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World top 10 university, Imperial College London wanted to become a leader in how we can address the biggest issue facing humanity and the world.

Wicked Acceleration Labs (WAL) was founded by Prof. Erkko Autio, Dr Cristoba Garcia-Herrera, Mr Mike Pinder, John Makepeace & Nicolas Rebolledo Bustamante to close the gap between academia, government, and industry to accelerate how we fundamentally address the most pressing and critical challenges of our time.

CLIENT: Wicked Acceleration Labs
INDUSTRY: Research & Eduction


A new research centre was founded in partnership with Imperial Business School, Royal College of Art and consortia of leading global industry players to address ecosystem systemic challenges such as UN SDGs, global climate change, sustainability, decarbonisation, circularity…

Wicked Acceleration Labs was established to develop leading techniques to accelerate the resolution of wicked problems.

Explorer Labs is a key enabling partner in the design and development of better approaches to problem solving by continuously pushing the boundaries beyond the limits of existing customer-centric innovation and business design approaches.

  • Deep Tech Acceleration
  • Digital Business Model Design for Sustainability
  • Ecosystem Strategy Formation
  • Speculative Design Acceleration
  • Circular Economy Ecosystem
  • Corporate Moonshot Acceleration
  • Future-Back Innovation Methodologies

Advancing the field

We have co-created and designed new tools, methodologies and frameworks aimed at wicked problem resolution.

We’ve designed and run international MBA modules, seminars and held events (with guests like Steve Blank), all combining latest research and industry best practices.


Explorer Labs & Wicked Acceleration Labs regularly organise and host Corporate Acceleration international symposiums & events with leading industry figures. The lab has authored several research papers and programs and has trained over 400+ people cross-industry globally.

We have on-going projects with World Economic Forum, Technische Universität Munich (TUM), Royal College of Art (RCA) and many others.

Annual international symposium

Hosting an annual symposium bringing together world-leading figures, speakers & practitioners in corporate innovation for sustainability.

Innovation methodologies developed

Implemented 4 new innovation methodologies beyond lean (Deep-Tech Acceleration, Corporate Moonshot Acceleration, Ecosystem Strategy, Speculative Design), with more to come.

Lean Startup can only get us so far. We need context specific approaches, better suited to the challenges we face now and in the future.

Steve BlankGodfather of Lean Startup

More about innovation methods beyond customer-centricity

Lean more about our sustainability innovation & business design programs, specifically designed to go beyond the limits of design thinking & lean.

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