Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Call for Presenters Now Open - BEI: Back End of Innovation 2014

The Institute for International Research (IIR) is currently seeking presenters for the fourth annual BEI: Back End of Innovation.

BusinessWeek said, "making innovation work is the single most important business challenge of our era." While there are no shortage of ideas on the front end of innovation, the new challenge becomes how to optimize the back end of the innovation process. Once ideas are generated, what happens next? How do we build a system to continually drive innovation?

Learn more about the event here:

How to Get Accepted
Priority will be given to presentations that highlight NEW case studies OR to presentations that are delivered as a hands-on activity for the group. ONLY corporate/client-side speakers will be considered. If you are a consultant, solution provider, technology provider or analyst, please see contact details below for sponsorship/exhibit opportunities.

Event Goal
The Back End of Innovation event ensures organizations have a systematic enterprise capability for pushing the best ideas forward through commercialization. Thematic areas covered include:
  • Return on Innovation
  • Go to Market Strategies
  • Managing the Idea Portfolio
  • Pricing
  • Leadership & Management Infrastructure
  • Process, Tools, Metrics
  • People & Skills (Getting Buy-In for Your Product/Service, Keeping Management Engaged)
  • Culture (Internal Entrepreneurship, How to Create a Culture Where You Can Capitalize on Innovation)
  • Organizational Values
  • Managing Change
  • Business Model Innovation
  • Funding & Partnership Models
  • Overcoming Failure
  • Knowing When to Pivot
  • Agile
  • Product Management (How to Do this Effectively, What Tools and Skills are Needed?)

Who Attends
The only 360° destination where R&D, product development, innovation, strategy, marketing, business development and entrepreneurs all come together to ensure the best ideas are continually driven from the ideation stage through to commercialization.

Speaker Benefits
Speaker receive FREE admission to the conference as well as any pre-conference activities such as workshops or symposium. 

How to Apply
For consideration, please email Romina Kunstadter, Conference Producer at with the following information by Wednesday, March 5, 2014:
  • Proposed speaker name(s), job title(s), and company name(s)
  • Contact information including address, telephone and e-mail
  • Title and objective of presentation
  • Please indicate which topic you plan to address and please indicate what is NEW about the presentation
  • Summary of the talk
  • What the audience will gain from your presentation (please list 3-5 key "take-aways")
  • If your submission is selected, portions of your bio and summary will be used to promote your participation.

Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities
If you are a vendor, consultant, research firm or technology provider and would like to speak at BEI: Back End of Innovation or have a presence at the event, contact Elizabeth Hinkis, Business Development Manager at

Due to the high volume of response, we are unable to respond to each submission. All those selected to participate as speakers will be notified shortly after the deadline of March 5, 2014.

Thank you for your interest in BEI: Back End of Innovation!
The BEI Team
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