Challenges and the Open Innovation Process
What is a Challenge?
A Challenge is a specific business problem or need defined by a solution seeker (e.g. private or public company, government department, etc.) that articulates the problem, key specifications and the desired outcome of a potential solution. It is defined in a concise and compelling 2-3 page document inviting potential problem solvers to respond with a proposal of their solution to the Challenge.
A Challenge is carefully crafted by a team of selected experts, in partnership with the organisation seeking a solution to address a genuine need and to attract the appropriate solution providers. The Challenge will therefore have specific and unique attributes defined through a rigorous process.
The Open Innovation Process
Regional Connects draws on an established RIIS process, focusing on building high-performance Open Innovation organisations.The RIIS C4 methodology is built upon robust and rigorous NineSigma methodology (needs definition, engage, evaluation and acquire) proven to be the most effective and expedient method for connecting innovation Seekers with high-quality solution Providers. The NineSigma methodology has been implemented in a number of companies in South Africa.
The C4 Process
The process focuses on four very specific steps in the Open Innovation Process as outlined below:
Challenge Definition – The Challenge is defined by a carefully selected team of experts familiar with the Challenge topic.
Connect to the Innovation Ecosystem – Promote the Challenge within networks of potential solution providers.
Consider the Proposal – Evaluate, following a dashboard approach to test what has been delivered against the defined need.
Commit to make the deal – When a potential solution provider has been identified the normal procurement process will be followed with regard to the Challenge owner organisation, while the Resource Team continues to play an active role in making connections to funders, markets and expertise to support innovation development and implementation.