Boston is recognized as one of the best ENTREPRENEURIAL ecosystems in the world. By joining EPIC, you will connect with its unique environment and be part of what we call the Innovation Experience tour.
Home to the world’s most brilliant minds, Boston has a vibrant and cosmopolitan community. We PERSONALIZE your experience to match your networking preferences.
Visit the city with the highest concentration of top INNOVATION centers to develop and launch your ideas. Get to know best-in-class innovation leaders from all over the world and learn from their experiences.
Learn and get CERTIFIED by a globally recognized institution to predict what’s next and learn how to disrupt your industry.
Boston is the capital of Massachusetts – recently ranked as the most innovative state in the US. It is a “hub”, “network” and “incubator” of ideas, a “proving ground” for transformational discoveries in the worlds of technology, education, entrepreneurship and even arts. Most of the change-makers are here.
Most valuable innovation ecosystem
Million tourist and business travalers
Best performing entrepreneurial ecosystem in the world
Fortune 500 Innovation Centers
Growth index is1.6
higher compared to Silicon Valley
Billion in annual VC investments
Worldwide leader in Science, technology, education and health
How do we do it?
The EPIC program is designed to be highly practical and action-oriented. It is composed of both professional and social elements, providing participants with an experience that is both educational and memorable. Our highly practical and action-learning approach is reflected in the EPIC program design, which encompasses training, networking, benchmarking and cultural experience for those seeking in-depth understanding and intensive learning.
Acquire world-class know-how, advanced methodologies and effective tools from renowned thought leaders and seasoned consultants.
Plug into a vast network of industry experts with diverse backgrounds through a tailored series of speeches.
JAY RAO Babson Innovation & Entrepreneurship
FARBOD HAGIGI Harvard Innovation Lab Adviser
NICOLA PALMARINO IBM Innovation Researcher
PAMELA McNAMARAT CEO/Founder at Managing Helm
COLIN GOUNDEN President & CEO Via Science
Access the top innovation labs, leading business schools and outstanding organizations in your industry.
Experience one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities in the US. Great sports, food and arts are all here.
Hundreds of global companies have used our methodologies and training programs to identify new growth opportunities.
Rosemberth Garcia Martinez
Research and Development professional at Financiera Comultrasan
“EPIC is a way of thinking without limits and seeing beyond what is in front of my eyes. No limitations, losing the fear of new things.”
CEO at Andale (Italian tech start-up, winner of the Millennium Prize)
“You cannot not be sure of the importance and the value of EPIC until you experience it. In this one week, we had a chance to be exposed to so much content that you cannot possible even think there would be.”
We have transferred our methodology and have certified individuals from hundreds of universities worldwide.
CEO at Cubbit (Italian tech start-up, winner of the Millennium Prize)
“The thing that I liked most about EPIC was the pragmatic attitude. The team is focused on the results and we have produced valuable outcomes. Second, they have been working with huge companies and had achieved great success but still they are really nice people, very cool and very easy to go.”
Paola Andrea Franco
Chief of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Cali Chamber of Commerce
Chief of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Cali Chamber of Commerce
The EPIC program design and content were envisioned by prominent consultants and innovation thought leaders who also teach at the top business schools worldwide.
DR HITENDRA PATEL
Managing Director of IXL Center
Dr. Patel has not only helped drive innovation for large corporations like Johnson Controls, Hewlett Packard, LG, Verizon and P&G, but has also consulted small to medium size enterprises and governments around the globe. He built the world’s largest start-up accelerator for budding young entrepreneurs through Hult Prize in collaboration with President Bill Clinton and his team. As a Professor, he has taught innovation courses at MBA and Executive Education programs from the top universities and business schools worldwide.
Dr. Patel holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management, a BSEE from Washington University in St. Louis and a PhD in Materials and Engineering from Iowa State University.
Chairman of the Board of the Global Innovation Management Institute
Ron was a senior partner of the Monitor Group where he established and led their Innovation Practice. He was also a founder of Innovation Management Inc. For 20 years, he held Managing Director position of the Technology and Innovation
Management Practice for Arthur D. Little worldwide. As a Professor, he led numerous executive leadership and development programs at major companies. Ron has been a visiting lecturer at Rice, Wharton, Columbia universities and Hult International Business School.
Prof. Jonash holds degrees in Economics and Engineering Systems from Princeton University where he also received his Master’s Degree in Architecture and Design.
DR CYNTHIA EE
Managing Director of Clarus Consulting Sdn Bhd
Dr Ee has over 20 years’ international work experience, helming global and regional leadership roles with organisations such as Flex and Hewlett-Packard. She has been engaged by the United Nations World Food Programme as a Change Management Consultant, based in Rome, Italy. Dr Ee has led as well as supported Senior Executives in facilitating organisational transformation and driving stakeholder engagement. She is Adjunct Professor at HELP University and USM.
Dr Ee holds an MBA (Dinstinction) from University of Stratchlyde, UK and a Doctor of Business Administration from the University of South Australia. She is a certified training partner of the Global Innovation Management Institute (GIMI) and Management Consulting Institute (MCI).
