MBA Innovation Summit to Explore How Great Ideas Come to Life

The second annual MBA Innovation Summit, jointly led by MBA students from the Columbia School of Business, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and the Yale School of Management, will take place on April 5 in New York City. With the theme "From Ideation to Implementation," this year’s event will explore the life cycle of an idea: how ideas are formed, developed, and ultimately succeed or die out.

Professionals from design and innovation consulting firms, corporations, and entrepreneurial businesses will discuss their experiences in fostering and implementing new ideas. Speakers from firms including Continuum Innovation, Innosight, Purpose, Vivaldi Partners, Chobani, Smart Design, and Fahrenheit 212 will share their insights.

The order of the summit sessions is intended to take participants through the stages of an idea. Bookended by an ideation workshop at the beginning of the day and a keynote debate at the end, the sessions will explore critical points in innovation: How do you recognize a good idea? How do you bring a good idea to life? Why do some good ideas fail?

The MBA Innovation Summit also seeks to examine the role of MBA students in the innovation space. Yale MBA student Deirdre Cerminaro '13, a co-founder of the summit, explained the philosophy behind the event: "We face a new state of business that requires the ability to see around corners, manage complexity, and work fluidly across disciplines and sectors. The MBA Innovation Summit is a forum for open dialog on how to identify, prioritize, and nurture innovation. These are critical skills for future business leaders."

For more information or to register, please visit the conference website: mbainnovationsummit.org.