Become an Innovation Champion !


23rd edition – 6th February to 6th June 2025    


The programme enables the participants to:

  • Master the key challenges of innovation and its strategic positioning in the company
  • Understand how to make teams and organisations more innovative
  • Turn a profusion of ideas into concrete products and markets
  • Acquire the means to generate, facilitate and structure innovation
  • Understand how to effectively bring to market innovation projects
  • Carry out a specific innovation project for their company


Over twelve days (six 2-day modules), this programme provides a rigorous multi-disciplinary approach developed by an international panel of academic and field experts. Firmly rooted in practice, it includes studies of innovative companies and business testimonials and allows for numerous exchanges between lecturers and participants. It is concluded by a business project to enable the participants to apply in their respective company the methods and tools acquired. An annual networking and follow-up session ensures the implementation of the objectives set at the end of the programme.


Today, efficient companies are distinguished by their capacity to continuously detect, assess and capitalise on new opportunities and to turn this capacity into a sustainable competitive advantage. In this context, providing innovation management training enables company executives to acquire the key competencies of innovation management.

The programme is therefore based on the 5 key competencies of an innovative company:

Module 1 Understand innovation and align it with the company's strategy


  • Understand the role and importance of innovation in the company’s strategy 
  • Understand the key success factors of innovation and the implications for its management in the company 
  • Identify which types of innovation meet optimally the goals set by the company

Guest speaker : Paul Baisier (Puratos)

Dates : Thursday 6th February & Friday 7th February 2025

Module 2 Identify innovation opportunities 
  • Identify & differenciate the innovative organisations
  • Develop an organisation that promotes the innovation and proactivity
  • Thinking in new boxes: acquire, create and manage ideas in an innovative organisation 


Lecturers : Professors Julie Hermans - LSM, Luc de Brabandère - BCG, Benoit Gailly -LSM, Marine Agogué (HEC Montréal)

Guest speaker : Tom De Block (Google)


  • Luc de Brabandère "Petite Philosophie de la transformation digitale ou (re) découvrir l'art du zigzag"

  • Benoît Gailly "Navigating Innovation", Chapter 4

Dates : Thursday 20th February & Friday 21st February 2025

Module 3 Create, develop and manage an innovative organisation and teams

  • Identify the characteristics of a learning organisation geared to innovation
  • Manage the organisational factors that inhibit or encourage the creation of knowledge and innovation
  • Understand and implement the Fair Process Leadership


Lecturers :   Professor Françoise de Viron - LSM, Julie Hermans - LSM, Ludo Van der Heyden - INSEAD

Guest speaker : Frédéric Van Malleghem (Cambio), Anne-Sophie Marsin (Santily), Damien Prieels (Iba)


  •  Benoît Gailly "Navigating Innovation", Chapter

Dates: Thursday 13th & Friday 14th March 2025

Module 4 Develop and enhance a portfolio of innovative projects
  • Master the tools for the evaluation and enhancement of innovative business models
  • Develop and manage a balanced portfolio of innovative projects
  • Identify and master the challenges of intellectual property


Lecturers :  Professor Julie Hermans-LSM, Professor Mireille Buydens - ULB  Partner-Janson Baugniet &  Professor Benoît Gailly-LSM 

Guest speakers : Nicolas Cudre-Mauroux (Solvay), Frederic Gevers (Prayon)

Dates: Tursday 27th March & Friday 28th March 2025

Module 5 Launch successfully and accelerate an innovation project

  • Master the key factors for the adoption and dissemination of an innovation 
  • Identify and activate the innovation networks
  • Manage efficiently the process for launching an innovation on your market


Lecturers : Professors Françoise de Viron, Julie Hermans, Benoit Gailly - LSM

Olivier Wathelet - Users Matter, Annick Castiaux - UNamur

Guest speaker : Philippe Tallier (GSK), Dimitri Schuurman (Imec)

Dates : Thursday 17th April & Friday 18th April 2025

Module 6 Become an innovation champion


  • Integrate the concepts and tools of innovation management in your business 
  • Reflect on the responsible organisation
  • Present the business project

Lecturers :  Professors Benoît Gailly & Françoise de Viron - LSM & Xavier Pavie - Essec Business School 

Guest speaker :

Dates : Thursday 5th June & Friday 6th June 2025

Integration workshop: ...and stay the course! Have I become an innovation champion?

  • Have I become an Innovation Champion?
  • A networking and follow-up session is planned to ensure the implementation of the learnings of the programme.
  • Workshop :  From convinced to convincing

Date : Thursday 9th October 2025

Lecturers : Professors Benoît Gailly & Françoise de Viron - LSM & Benoit Raucent (EPL), Caroline Verzat (ESCP Europe), Virginie Deram (HEMISF4IRE)