Workshop: Organising Innovation Days with Suppliers

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Workshop: Organising Innovation Days with Suppliers



As Purchasing teams increasingly support innovation, Innovation Days have gained popularity. At EIPM, we have gathered some lessons and best practices on how to organise such workshops.

Innovation days should be seen as one step within a broader process. They vary in formats and structures depending on what companies endeavour to achieve within specific contexts.
During the workshop we will reflect on lessons learned and good practices Companies will share their experience.


Workshop focus

Positioning Innovation Days in the broader Innovation sourcing process – We have designed a simple game to put together the appropriate Innovation Sourcing Process.

Different formats for Innovation Days – We have identified three different generic formats: “Come and show”, “Go and see” and “Let’s do it”. We will investigate the relevance of each of these formats.

Managing the Innovation push pull boundaries – Should the Innovation Day be based on a specific brief or should you invite Suppliers to come up with their own Innovation proposal? Should you focus on existing Suppliers or bring some new players into the game?

Preparing and following up – Preparation and follow up are essential for Innovation Days to be productive.


Who should attend?

  • CPOs / VPs / Purchasing Executives
  • Purchasing Team Managers with an interest and experience in the topic
  • Innovation Managers
  • Main Purchasing stakeholders with a strong interest in the relationship they have with Purchasing


Benefits for participants

  • Be inspired by examples / best practices from other companies
  • Build your vision to develop the Innovation Sourcing Process in your company
  • Exchange amongst peers on Innovation Days
  • Prepare your next Innovation Day
  • Develop your network and share ideas with EIPM Club affiliates


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Hervé Legenvre  – EIPM

Laurent Zeller  – Bel

Philippe Armengaud  – Former CPO at Bekaert

Pascal Pernes  – ARaymond



Time Content
8:15-8:30 Welcome
8:30-9:30 Innovation days within the broader Innovation sourcing process, by Hervé Legenvre, PhD, EIPM

The Innovation Sourcing Game. A friendly and engaging game to discover and develop your Innovation sourcing process

9:30-10:30 Presentation by Laurent Zeller from Groupe Bel: Experience with Innovation days for packaging
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break and Networking
11:00-12:00 Presentation by Philippe Armengaud: Experience with Innovation days at Bekaert
12:00-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:15 Innovation days: different formats, some best practices,  by Hervé Legenvre, PhD EIPM
14:15-15:15 Presentation by Pascal Pernes from Araymond: Experience with Innovation days in the automotive industry
15:15-15:45 Coffee Break and Networking
15:45-16:45 Interactive session: Draw Your own Innovation Day!
16:45-17:00 What’s next and Closure


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Practical Information

ACCOMODATION: There are two hotels at a walking distance from EIPM: Best Western Porte Sud de Genève**** and Ibis Archamps Porte de Genève***.

TAXI: We recommend the taxi company Accord Taxi: or +33 (0)6 08 23 40 00 (contact person is Jimmy).

ARRIVING BY PLANE: The nearest airport is Geneva International Airport, about 20 minutes from EIPM.

ARRIVING BY TRAIN: There are two main Railway Stations in Geneva: Gare Cornavin (located in the city centre, about 45 minutes from EIPM) and Airport Railway Station (about 20 minutes from EIPM). In France, the nearest Railway Station is Saint-Julien-en-Genevois (about 8 minutes from EIPM).

ARRIVING BY CAR: EIPM is located by the A40 highway, exit 13.1 “Archamps Technopole”.


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