Using Innovation to Boost Growth, Profitability and Drive Sustainable Impact

2nd October | 6pm-8pm | Stephens Scown LLP
Curzon House, Southernhay West, Exeter, Devon EX1 1RS

Join us for this free evening networking business event in at Stephens Scown LLP in  Exeter supporting businesses on their sustainability journey through innovation as a tool to boost growth, profitability and purposeful impact!

Join us for this free evening networking business event supporting businesses on their sustainability journey through innovation as a tool to boost growth, profitability and purposeful impact.

Innovation and sustainability have become two of the most pressing global issues for businesses, governments and academic institutions. Many companies need to make changes to their operations in order to increase revenue and profit, and address sustainability issues from climate risk to social cohesion, but they need help achieving their goals. They want to create new opportunities and try new ways of doing things, to stay relevant and in touch with the many changes that have taken place in our economies, global communities and societies.

From tech to retail and financial institutions, business leaders all say similar things, ‘we need new strategies, ideas and initiatives to help us with economic recovery and sustainability’. This is where innovation comes in. Innovation can help to understand the risks and embrace the opportunities. Using innovative approaches can help organisations to create new solutions to respond to a range of issues from large scale complex challenges such as urban poverty and carbon reduction, to more localised issues such as organisational development and governance.

Innovation provides a structured process to get to the root cause of the problem and creatively design new initiatives and services. In addition to this, using innovative techniques can help to design more effective solutions, at a much faster rate and a much lower cost.

As we begin to embrace the ‘new’, what we need are the right tools and methodologies to help restructure our companies, communities and economies, to be stronger, more sustainable and inclusive.

Expect an insightful evening of networking, expert talks with Tanya Popeau and engaging Q&A over sustainably-sourced catering.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Introduce and embed sustainable practices into business operations
  • Tackle specific sustainability issues from climate risk to social impact and inclusion
  • Develop new business models which drive revenue and, at the same time, positive global impact
  • Design new innovative ways of working to stay relevant and respond to the needs of customers and communities


6pm – 6:30pm – Networking and Refreshments

6:30pm – 6:40pm – Introduction and Housekeeping

6:40pm – 7:20pm – Tanya Popeau, Director, Synthesis

7:20pm – 7:35pm – Q&A

7:35pm – 7:40pm – 60 Second Pitches

7:40pm – 7:45pm – Close

7:45pm – 8pm – Optional Networking


Meet The Speaker!

Tanya Popeau is the Director of Synthesis – her expertise lies in innovation and sustainability. Her clients have included Unilever, UK government, UCL and the University of Chicago.

Tanya was also a consultant and advisor to the United Nations. She worked for the UN’s largest agency and was at the forefront of their shift to a strategic focus on innovation.

She is often asked to guest lecture on innovation & sustainability and has delivered sessions at UCL, Warwick Business School and the University of Chicago. She has recently joined the academic faculty at the University of Exeter, where she teaches the module ‘Tackling Global Challenges’. ​

Tanya studied at Cambridge university and Kings College London. Her studies have focused on innovating to solve complex global challenges, and the use of new emerging technologies to bring about positive social impact.

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