xFIVE has to his credit more than 100 missions in 4 years of existence. Our clients will testify about the effectiveness of our action and we can put you in contact with them to explain to you how we materialize their dreams into tangible business.
To build trust between you and us, we have settled up a "Discovery Module": it will allow you in a few days of xFIVE's work to obtain interesting results regarding an issue, a challenge of limited size. It will also help to build mutual trust and better understanding of the mechanisms and tools that we will deploy, while producing interesting deliverables for you.
The 2A2CI methodology is an original methodological tool developed by xFIVE. This approach has been the subject of several communications and earned an "excellent paper award" at an international conference on inventive design in Seoul in 2014.
But better than academic recognition, what delights us is the feedack of our many customers who appreciate the support altogether structured, simple, pragmatic and efficient given to their innovation project by 2A2CI.
The 5 steps (Awareness, Analysis, Concepts development, Concretization, Impact evaluation) of the 2A2CI methodology are built on the basis of pragmatic and effecient tools. The 2A2CI methodology is effective to accelerate the placing on the market of a new product / service, as well as to solve complex technical or economical problems, or to develop new business models.
2A2CI structures the innovation process as well as the changes that are induced by this process in our client companies.
xFIVE is a company with variable geometry that fits the size of the projects of our client companies:
- xFIVE, it is a multidisciplinary team of people with varied and complementary expertise careers.
- xFIVE, it is a successful company founded in 2011 with a huge track record of successes booked for satisfied customers.
- xFIVE, it is also a network of experts and partners in many areas (marketing, communication, design, human resources, intellectual property, prototyping, statistical analysis, IT, etc ...) that are mobilized case by case according to the problems to address.
- xFIVE, it is also Triaxes-Pro, a partnership of three professions (business development, design and engineering) who are mobilizing for your project according to your needs.
- xFIVE, it is finally the Steps Beyond network, a European network (Strasbourg / Paris / Brussels / Geneva / Berlin) for Inventive Design.
|Depending on our clients' projects, we identify the necessary expertise and key, like a "movie director", we select and guide the experts to carry out this project. We engage in the results. Our fee depends thereof.|
Innovation is when the novelty meets the market and is appropriated by this market.
In the early stages of our 2A2CI process, we put everything in place to have a deep understaning of the business ecosystem of the studied project and we explore the challenges / frustrations / problems / not-answered and existing needs within this ecosystem. In this set of issues nestle interesting information to create innovation.
A major generic objective is to "simplify the end user's life". This is the essence of our approach, basically centered on the user of the product / service to develop.
To realize the dreams of our customers into tangible business, we also insist on the role of demonstrator. If a picture is worth a thousand words, we think a first demonstrator is worth a thousand ideas. Most ideas can be described in a few words on a page. Develop a "demonstrator" means to integrate the features and functionalities required for the product, as well as offering services around this product, and also the commercial approach and how to communicate. This demonstrator will in turn generate new ideas and new perspectives on products and services, business model, culture change.
Yet few companies are implementing actions to encourage the use of demonstrators as a way to develop and refine ideas. All too often, teams are satisfied to generate ideas in brainstorming sessions and these concepts remain in the form of items in a list, without being developed in a meaningful way, then go directly to the "prototype stage".
A demonstrator is not a prototype! It must be developed on a "frugal" way with few resources, it must allow to visualize the idea of representing the desired functionality. Unlike a prototype, a demonstrator doesn't need to check the industrializable character of the product / service. Its essential role, focusing on pilot users, is verify if the product / service meets a market need. It will help people understand the ideas more effectively. It will clarify the value proposition of a product. It will bring the teams to interact, suggest improvements, identify strengths and weaknesses, to complete the ecosystem as a whole, strengthen networking between different stakeholders, and thereby to ensure consistency within well developed ecosystem.
And above all, it allows to set up a real user-centric dynamic.
Your company is not necessarily structured to lead an innovation project from the beginning to its conclusion. xFIVE relies on your resources and supports your team in its innovative approach and we will settle up with you the necessary processes to sustainably manage innovation projects.
An innovation is something new that your clients have adopted and that is simplifying their lives. This innovation, when it has conquered the market, so will inevitably impact your business, your operating processes and organization.
For us, people are at the heart of the process. The individual and collective human aspects are key to transform any proposal into tangible reality. And that is why it is essential to work on this double dimension. In order to organize and develop the capacity of individuals in multidisciplinary teams to trust each other, we work so that formed groups are fully aware of the collective force developed by building on individual strengths. Indeed, an individual decision can be enriched if it is confronted with the opinion of many others and the collective decision will be better than the individual decision. By working on confidence-making mechanisms, and with the help of simple and practical tools, we ensure that the group synergy transforms the gathering of individual talents into a team, an alloy much more efficient than the mixture of components.
Our approach developes mechanisms allowing client companies to enroll employees in a collaborative approach and collective intelligence.
Your ideas are valuable, your projects are important. Before entrusting them to a partner, you must first establish a relationship based on trust. This is the goal of our "Discovery Module": it will allow you in a few days, to obtain interesting results regarding an issue, a challenge of limited size. It will also help to build mutual trust and better understanding of the mechanisms and tools that we will deploy, while producing deliverables interesting for you.
The second step, "Realizing Innovation", is operated by agreement on base of the results and developments of Discovery Module. The aim is to enable you to make a qualified decision on the industrialization or scaling up of your project. At the end of this mission, you have in your hands a functional demonstrator which has been tested in market conditions, and refined specifications of your future product / service.
In all cases, we operate by GO / NO GO: At each step, you are free to take the next step. Investments are thus gradually mobilized, depending on the trust established between you and us and depending on your confidence in the project.
Contact us for a proposal.
It's up to you: xFIVE acts as a resource for your business. We integrate you and your teams in the innovation process and that, at the height of your possibilities. We know that your daily activity consumes you. Our structured methodology will allow you to focus your resources: at certain moments and when needed we work with you; at other moments we work independently in hidden time for you and we report to you at key stages of validation or at your request.
The overall project duration depends heavily on the sector concerned and the nature of the project. Some examples:
- We conducted in 1 year a mobile application project from idea to commercialization of the application.
- In three months, we have completely reoriented the strategy of a developing business in construction sector.
- Since 2012, we conduct an action on an innovative process of energy production and we are at the demonstration today.
xFIVE is accredited by the CEQUAL for ESTIM Action: this is a compact "call product" to quickly understand the technical and economic relevance of a project idea. This module typically corresponds to 32 hours of intervention which amount to € 1,800 (€ 3,200 without subsidy). For you, it is very simple in terms of activation and it requires very little administration.
xFIVE team is also accredited by the Walloon Region for consultancy in creative economy and operational excellence through the mechanism Cheques-Entreprises.
xFIVE is also co-investor & partner in projects supported by the DGO6: Marshall Plan with the Wagralim cluster as a leader (Food Management Project), CWality, etc. We also work as subcontractors in projects supported by SPW funding.
Generally, we can discuss with you the best ways to fund your project.