Gate One is an award-winning, UK-based digital and business transformation specialist serving prestigious clients in multiple sectors: health, public sector, life sciences, financial services, travel and consumer.
As befits their structured transformation-specialist DNA, most of Gate One’s Method Grid library is given over to detailed transformation roadmaps that they regularly take to market; for example to facilitate: digital customer experience, target operating model redesign, people change and cost optimisation programmes.
A fast-growing company – made up of former big firm consultants – one of their proudest values is that of continued entrepreneurship internally. One of the unique ways they bring this value to life is through their business incubator: enabling their consultants to get involved in taking bright new start-up ideas to market.
The challenge with any business incubator is to have a rigorous gated process in place. At each stage of the entrepreneurial journey, ideas need to be systematically developed, explored and critiqued – via a balanced challenge and support ethos – in order to progress to the next stage. Their challenge, in this regard, was to develop a clear process roadmap that prescribes all of these carefully graduated stages and brings to life the multiple dimensions of this journey: from the emotional “do the founders have the right mindset?” question to the more fundamental “is there sufficient demand for this product?” type evaluation. Gate One also sought to build a business incubator framework that was constantly evolving – with the learns of each new incubated business being fed back into an ever improving toolbox.
How Method Grid was used
The primary left-to-right logic of Gate One’s business incubator grid is a gated set of steps that takes a business entrepreneur from an embryonic Ideation stage to early stage commercial testing to the development of multi-faceted business plans to detailed business design and build-out to pilot launch and, ultimately, scaling up.