A core foundation of the SEIC are the SEI Accelerators.
These regular two-day, collaborative workshops are designed to accelerate an organization’s SEI progress by focusing on one or two core topics. They are usually member-hosted, and combined with a relevant experience or site visit.
Previous Accelerators include:
Ferrero hosted a two-day session at its headquarters in Luxembourg, with the days focused on how to collaborate more successfully with startups, as well as embedding SEI into the organisation through structured tools and approaches, such as supplier events, value-based segmentation and supplier studies.
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The final Accelerator of 2018 took place in Chicago at the home of Mars on Goose Island, and had a focus on the talent and cultural issues that must be put in place to support a successful rollout of SEI. It offered an excellent insight into the collaborative mindsets required of procurement.
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In October 2018, the SEIC team headed to Belgium to the home of pharmaceuticals company UCB to dig into some of the digital innovations taking place in that sector. With presentations from key stakeholders and suppliers it provided a unique insight into innovation in pharma.
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SEIC member Leonardo operates in the highly regulated world of aerospace and defence, so it was fascinating to attend its supplier-innovation day and discuss some of the innovation challenges the company faces at the UK operations in Edinburgh.
OSRAM hosted July's two-day event , with the first day dedicated to an SEIC Accelerator focused on technology scouting and the second day offering SEIC members access to Osram’s own SEI Day, which itself was focused on Smart Sensing and featured several key and potential suppliers who pitched, presented and explored how they could collaborate more closely.
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Novartis hosted our first Accelerator in the United States, at their New Jersey campus. Attendees explored the issues procurement faces when adapting to the digital world. Novartis shared insights into their digital strategy and showcased the collaborative relationship with one of its key suppliers
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The first Accelerator of 2018 took place at the Bayer HQ in Leverkusen. Engaging the right stakeholders is a do-or-die pursuit in SEI. These sentiments were shared across the 14 companies gathered at the Accelerator during the 'engaging the business for supplier innovation' workshop. While a cross-industry group of businesses, every company recognized that common challenges exist within their stakeholder-engagement strategies.
Husqvarna welcomed SEIC members to their Innovation Expo, which included presentations from suppliers including Telenor and Carbon 3D. The group also took part in workshops focused on Factory Digitisation and Start-up Collaboration.
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The SEIC hosted this Accelerator in London, following the SRM&I Summit at Imperial College’s Innovation Hub. We launched the Start-up Collaboration working group with members, heard from a venture Capitalist and Start-up; and had a tour of the Imperial College Incubator – home to labs and office space for up and coming businesses.
Read more about the SRM&I Summit and London Accelerator here >>
Philips hosted this Accelerator at their Hi-Tech Center in Eindhoven. Members learned about Philips’ SEI and Design for Excellence programs; as well as taking part in a workshop on building and maintaining innovation ecosystems.
Read how Philips tap into external R&D spend here >>
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