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“The enterprise that does not innovate, ages and declines.”  

– Peter Drucker

Our Capabilities

Corporate Innovation

Limited time.  Limited resources. Unlimited opportunities. These are the variables of decisions that can make or break a company or brand. Your innovation strategy ties directly to the long-term business strategy. What products, brands, and markets are growing? What are the major shifts in technology and consumer behavior? What is the most strategic path for profitable business growth? These are the business questions. The innovation strategy is the framework for how we invest our limited resources to best create more value for current and future customers.  Companies without an innovation strategy waste time and money and even more important opportunity. No more “throwing spaghetti against the wall to see what sticks.”  No more “pet projects” based on someone’s gut. Make the right “bets” on the right brands and the right products.


Innovation management is the business system that provides the disciplined approach to executing the innovation strategy.  It is a set of processes and resources that manage the innovation pipeline and ensure the future of the business.  How do you manage multiple development projects?  How do you measure progress? How do you use your existing innovation capacity?  How do you grow your innovation capabilities?  How do you build a culture of innovation? In today’s market, one successful innovation won’t sustain growth for 10 years.  What’s needed is an innovation engine that produces a pipeline of opportunities for sustained growth.

Innovation Kickstart

Experience design thinking- the leading innovation discipline used by the top companies in the world.

Innovation Strategy Sprint

Kickstart the development of a robust innovation strategy and create a blueprint for action.

1/2 Day Workshop 1/2 Day Workshop
  • Discover the importance of innovation in today’s marketplace.
  • Understand the future of innovation.
  • Gain hands-on experience with innovation techniques
  • Learn how to grow in your innovation capability.
  • Experience innovation culture.
  • Experience a fresh, impactful team experience.
  • Learn a framework for creating a robust innovation strategy.
  • Understand why innovation strategy is a vital part of business strategy.
  • Determine how macro trends impact your strategy.
  • Practice generating quality ideas for your future innovation initiatives.
  • Discover new innovation tools and pathways.

Offering Design

Product development is an expensive process.  Prototypes are made.  Production processes designed.  Suppliers are vetted and contracts are signed.  There is an enormous amount of up-front investment to launching a new product.  New products fail because conventional market research wasn’t enough. Pedal uses human-centered design to gain deep insights into the customer’s world, revealing new ways to bring value. These insights shape detailed designs and prototypes leading to products that customers love.


A substantial part of the business world has no tangible products to sell.  They sell expertise, process and experience.  Customers hire service companies to solve their problem and enable their success. Too often a service company is more focused on providing their service than they are on the unspoken desires of the customer.  The reality is that your service is one component of the customer’s journey.  By gaining deep understanding of the customer journey, we design service that customer’s are happy to pay for. 




How customers experience your brand matters more than ever.  It increases the value of your products and services resulting in winning and keeping more customers.  Whether it’s communication of your brand or the layout of your physical space.  Human interaction or digital interface.  Every touchpoint matters.  At Pedal, we use human-centered design to gain insight into the dreams and desires of your ideal customer.  Then we use that insight to design unforgettable customer experiences that increase the value of your brand.


Innovation Kickstart

Experience design thinking- the leading innovation discipline used by the top companies in the world.

Idea Accelerator

Generate a flurry of fresh ideas, rapidly prototype and test the best ones, and accelerate the formation of a robust, new design for a specific product, service, or customer experience.

1/2 Day Workshop 2 Day Workshop
  • Discover the importance of innovation in today’s marketplace.
  • Understand the future of innovation.
  • Gain hands-on experience with innovation techniques
  • Learn how to grow in your innovation capability.
  • Experience innovation culture.
  • Experience a fresh, impactful team experience.
  • Introduce the power of Design Thinking to a core group within your company.
  • Set the trajectory for a comprehensive, market-shaping new product, service or experience.
  • Generate a set of rapidly-tested ideas and concepts for new product, service, or customer experience.

Market Research


The information that frames the design of new products and services is often limited to intuition and data-driven market research.  Humans are complex and usually cannot express their genuine desires and motivations.  We immerse ourselves in the world of the consumer revealing new opportunities to address their unmet needs and enable what they are trying to accomplish.  This level of customer empathy provides new inspiration for products, services, and experiences that tap into the heart of customers.




Choosing the best growth opportunity for your business is a very critical decision.  The choice to pursue one opportunity usually excludes many others.  This decision shouldn’t be based solely on gut instinct or unvalidated assumptions.  We lower the risk of this decision by incorporating macrotrends, analyzing the competitive landscape, and evaluating the total market potential. Then we compare the value of the opportunities against your company’s business goals and tolerance for risk to determine the best fit.



Business Design



In a world that is changing fast, there is a universe of opportunities for businesses.  Chasing the right opportunities leads to healthy, sustainable growth.  Chasing the wrong opportunities can lead to wasted time, money, and resources, putting the business at risk. The common ingredient in the companies that have sustained growth in a rapidly changing world: they know who they are and who they are not.  This goes much deeper than vision, mission, and values.  Businesses need a deep understanding of their core identity, so that they can create value for customers that resonate with who they are.  More than ever before, customers want to know who is making their product and do they share similar values.  At Pedal we believe that shaping the corporate identity is the starting point of good design.  




Apple, Google, Netflix.  When we think of these companies, we might think of the technology that they have designed that has shaped the world.  The reality, however, is that their most profitable innovation in the last 15 years has not been technical.  All three companies changed the world by innovating a business model.   Apple changed the way we buy music with the iTunes store.  Google changed how we search for information, by getting paid through intelligence-driven advertisements.  Netflix changed how we consume entertainment by a subscription-based streaming.  Can your business change the world, by thinking differently about how it makes money? Pedal business designers can help you find new ways to sell your products and services to customers.  Ways that often generate more revenue and profit than ever before.




Companies with the best culture are winning in today’s marketplace.  The strongest businesses are creating work environments that inspire their employee’s work.  Inspired employees innovate.  Inspired employees stay.  Inspired employees attract more inspired employees.  Pedal helps company’s design a corporate culture that inspires.  We love our work, and we want others to love theirs.


Aspirational Identity

Establish the foundation by which all strategy, culture and innovation emerge.

Executive Innovation Program

Learn how to lead innovation while being challenged to grow with leaders from other companies.

1 Day Workshop 1/2 day every 2 weeks for 3 months
  • Define your purpose, culture, and strategy.
  • Develop a source code for designing a purposeful, agile organization.
  • Create greater alignment of leadership to the purpose of the company.
  • Establish greater cohesion of the core leadership team
  • Define a decision-making framework for prioritizing strategic initiatives .
  • Learn how to shape a culture of innovation.
  • Understand how to structure the innovation capabilities of your org.
  • Build a roadmap of change for establishing a culture of innovation.
  • Gain hands-on experience with innovation techniques.
  • Receive an assessment of current leadership capacity.
  • Develop a personal plan for growth in innovation leadership.


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