The word innovation has become emblematic nowadays, and a necessary condition for success, especially in the entrepreneurship industry. Even the biggest tech companies need to innovate to remain on top, or they will be replaced quickly. The fast pace of current businesses, and the constant need to meet consumers’ needs instantaneously, puts innovation at the top of the list. Many industries look to consulting firms to bring in or advise on innovation. This brings up the question, what is the role of consulting firms in promoting innovation and boosting the entrepreneurial ecosystems? We got some answers to this question in an interview with Tiago Palas Santos, a manager at the renowned consulting form everis.
everis is a consulting company that values talent, innovation, evolution, and diversification and, above all, attitude. As Tiago stated in the interview "attitude is one of the major topics for us, so bring the attitude to any kind of problem". Present in 17 countries, everis currently has more than 25,000 employees and during its 20 years of existence in Portugal, it has brought together the right people to look for disruptive solutions that solve current challenges. Demanding Generosity, Responsible Freedom, Transparency ... These are some of the values they stand for.
Regarding innovation, everis seeks solutions that respond to the needs of today's societies, materializing the future every day and doing so "in a different way", according to Tiago. Here are some of the specific actions of this consulting firm:
1. LinkUp Program
LinkUp is an entrepreneurship program that aims to combine everis' skills with innovation and the young spirit of startups. After a proper scan and conversation to see if they are able to work together or not, this collaboration should result in sharing culture and creating business for both everis and startups. They started this initiative in 2017 and are also trying to explore the Lisbon ecosystem, which has been progressing over the years.
2. Digital Rooms
everis tries to understand what is new. And for that they have Digital Rooms. In these, they try to build solutions regarding the biggest trends that are impacting businesses, and "traditional clients" are invited to help startups understand if they are going the right way or not.
3. Partnerships with Universities
For this, they have a unit called “i-deals” to understand what kind of Research & Development projects made by universities can go to the market. The partnership with Instituto Superior Técnico “Lab2Market” stands out, with 6 editions already.
As an alternative for working directly with some type of innovation, everis assigns 2 awards for innovative projects: one specifically for entrepreneurship and another by the NTT Data Group, to which Everis belongs.
Curious about this company’s work? Find out more in the video below or listen to the full interview on our Spotify Podcast. In these, Tiago Palas Santos also gives his opinion on the Portuguese entrepreneurship ecosystem and tells us what can be done, from a macro level point of view, to encourage innovation in Portugal.
This episode is part of the Scaleup Portugal video and podcast series, a spin-out from our comprehensive ecosystem reports, which we wrote in collaboration with EIT Digital. A new episode of this 2nd season about ENABLERS is released every Wednesday. Stay tuned for the next episodes!
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