Innovation Labs & Spaces

  • Centers of Excellence: How Companies Like LEGO, GlaxoSmithKline, and Bang & Olufsen Innovate

  • Inside Inspire Brands’ Ghost Kitchen and Innovation Center

  • Entergy VP on Driving Sustainability and Running an Innovation Lab

  • Perkins School for the Blind CEO on Why the S-Curve Matters for Nonprofits

  • The Year of Athleisure, with Lululemon’s Chief Science Officer

We increasingly see large companies creating an innovation lab or center as a way to cultivate and test new ideas, separate from the demands and pressures of the business units. When set up with clear goals, innovation labs can help to keep the business looking ahead, exploring new tech, defending markets, building skills among employees, and sustaining a company’s competitive advantage.

A good starting place in this section is our research report, “Innovation Labs: Getting Started. Measuring Them. Delivering Results.”

Research Report


Innovation Labs: Getting Started & Delivering Results

What exactly is an innovation lab? For our report on innovation labs, we talked to more than 20 executives at companies like Walmart, Home Depot, IKEA, and others.

Audio & Video Resources


Centers of Excellence: How Companies Like LEGO, GlaxoSmithKline, and Bang & Olufsen Innovate

In this Master Class replay, Jay Peters discusses the success factors that drive innovation; examined the keys to creating a “center of excellence”; and highlighted lessons from companies such as Lego, GlaxoSmithKline, and more. 


The Year of Athleisure, with Lululemon’s Chief Science Officer

Lululemon’s Chief Science Officer, Tom Waller shares why 2020 created lines out of their store doors and how the retailer keeps customers close when building new products.

AARP's The Hatchery

How AARP is Pivoting Innovation in 2020 and Investing in Startups

At Innovation Leader’s recent online event for nonprofit organizations, Andy Miller of AARP discussed how his team helps build an innovative culture that permeates the organization — and how they’re making new investments in startups.


Pulling Back the Curtain on Disney’s Storied Imagineering Department

What can you learn from the creative cultures of Walt Disney Imagineering and Pixar? Leslie Iwerks, a documentary filmmaker, has made films about both organizations. She shares what she observed in this replay of “One Quick Thing.” Iwerks is joined on the show by two unnanounced guests: her father, Don Iwerks, who worked directly with Walt Disney, and a former Disney Imagineer, Josh Wachman. 


How AARP Keeps the 50+ Market at the Center of Innovation

How does AARP use innovation to empower people as they age? Vice President of Product and Startup Engagement Rick Robinson explains…


Running High-Performance Innovation Labs

How have innovation labs shifted during this period of remote work? What sets labs up for success?  Linda Elkins, Chief Technical Officer of W.L. Gore’s Silicon Valley Innovation Center, shares.

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What's BANCA? Fidelity Investments on Their Criteria for Assessing Ideas

Sean Belka discusses how the financial services firm assesses new ideas and scales them when the time is right, along with more best practices for running an innovation lab. Belka is a Managing Director in Fidelity’s Corporate Business Development group.

Impact 2019

General Motors and IBM on the Role of a Silicon Valley R&D Outpost

R&D leaders from General Motors and IBM discuss the mission of the companies’ Silicon Valley outposts, and the importance of tracking first movers in an emerging market. 

Podcast Season 3 Getting Started

Getting Innovation Started

How can teams set innovation initiatives up for success? To get best practices, we sat down with guests from Marriott, Comcast NBCUniversal, and Innosight.


Inside Autodesk’s SF Technology Center

Autodesk’s San Francisco Technology Center is an innovator’s paradise, equipped with a wide array of tools and a skilled staff to help with the prototyping process…