing customized executive education programs with partners and collaborators from around the World into a curated collection of action learning content, both formal and informal, to acquire practical skills to innovate in corporate environments.”

Dr. Bassam Alfeeli, Director, Innovation & Enterprise Directorate, Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences
Dr. Bassam Alfeeli

Program

The KFAS Innovation Challenge 2019 is a blended learning experience taught over a period of five months. The program is centred around real business challenges that each team will bring where they need to innovate. That challenge will be explored throughout the program phases and teams will apply their learnings on their innovation projects.

Innovation topics taught include:

  • Building a culture of innovation
  • Building organizational innovation capabilities
  • Innovation leadership and high performing teams
  • Value proposition design
  • Service and process innovation
  • Generating new business models
  • Design thinking and innovation
  • Implementing innovation

International visit

The program will conclude in Los Angeles, where teams will visit Disney to gain insights into their unique way of doing business as well as going on other site visits to major companies renowned for their focus on innovation such as Snapchat, Netflix, etc.

Innovation projects

Participants will work in teams on self-generated innovation projects, resulting in initiatives that can directly impact their company. Projects steps include ideation and concept formulation; innovation planning and execution; product and service prototyping; testing and validation; and measuring impact.

Team coaching

UCLA coaches will be assigned to the project team, guiding them to achieve their innovation goals. Through highly personalized in-person, virtual, and assessments-based coaching, they will ensure your team stays focused on delivering their innovation project objectives.

5 months
January — May
Workshops
in Kuwait
Final workshop and
company site visits
at UCLA

Timeline

Benefits

An enriching experience that offers both the depth and breadth of understanding what innovation is, how it is applied, and the tools required to take you through the process of innovation.”

Osamah Al Abdullah, Executive Manager, Gulf Bank
Osamah Al Abdullah

Company benefits

  • As a participating company you will benefit from the strategic and commercial impact of the learning and a specific innovation project developed for you by your team over the program journey.
  • Accelerate organizational performance and develop sustainable competitive advantage.
  • Learn best practices to introduce innovation as part of your company's culture.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to future high-potential executives to develop innovation capabilities.

Participant benefits

  • Gain a deep and practical understanding of innovation theories, approaches and the ability to translate an innovation vision into action.
  • Develop the confidence and competencies to become an innovation champion within your company.
  • Integrate new innovation strategies with your company strategies and successfully execute innovation initiatives.

Program cost

The cost of this unique training opportunity will be covered by KFAS. Companies will only be responsible for their team's travel expenses, if they qualify to attend the final workshop in Los Angeles, USA.

Team Selection

Participation is open to all Kuwaiti private sector companies through nomination of a company team with size ranging between 3 to 5 members. It is essential for successful participation that each team has excellent dynamics.

Selection criteria include:

  • Kuwaiti National
  • 3 years of experience
  • Motivated, ambitious, high potential middle management across all functional areas
  • High proficiency in English
  • Teams with the potential to implement and drive innovation in their company

Evaluation and assessment, including an in person team interview will be conducted. Teams will be assessed on the business challenge they bring forward to the program during the interviews. The 10 teams with the highest potential to achieve the program objectives will be selected. No previous innovation experience is required. Priority will be given to companies that have not participated in prior years as well as KFAS contributing companies.

Key Faculty

Mitchell Shack

Learning Director and Innovation Coach

Mitchell will guide participants through the process of applying innovation concepts to their projects, offering insights and opportunities for reflection along the way.

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Mitchell Shack

Sean Monahan

Program Faculty

Business improvisations will lead the group through a series of experiential activities that explore effective team dynamics in Module 1.

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Sean Monahan

Scott Underwood

Program Faculty

Scott will guide teams through the Design Thinking process in Module 1 to enhance and accelerate their innovation projects.

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Scott Underwood

Ian Larkin

Program Faculty

Professor Larkin will connect the concepts of business innovation to strategy formation and implementation in Module 3.

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Ian Larkin

Bob McCann

Program Faculty

Professor McCann will lead the group through best practices of effective communication and business storytelling in Module 3.

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Bob McCann

Dana Scannell

Executive Coach

Dana will provide coaching to support Innovation Challenge Project teams on their team dynamics and performance.

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Dana Scannell

Partners

The Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) is a private non-profit organization with over 38 years history of supporting the advancement of science and technology in Kuwait. More

Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences

Since 1954, UCLA Anderson Executive Education has been in the business of helping organizations and individuals work smarter. More

UCLA Anderson