Institute for Innovation and Economic Development

The Institute for Innovation and Economic Development supports students, industry, and government with university resources in four areas:

  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Economic and Community Development
  • Corporate Consulting
  • Collaborative Agile Strategy Consulting

•      Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Supporting the University and regional need for building a strong entrepreneurial and business creation culture the Institute hosts the Generator, UNA’s student incubator and co-working space. The Generator Student Club meets weekly during the semester. Students are mentored as they participate in startup competitions, launch their own startups and seek financial support. The Institute is a key collaborator on Shoals Shift[FJB1] , the region’s tech movement which includes startup competitions, mentorship weekends, pre-seed and angel funding, and meetups.

 •     Economic Development: The Institute prepares a variety of economic development reports to private and public organizations, including impact analysis, market assessments, feasibility studies, customer perception surveys, retail market analyses, geospatial assessments, and salary surveys.

•      Corporate Consulting:  The Institute provides experts in business services, including human resources, marketing, management, sales, accounting, finance, economics, business law, and information systems. The Institute can help solve real world business problems.

•      Collaborative Agile Strategy: The Institute is certified/ trained in several agile strategy methods that can assist a community, organization or company to compete in today’s global world.

Strategic Doing (SD) teaches people how to form collaborations quickly, move them toward measurable outcomes, and make adjustments along the way. In today’s world, collaboration is essential to meet the complex challenges we face. Strategic Doing enables leaders to design and guide new networks that generate innovative solutions. It is a new strategy discipline that is lean, agile, and fast—just what organizations, communities and regions need to survive and thrive. The Institute offers workshops and practitioner training to private and public sector organizations.

Innovation Engineering (IE) is a groundbreaking program that provides a systematic approach to innovation.   IE allows you to build systems that make it possible, practical and easy for everyone to innovate, everywhere, in everything they do.  The fundamental concepts of the program include tools and methods for Creating, Communicating and Commercializing meaningfully unique ideas. Taught in as few as a couple of days to a full minor program there are many options available.

Strategic Foresight uses six critical steps to develop the foresight you need to navigate in this rapidly changing environment: Framing, Scanning, Forecasting, Visioning, Planning, and Acting.



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