The EPIC program is delivered in cooperation with the major global service providers in consulting, innovation and business growth.
Boston Innovation Gateway (BIG) was founded by IXL Center following a study conducted at Harvard University designed to help companies and individuals go international. The initiative was highlighted by the university in 2014 and published in the Harvard Business Review in 2015. BIG designs and coordinates the EPIC program.
The Center for Innovation, Excellence and Leadership (IXL) is the Certified Training Provider of the GIM Institute. IXL has a global footprint and is recognized by Forbes as one of the best consulting companies in innovation, growth & new business models. IXL delivers the training through its global team of consultants and thought leaders.
Global Innovation Management Institute (GIMI) is the global standard certification board for innovation and innovation management. Over 200 Fortune 500 companies and over 5,000 MBA students worldwide have developed mastery of innovation through the structured frameworks and processes of the GIM Institute. GIMI provides the certification for the program.
The Harvard Entrepreneurship and Real Estate Association (HEEREA) promotes cutting-edge events and networking opportunities, allowing its community to gain superior insights while creating long-term value through its network of industry experts and thought leaders. HEEREA is partnered with the EPIC program and shares its on-campus Harvard University facilities.
CEOs, Directors, Chief Innovation Officers, Heads of Departments and Innovation leaders
Program Objectives and Deliverables
- Deliver 10X Growth strategy for your company, build capability to drive results and create discipline to follow through.
- Practice and implement proven methodologies to develop innovation culture and ecosystem for your business.
- Experience best practices in innovation through speeches by industry experts, benchmarking visits and networking with American and global business counterparts.
- Obtain globally-recognized certification from the Global Innovation Management Institute (Level 3 – Manager).
Certificate from the Global Innovation Management Institute (GIMI)
Participants will learn and practice GIMI tools and methodologies offered by the major MBA programs worldwide and receive Level 3 certificate, upon completion of assessments
UNDERSTAND INNOVATION FOR PRACTITIONERS
Level 1 certification is designed to teach you about the use of idea generation tools and to apply them in creating more and better ideas
MASTER INNOVATION TOOLS & BUILD BUSINESS CONCEPTS
Level 2 will apply Level 1 learning to a real-world issue or challenge on generating new growth ideas or opportunities for the organization
DEVELOP AND MANAGE INNOVATION PROGRAMS
Level 3 certification reflects an understanding of the innovation management techniques that an innovation manager needs to succeed
COMMERCIALIZE IDEAS AND/OR MANAGE INNOVATION INITIATIVES
Level 4 applies Level 3 learning to real challenges and coming up with insights and solutions in managing innovation in organizations
The workshop will focus on 3 key elements for creating the innovation system: strategy, capacity and discipline, which are supported by the ecosystem
- Companies need to provide guidance for where to innovate and what portfolio/pipeline of projects is needed to close the emerging growth gap
- Innovation capacity require having people, processes and resources to drive ideas to commercialization
- Discipline to make innovation real requires leadership, behaviors and metrics to finish what is started
- Innovation ecosystems allow companies to act 10X bigger and mover 10X faster
Our diverse speaker group includes thought leaders from the academia, serial entrepreneurs, and world-class corporate leaders. Past EPIC speakers:
Managing Principal at Verizon Business
VP of New Energy Solutions at National Grid
Senior Marketing Director at World Financial Group
Founder and CEO of ClinicalBox, Inc.
Director, Career Accelerator Program at Shorelight Education
HITENDRA PATELInnovation Thought Leader, Keynote Speaker, Author and Innovator
Professor at Babson College
JOSE ELIAS ALVAREZ
CEO at Inspirit, Inc
Global Manager of AI for Healthy Aging at IBM Research
CEO and co-founder of Health Helm, Inc.
Founder at MadValley Group & Director at Emerson Launch
Professor of Leadership Skills,
Leadership Coach and Discipline Lead
MARCIE (HEPNER) ZAHAREE
R&.D Program Project Leader at MITRE
Associate Editor at Harvard Business Publishing
Chairman at The Boston Pledge
Chairman of the Board of the GIM Institute
EPIC Program participants get access to the prominent local sites: innovation centers and labs, accelerators and workspaces. Past visits:
Cultural and Social Activities
EPIC Boston allows experiencing one of the most vibrant cities in the US: sport franchises, food specialties, great art and sightseeing, such as:
We’ve got you covered, from RM28,900+. What’s included:
- 7 nights accommodation (single/ shared room) or without accommodation option
- 7 days transport pass
- 5 days full day and evening program with workshops, talks, benchmarking visits, networking, cultural and social activities
- Global Innovation Management Institute Level 3 certificate, valued at USD500+
- Graduation ceremony and dinner
- Workshop materials
- Meals as stated in the itinerary
- Welcome kit, orientation to Boston and trolley tour
- Travel insurance
- Post program follow up with GIMI representative from Malaysia