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INNOVATION DUE DILIGENCE™

Extensive due diligence services exist for private equity firms to utilize for evaluation in areas from finance to operations prior to merger or acquisition activity. Nottingham Spirk is the only firm to examine an organization’s growth potential exclusively through the lens of innovation.

 

PORTFOLIO COMPANY INNOVATION

In many cases, private equity funds or family offices have not considered how to use innovation to invigorate their portfolio companies. Nottingham Spirk assists with critically examining existing portfolio company products for innovation potential and competitive strength.

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Nottingham Spirk Innovation Due Diligence for Market Disruption

The Missing Piece in Your Due Diligence Effort

Innovation is critical to the success of your potential acquisition.

Among current firms and offerings across industries, due diligence efforts that private equity funds use during the merger and acquisition process do not effectively examine, envision and enact the innovation potential within organizations. Nottingham Spirk's innovation-focused due diligence process rigorously uncovers opportunities for impactful market disruption.

Innovation Uncertainties

The due diligence process is typically an underutilized opportunity to strategically address innovation uncertainties and envision a clear path forward. Uncovering an organization's capacity to innovate is critical to assessing its growth potential. Innovation is complex and ambiguous. It takes significant effort to effectively implement innovation in an ongoing, sustainable manner. Organizations must confront and navigate the questions below to maximize innovation value creation. 

Questions we help answer:

  • What does it mean to innovate?

  • Who leads innovation?

  • What qualities, characteristics & skills are needed?

  • Who funds innovation? 

  • What are the critical opportunities to innovate?

  • What forces cultivate innovation?

  • What is the ROI on innovation?

Learn more about areas we evaluate during the acquisition process.  Download the checklist below. 

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Portfolio Company Innovation Addresses a Significant Need

Innovation is critical to the success of your existing portfolio companies.

Private equity funds or family offices that have already acquired portfolio companies can experience increased profitable growth through Nottingham Spirk's comprehensive approach to analyzing the innovation potential of organizations in the portfolio. 

The Process

From Innovation Due Diligence™ through Commercialization, the Nottingham Spirk team can help at any stage.

  • NS Innovation Due Diligence™ - Informed Innovation Assessment
  • Innovation Workshops – Idea Generation and Prioritization
  • NS PathFinder™ - Strategic Growth Program
  • Vertical Innovation™ - Design and Development
  • Commercialization – Go-to-Market Support

Learn more about how we evaluate innovation for your portfolio companies. Download the fact sheet below. 

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The Innovation Imperative

Why Innovation Due Diligence™ and Portfolio Company Innovation Matter

Nottingham Spirk disrupts on functionality AND cost across all aspects of the product development process —an imperative effort revealing immediate and future actions to maximize the value of  your acquisition.

WHAT YOUR ORGANIZATION STANDS TO LOSE

WHAT YOUR ORGANIZATION STANDS TO GAIN

Threats in overlooking innovation due diligence

Benefits attained through innovation due diligence

Unrealized product line extensions & new product development

Compelling development opportunities

Missed opportunities to enhance product design & functionality

Maximized ROI & market share through disruptive innovation

Undiscovered ways to maximize efficiency & cost savings

Increased profitability

Overlooked opportunities to enhance role in industry leadership

Strengthened competitive position & industry leadership

Under-utilization of strengths, capabilities & partnerships

Identification of needs, pain points & white space to enact change

Unclaimed market share

Engagement in a human-centered approach re-framing challenges

Threat of obsolescence

Actionable, future-focused view of innovation

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Return On Innovation

Looking ahead, not in the rearview mirror

The ability to innovate disruptively — not with incremental tweaks to existing lines but by expanding into adjacent categories or, even better, creating new ones, as the Bassinest did — is a powerful variable in a company’s worth. However, it’s difficult to measure. Traditional due diligence efforts look at history, because that’s where the data is. Innovation due diligence looks at possible futures, therefore, calling for different methods of evaluation.

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