Innovating for Growth

We equip corporate managers and leaders with the tools to promote and cultivate an innovation mindset and support corporate innovation activities at every level of the organization.

A Unique, Immersive Approach

A Flywheel immersion is curriculum, advisory, and acceleration, all wrapped into one.

Flywheel takes an intensive, experiential, and advisory approach to our bespoke education offerings:
Flywheel immersions place multiple expert facilitators in the classroom with the participants in every sessionConcepts are over-viewed through engaging lectures; illustrated through examples tailored to match the participants’ backgrounds and projects; and applied directly to the participants’ projectsFacilitators work in situ with the teams to understand and adapt the concepts and tools to the participants’ specific project needs to ensure that participants have fully internalized how the frameworks apply to their businessParticipating teams leave knowing not only how to apply the concepts to their business but having begun the process under the guidance of our experts
This human capital-intensive approach distinguishes our offerings from standard packaged curriculum offered by others.

We do things differently.

World Class Content

Adapted from the Entrepreneurial Success Initiative, a 4 year study to understand how systems, decisions, backgrounds and training lead to higher chances of new venture success. Tested curriculum and frameworks developed by faculty leaders who teach at major U.S. business schools:

Flywheel Innovation provides services in 3 areas: innovation modules for high-potential talent development programs, best practices training for innovation managers, design And support of corporate incubators and accelerators

Innovation Modules for High-Potential Talent Development Programs

Designed for:

  • High-potential individuals within the organization who may be part of a talent development or leadership rotation program

  • Learning development officers who are looking for ways to integrate innovation mindset and skills into existing programs to help catalyze corporate growth


  • Cohort-based model, blended delivery (in-person, online)

  • Project-based

Key Elements:

  • Design thinking

  • Intrapreneurship

  • Lean

  • Agile

  • Building and managing teams

  • Influence and building support

  • Communicating vision and business case

  • Articulating a value proposition

  • Developing a strategy

Best Practices Training for Innovation Managers

Designed for:

  • Leaders within the organization who seek to cultivate and manage innovation pipelines, both internal and external

  • Senior management who wish to better understand the innovation process and innovation portfolio management


  • On site, in-person, 2-3 day immersive training

  • Case study and exercise based

Key Elements:

  • Managing for innovation

  • Cultivating an innovation mindset

  • Experimental innovation

  • Financing and external investment structures

  • Stakeholder alignment

  • Communications and messaging

  • Innovation portfolio management and measurement

  • Cultivating successful innovation teams

  • Integrating external innovation

Design And Support Of Corporate Incubators And Accelerators

Designed for:

  • Innovation leaders seeking support to structure and launch and innovation program

  • Innovation leaders who are operating an incubator or accelerator and are seeking support in developing the skills of their project teams


  • Advisory services to scope, design and structure – a tested process to move from idea to operation

  • In-person, project-based custom skills training; proprietary content designed to efficiently advance early stage pilots to commercialization

Key Elements:

  • Discover and Develop: understand intended outcomes, resources and capabilities; design an internal innovation process and structure

  • Diagnose and Design: assess project teams to guide design of project-based workshops to fill outstanding skills gap

  • Build Capacity: deliver immersive project-based workshops and skills training

Flywheel Innovation Team

Yael V. Hochberg, PhD

Prof. Hochberg is the Ralph S. O’Connor Professor of Entrepreneurship at Rice University, the Academic Director of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, a Research Affiliate at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Prof. Hochberg's research and teaching interests are focused on entrepreneurship, innovation, and the financing of entrepreneurial activity. Her research focuses on the venture capital industry, accelerators, networks and corporate governance and compensation policies. In addition to her doctorate in finance from Stanford, she holds a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and an A.M. in Economics from Stanford University.

She holds a Research Affiliate position with MIT’s Sloan School of Management and is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Prof. Hochberg is also Managing Director of the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project, which publishes the annual ranking of accelerator programs in the U.S.

Previously, she was employed in the technology industry in both larger and startup companies. She serves on the advisory board and board of directors for several early stage startups. In 2015, she was named one of the world’s 40 under 40 best business school professors by Poets and Quants. In 2016, she was awarded the Ewing Marion Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship.

Jamie N. Jones, PhD

Dr. Jones serves as the Executive Director of Fuqua’s Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (CEI) and is an Associate Professor of the Practice of Management.

Prior to joining Fuqua, Dr, Jones served as the Executive Director of the Liu Idea Lab for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Lilie) at Rice University where she focused on developing curricular and co-curricular programs for students and faculty across the university.

Dr. Jones co-founded Impact Engine, an investment firm with a mission to bring more capital to a market where financial returns are linked to positive social and environmental impacts. Impact Engine supported three cohorts of early-stage companies through its accelerator program and is now placing capital into seed and series A venture investments through its second venture fund.

Dr. Jones was also previously an Innovation Advisor at RTI International, a leading nonprofit research institute based in North Carolina, where she supported companies, governments, and non-governmental organizations in their quest to commercialize technology-driven new products. Sitting at the nexus of technology, customers, and markets, Dr. Jones has deep expertise connecting user-insights to technology commercialization pathways and business model development and has worked on project ranging from sanitation and energy to agriculture and health.

Dr. Jones maintains an affiliation with the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University where she serves as the faculty lead for the Emerging Markets and Social Impact cohort of the Zell Fellows Program. Previously, Dr. Jones was the Director of Social Entrepreneurship and a Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Kellogg, where she worked with startups, nonprofits and companies to build and finance ventures that create both financial and social returns.

Dr. Jones has experience combining design thinking and Lean Startup practices to optimize business models. She has worked in India, East and West Africa and Latin America on agriculture, education, health, and water-focused ventures. Her contributions have been recognized by the Triangle Business Journal 40 Under 40.

Hesam Panahi, PhD

Dr. Panahi is the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Programs at Rice University's Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Dr. Panahi is also a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business and a Lecturer in Computer Science at University of Houston’s College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. In these roles, Dr. Panahi works with students, faculty, and alumni to develop and grow their ventures.

Previously, Dr. Panahi was a Clinical Assistant Professor in Management Information Systems at University of Houston’s C.T. Bauer College of Business where he guided students in learning about network systems design, mobile application development, web application development, and database design. While at the University of Houston, Dr. Panahi founded RED Labs, the University of Houston’s startup accelerator and technology entrepreneurship program. He also taught courses in the Gerald. D. Hines School of Architecture’s industrial design program and Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship’s entrepreneurship program.

Dr. Panahi co-founded Appology Labs, a software consulting firm that created web applications for clients in industries ranging from entertainment to quality and safety services. He also served as the CTO of Translizer, an online marketplace that connected companies with translation, interpretation, and revision services. In each of these positions, Dr. Panahi led software development efforts, focusing on rapid iterations based on user and customer feedback.

Contact Us

To discuss how Flywheel Innovation can support your enterprise growth objectives through innovation, please call Jamie at +1 864 633 9256 or use the form below.