Calling innovative graduates

NESTA and BT are kicking off a new collaborative innovation programme aimed at the corporate graduate intake. Graduates in Partnership was inspired by a small group of enthusiastic BT graduates who had the idea that good things could happen if high-potential young professionals from different companies were given the opportunity to network with their peers on other graduate schemes. Here is the programme plan:

Event 1 – 13th August 09Shared Agenda:Discuss the key business issues affecting economic growEvent 2 – 22ndSeptember 09Shared Innovation: Develop, in collaboration with a diverserange of skills and perspectives, cutting edge innovative solutions to theagreed business issue.Event 3 – Date TBCShared Solutions: Present thebusiness propositions to influential figures in industry, and pitch forsponsorship for delivery.Graduates in Partnership builds on other NESTA Connect programmes (see Corporate Connections or Open Alchemy) which have experimented with putting together unlikely partnerships bewteen corporates in different fields of business.It will be up to the graduates to represent their companies and come up with shared opportunities and problems and then make things happen back at the ranch. Our aim is for real new products and services to arise from these collaborations – this is definitely NOT just a training exercise.If you’re a grad or run a scheme there are still one or two place left for the first event on the 13th August. Just book a place here to join the likes of BT, IBM, News International, Barclays, Accenture, Nissan and Pfizer.

Graduates in Partnership Launch

“This programme is a really exciting new take on collaborative innovation.It will foster our talent at the same time as creating links across business that will continue to provide benefits in years to come.”Paul Excell, Chief Customer Innovation Officer

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