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Kris Østergaard

Kris Østergaard is the co-founder and Chief Learning & Innovation Officer of the educational institution SingularityU Nordic, as well as a faculty member of Singularity University globally. 

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As the Chief Learning & Innovation Officer of SingularityU Nordic, Kris Østergaard is responsible for designing and running education and innovation programs for organisations as well as startups in SingularityU Nordic’s +7,000 square meter innovation campus based in Copenhagen.

Kris Østergaard is a leading expert on innovation in legacy organisations, which he is currently transforming from 10 years of research into a book (published early 2019). He is also publisher and translator of the best-selling business book Exponential Organizations into Danish and co-author of The Fundamental 4s: How to Design Extraordinary Customer Experiences in an Exponential World. He is a Certified Experience Economy Expert and the first recipient of the prestigious Experience Management Achievement Award outside of the US.

Together with his partner Laila Pawlak, Kris launched thinkubator – a corporate, crowd-funded incubator that supports corporates to work with entrepreneurs and establish their own incubator to kick-start innovation, leverage technology, and deep dive into the exponential mindset. He co-founded the innovation hub DARE2mansion – a Professional Playground in Copenhagen, which serves as an incubator, co-working space and event venue where entrepreneurs, corporates, and academia can come together to create disruptive businesses.

Kris has 20 years of research experience with a primary specialisation in qualitative methodologies and gaining insights into the foundation of strategy building, designing extraordinary customer experiences, and affecting human behaviour in a positive way. He is a sought-after speaker and facilitator primarily around corporate innovation, exponential organisations and innovation in legacy organisations. He is also an advisor, board member and investor to a number of startups, certified coach, NLP Business Practitioner, LEGO Serious Play facilitator, and frequent writer and blogger on disruptive business, innovating on the edges, exponential organisations, innovation in legacy organisations and customer experiences.

  • Example of one of Kris’ talks:

Mutate for Success: Innovation in Legacy Organisations.

If you are a legacy organisation, i.e. a large, well-established company with a significant amount of employees and history, then there is good news and bad news when it comes to innovation. The bad news is that innovation is much harder for legacy organisations than it is for startups. The good news, however, is that no one has a better chance of succeeding because legacy organisations have all the resources that startups don’t. So it all comes down to mindset and design of strategy. In keynote talks and workshops Kris Østergaard, co-founder and Chief Learning & Innovation Officer of SingularityU Nordic, deep dives into how and why legacy organisations need to innovate in three lanes simultaneously (optimising, augmenting and mutating innovation) and why transforming culture in the process may be the hard problem that needs to be solved in order to mutate for future success.

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