iGNITIATE - iGNITE Convergence Program: R&D Relay Design R&D Breakthroughs Innovation
iGNITE Program + Change ManagementInstruction + Training

The iGNITE Program
R&D Relay
International Clients

Multiple day intensive, hands-on experience for design thinking, innovation, and new product development can deepen any skilled manager for the breakthrough R&D mindset. This is not a sages day or best of breed format. The day is highly interactive and similar to other PhD and MS level intense programs in the industry that include multiple innovation simulations, group work activities and collaborative sessions. 

The multi day R&D Relay exposes participants to the same level tools, exercises and methodologies used by the worlds leading R&D Labs to unravel the clock so to bring advanced research, technological and organizational transformation capabilities into the mindsets of firm leaders and practitioners.

The iGNITE Convergence Program Series R&D Relay and iGNITIATE’s Change Management Efforts are some of iGNITIATE’s most globally influential initiatives having engaged with 1000’s internationally to date and is just one part of iGNITIATE’s Instruction and Training offerings for fostering a continual innovation focus inside corporations and global organizations having been, wholly or in part, deployed at New Product Development firms internationally, large government offices and with military teams as a leadership development program worldwide. iGNITIATE’s Innovation Change Management tool set focuses on specific design thinking and new product development capabilities, which is part of iGNITIATE’s own strategize, sketch and ship model having been utilized internationally since 2001. Before the Stanford iGNITE Program, before the Cambridge iGNITE Program, iGNITIATE’s own iGNITE Convergence Program Series Ironman was created and launched in 2005 as the worlds 1st and only fully integrated design, design thinking, new product development, entrepreneurship, innovation and change management program.

WHO IS THIS FOR: Focusing on Innovation Mavericks, PhD Scientists, Engineer and Finance Executives, the program has stemmed from more than 15 different courses in 5 disciplines ( PhD Engineering, MBA Innovation and MS Industrial Design ) and was combined into a R&D Relay race system which can transform leaders at any level into highly capable lab centric innovation catalysts and propel them into the next level of their leadership career.

LEARNING OUTCOMES: How to manage difficult and seemingly impossible innovation and R&D focused breakthrough projects; managing yourself and disperse geographic teams to take on group synthesis of complex data and user needs; a mindful approach to group work in the face of R&D challenges; visual facilitation skills; using narrative frameworks to transform your organizational transformation efforts.

ENDORSEMENTS FROM:  a small subset of international participants can be seen below as well as in the case study of the  iGNITE Convergence Program Ironman for the Vice Admiral of the US Navy and the Director of Naval Operations all of which include:

  • “Darwin once said ‘A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life’ and that is what The iGNITE Program delivers: value. The iGNITE program gives participants design, design thinking, engineering, innovation, new product development and leaderships skills needed for emerging technology products to succeed in the real world. The program enhances an executives leadership capabilities and uploads you with the confidence to take any advanced design where you may not have expected before.”
    – Baris Aksen
    Senior Program Development Engineer @ FORD


  • ”Highly Interactive program with a goal which is to prepare us for presenting our product to investors and manufacturing partners.”
    – Sarah Norford-Jones
    Founder @ Jones & Boone Digital Agency
    London, UK


  • “Well done with a “by nature” difficult group. Thanks for igniting our project. I think we will get our message across now.”
    – Deputy Director: U.S. Coast Guard


  • “The iGNITE Program challenged my way of thinking about product development and design. We learned to consider global industrialization, engineering, physical product design, and customers needs. This is very useful today to efficiently market innovation in the biotech industry.”
    – Dr. Richard Le Boucher: PhD Fish Genetics
    Manager for Disruptive Innovation @ IMV Bio Technologies