Welcome to Exploring Innovation Spaces: the tCL Spring 2019 conference from 29-31 March 2019 at HEC Alumni Premises in Paris. Scroll down for all the information you need.

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Exploring Innovation Spaces

Labs, Incubators, Accelerators, Camps, Hubs, Studios, Hackathons, Garages—these are only a few of the many shapes and forms of the new spaces that have sprung up in recent years to drive change and innovation. Some spaces foster entrepreneurship and the exploration of new business opportunities, while others wrestle with complex social challenges. All of these spaces drive impact and change.

Regardless of their form, these spaces are growing, attracting attention worldwide, and setting a new “must have” in today’s fast-paced, hyperconnected, and complex environment.

In this world of pivots, iterations, and sprints, where everyone seeks their inner Silicon Valley, this conference will offer the opportunity to stop for a moment, reflect and explore the hype.

We are very fortunate to have academics, researchers and practitioners passionate about innovation and innovation spaces joining us as speakers. They will facilitate diverse interactive sessions and share their know-how, giving us a taste of their experiences, and engaging us in a reflective, and dare we say ‘innovative’ space.

So, whether you are part of or are going to be a part of such spaces, or whether you are a practitioner looking for ways to innovate, this conference is for you.

We will draw on the latest research on innovation spaces and benefit from the broad experience in the room to answer questions around:

  • How did this phenomenon come to be and what can we learn from its history?
  • Why do these spaces continue to be the celebrated exceptions in our organizations, and not simply “the way” that work gets done?
  • What are their different types and what are the frameworks, techniques, tools that animate them?
  • What is the impact of ‘innovation spaces’ on the system?
  • What role for the ‘space curator’ or change agent?
  • What is the impact on leadership and what is the role of the ‘leader’?
  • How can I grow the ‘innovation space’ in my practice?
  • Can tCL be an ‘innovation space’? How?
SpeakerKary BheemaiahZaid HassanSihem Jouini
TitleSenior Engagement Manager, Fahrenheit 212
CEO & Co-Founder Roller StrategiesAssociate Professor HEC
BiographyKary BheemaiahZaid HassanSihem Jouini

SpeakerAndreas LambropoulosNadim MattaJason McDonald
TitleHead of IFS Strategic Initiatives, BNP ParibasPresident Rapid Results InstituteSenior Engagement Manager, Fahrenheit 212
BiographyAndreas LambropoulosNadim MattaJason McDonald
SpeakerMathis SchulteMarc ThompsonLars Thuesen
TitleAssociate Professor HECSenior Fellow Said Business SchoolFounder of WIN
BiographyMathis SchulteMarc ThompsonLars Thuesen
SpeakerHadeel ABDOMaha ABOU SAMRA
Hadeel Abdo
TitleProject Coordinator, UN WomenProgramme Manager, UNDP
BiographyHadeel AbdoMaha Abou Samra

How to Get There

The conference will be held at the HEC Alumni premises in the beautiful Hotel Le Marois, Paris VIII:

HEC Alumni, 9 avenue Franklin D Roosevelt, 75008 Paris

Once at this address, a pathway will lead to the Hotel Particulier, where you can take the lift to the 4th floor. Please ring the doorbell to open the door.

Accessibility: please contact us to check wheelchair accessibility.


  • Franklin D Roosevelt (lines 1 and 9) or
  • Champs-Elysées Clémenceau (lines 1 and 13) or
  • Invalides (lines 8, 13 and RER C)

Where to Stay

To enjoy the city, we recommend you stay at a walking distance on the right bank in the 8th or 1st arrondissement, or across the river on the left bank in the 7th arrondissement.

Weather in Paris

Spring temperatures in Paris are variable and we can expect anything from 5°C to 12°C. We’ll keep our fingers crossed for a warmer welcome!

You will find the detailed conference programme here: tCL Paris 2019 Conference Book.



Our Exploration of Innovation Spaces will stretch beyond the core program as we have the rare opportunity to discover together, as part of our conference, the most elaborate innovation space in Paris, and the world’s biggest startup facility, STATION F.

At the end of Day 1, we will leave the HEC Alumni venue at 17:30 to cross town to STATION F. There, we will be invited to discover the innovation space and ecosystem, meet the people behind the HEC Incubator, and engage around the unique stories of startups.

Following our visit, we will enter the latest concept of the Big Mamma restaurants group, a unique food market: La Felicità, the product of another HEC startup where we will meet 5 entrepreneurs developing their startups within STATION F. We will also join our growing community of CCC, tCL and HEC friends in a fun, engaging and mouth-watering dining experience.

One-way transportation from HEC Alumni, the visit to STATION F as well as the Networking Dinner are all included in the conference fee for registered participants.
Guests of registered participants are welcome to join the networking dinner at La Felicita starting 19:00. There are no formalities involved in their participation; they will be able to manage their own food and drinks directly with the restaurant.

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Paris 2019 conference presentations 

Speaker(s)SessionSuggested Reading 1Suggested Reading 2Suggested Reading 3
Zaid HassanHow To Make Sure Your Innovation Strategy Doesn’t Suck
The Rise Of The Prototyping ParadigmEllen MacArthur Foundation Zaid Hassan Key Note- The Social Labs Revolution, 2018 SummitGood Strategy, Bad Strategy
Nadim Matta100-Day Challenges - Can Islands Become the Ocean?
HBR_ Why Good Projects Fail Anyway_Sep03SSIR_Doing Government Differently_Winter 2017SSIR.Local Empowerment through Rapid Results copy
Hadeel Abdo; Maha Abou Samra; Lars ThuesenInnovation Beyond the Space: The Case of UN Innovation Lab in Palestine
Driving Innovation Beyond the Lab: the Case of the UN Innovation Lab in Palestine