Hive is a membership organisation that connects corporate executives with entrepreneurship and the process of innovation through personal connections. Inspired by the regenerative concept of the Circular Economy, our purpose is to provide executives with the energy and vision necessary to embrace change and thrive in their professional environment.

Hive was born out of the observation that leading in a digital age requires new thinking from leaders and their executive teams. The automation of work and the disruptive effects of digital innovation, while not new, are creating unprecedented consequences on existing business models. It is imperative for executives to lead change and address inertia, silos, and corporate obesity. Change is the new norm, innovation the new imperative.

Hive helps organisations address these challenges through cross-pollination with entrepreneurs through a core programme of personalized, one-on-one matching, group workshops and on-going members group initiatives.

 

Benefits.

Organisations

We provide practical exposure to cutting edge start-ups and proven entrepreneurs. Through a programme of coached and non-coached sessions with entrepreneurs, executives are immersed in new business models and confronted with creative talent. Exposure to a variety of approaches and perspectives challenges executives to explore their own ways of working and consider new ones. This facilitates cognitive and non-cognitive processes related to creativity and innovation such as flexible thinking.

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Entrepreneurs

Hive enables selected entrepreneurs to tap into the expertise, advice and contacts of experienced executives in leadership positions. The aim is to address a specific business challenge facing the start-up, as identified by the entrepreneur. This experience provides real insights into the inner workings of corporations and enables a transfer of know-how and best practices in a non-hierarchical working environment based on trust.

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Individuals

Hive inspires individuals to learn, grow and find solutions by engaging with a carefully chosen mix of diverse and high quality people in an trusting, non-competitive environment. We provide practical exposure to new fast growth businesses from different sectors and challenge individuals to find business solutions through collaboration. It is through the process of sharing information and experiences with peers and start-up founders that members can develop personally and professionally and remain at the forefront of innovation.

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Events.

2017 Headlines.

January to June – Pilot programme for Unilever Senior Executives in partnership with Unilever Foundry.

22nd November – Members only event.

29 November – AI, Music and & Entertainment: Unleash your Imagination with our partner 2pears. Register here.

Date tbc – Taster session for a group of FMCG executives.

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How it works.

1. The Match – Connect

This starts with a one-on-one coached session with our clients to discuss challenges and aspirations. Using a Hive proprietary methodology and leveraging our extensive network of start-ups, we pair our client with one, carefully chosen entrepreneur with a view to creating a meaningful collaborative relationship. Approximate time: 1 hour. Focused on addressing a specific challenge facing the entrepreneur, both individuals start their collaborative journey and work on finding tangible solutions to be presented in the Lab session (step 2). Approximate time: number of meetings discretionary over a period of 1 month.

2. The Lab – Activate

Hive brings together 3-5 executive/entrepreneur teams (maximum 10 people) to present their findings. Facilitated by Hive, the session is a collaborative forum focused on creating tangible business solutions. It is a laboratory for lateral thinking, creativity and benchmarking in a non-competitive, non-hierarchical environment based on mutual trust. Approximate time: half a day. A follow-up meeting with Hive will extract tangible benefits and create a personalised roadmap for further interaction. Approximate time: face-to-face, 1h30.

Hive members group – The Hub

Hive’s core programme is only the beginning. Hive participants become members of the Hub, an exclusive professional network of diverse people who have built trust and can learn from each other.

Hub membership is for corporate executives, individuals and innovators. It provides access to workshops that contribute to finding the ressources and regenerative solutions to innovate and lead change, and ultimately, thrive in a professional environment.

Hive is for.

Organisations who:

  • are medium to large companies with innovation or sustainability as strategic priorities
  • need to retain talent and drive transformation programmes
  • want to inspire and energise their senior management team while creating social impact

Entrepreneurs who:

  • have a proven track record with running their business for 2 years or more
  • are at the cutting-edge of their sector
  • would benefit from specific business connections at the right entry point within companies
  • are open to learning and ready to listen

Individuals who:

  • are in senior management positions, board members and CEOs
  • crave exposure to fresh ideas, innovation and new business models
  • want to benchmark their own capabilities and learn new skills
  • want to connect with high quality professionals

Hive in Practice.

MUSIC EXECUTIVE + BIKE ENTREPRENEUR
PRODUCE UNEXPECTED YIELD

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GLOBAL CTO + DIGITAL APP FOUNDER
PRODUCE TANGIBLE VALUE FOR BOTH

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LUXURY EXECUTIVE + P2P PLATFORM FOUNDER
INJECT NEW ENERGY INTO LEGACY CULTURE

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FAST FOOD EXECUTIVE + MOBILE PAYMENT INNOVATOR
GENERATE INSPIRATION AND ENERGY

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About.

Laure Fau is a senior executive coach and mentor with 8 years experience leading her own successful business. She has worked with small and large clients including Coca-Cola, HSBC, Unilever and KPMG. Previously, Laure was a senior executive at Pwc and Ernst & Young. | Email Laure

Anne-France Kennedy is an experienced mentor for start-ups and a finance and business development expert with 12 years experience in the field. She is also a research associate of Birkbeck College of Management Studies where she contributes to research on the Circular Economy. | Email Anne-France

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