It’s that time of year again: the temperature is dropping, leaves are changing colors, and after a sleepy summer, companies are ready to reflect on how they are going to improve their operation for the new year.

Lean Startup Week – this year known as Lean Startup Conference – has traditionally been a staple in the innovation industry for bringing both startups and enterprise companies alike into the same sphere in order to discuss advancements in strategy, tactics, ideas, and social impact.

Businesses of all sizes and industries come together and experience never-before-seen workshops, invigorating speakers and amazing networking opportunities that divulge the newest insights and innovations in modern management.

Despite the “shortened” length of the event itself, this year is no different.

In fact, LSC is coming up in just a few weeks, and we are excited to be a part of it.

We’ve planned out several events to enhance your Lean Startup Conference experience, all around the theme of digging deep to uncover new value for those who your organization aims to serve.

From virtual events for those of you who cannot attend the conference in person, to personalized speed mentoring sessions available for free throughout the entire event, our goal is to unite the Lean Startup community and help you ignite the entrepreneurial spirit within your organization so that you can dig deep and discover the diamond nuggets hiding beneath the surface, waiting patiently to be unearthed.

Warm-Up Week: November 5th, 6th and 7th


In order to open up the doors of innovation to a wider audience and drive a buzz for the upcoming LSC happenings, we’re getting the party started a week early with our own set of speakers, topics and viewpoints.

There will be three unique, 30-minute sessions where our innovation leaders will discuss various hot topics to get you in the mood for the big event.

Whether you are attending LSC in Las Vegas or not, we encourage your participation as these events will provide you with a once in a lifetime opportunity to get your questions answered by several of the industry’s most sought-after lean innovators.

All of these events are virtual and interactive, so you can submit any questions you have, chat and network with other attendees, and join from the comfort of your own office.

**Events have concluded, but you can still access the replays – Keep reading for more info.

Interview with Brant Cooper: Special Guest Marco De Polo of Roche Diabetes


Brant is the author of the New York Times bestseller “The Lean Entrepreneur” and with over two decades of expertise helping companies bring innovative products to market, he blends design thinking and lean methodology to ignite entrepreneurial action within large organizations.

Brant Cooper hosted an interview exploring how enterprise organizations can align innovation with strategic priorities with Marco De Polo: Head Global Strategic Insights & Open Innovation at Roche.

Click “Strategy” to register and access the replay:


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Leadership Development AMA with Aaron Eden


Aaron is an expert when it comes to building innovation teams and leadership development. For more than 20 years, Aaron has utilized his passion for innovation, entrepreneurship, and customer empathy to transform countless businesses by teaching them to adopt Lean Innovation, create new value for their customers, and generate hundreds of millions in new revenue.

In this AMA-style (ask me anything) event, participants had the opportunity to submit questions before and during the event, and Aaron did his best to answer as many of them as possible.

Click “Leadership” to register and access the replay:




Social Impact AMA with Heather Hiscox


Our Social Impact warm-up week session is specifically for social impact practitioners, social program managers, government or nonprofit leaders, and will feature one of the Co-Founders of our Social Impact team, Heather Hiscox.

Heather is a social entrepreneur passionate about creating communities focused on assets, abilities, and abundance. She has received numerous awards for her leadership and commitment to the community and was the recipient of the 2015-2016 University of Arizona Honors College Young Alumna Award, recognized as a 2015 TEDx Starr Pass Women Local Leader, was the Greater Tucson Leadership, Class of 2014 Ronald L. Kurth Awardee, and in 2013 Heather was recognized as a 40 Under 40 and Inside Tucson Business Up and Comer.

Learn how to reduce waste with Social Impact Programs in this 30-minute, AMA style event. This event will provide key learnings on how top philanthropy, non-profit and government agencies are innovating from within.

Click “Social Impact” to register and access the replay:


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VIP Dinner


November 15th, 6pm – 9pm, Gordon Biersch Brewery, Las Vegas

As always, Moves the Needle is hosting a very special annual VIP dinner celebration for our exclusive community of innovators.

Meet, discuss and share your experiences with like-minded executives and thought leaders whose mission is bringing innovation to their organization. Hear a quick talk from Brant Cooper, CEO and Founder of Moves the Needle about how to measure the progress of innovation programs, followed by networking, conversation, and of course, classic German-style beer & pub inspired eats.

Space is limited for this event, so if you are attending the Lean Startup Conference and want to take part in a unique experience, make sure you save your spot of our annual dinner here.

Speed Mentoring (powered by Moves the Needle)


The last item to consider for your LSC agenda is signing up for a speed mentoring session with a member from the Lean Startup community. Make the most of your conference by pre-registering for a personalized session with subject matter experts across every major industry.

Mentoring sessions are available throughout all three days of the conference to talk shop, solve tough innovation problems and empower you with actionable insights that you can take back with you.

Whether you have a broad growth challenge facing your company, or you are looking for specific advice on building and scaling an innovation team, share your real world use case and walk away with a plan on how you’re going to move faster, drive impact and act bolder.

Please note: mentoring sessions are on a first come – first served basis so register now to reserve your spot!

The following session types are currently being offered:

  • Social Impact – Important work in important institutions. Regular innovation strategies don’t apply – so what now? Guided by Heather Hiscox, a seasoned thought leader, get important practical advice on how to drive innovation in the unique, challenging social impact space.

  • Customer Experience – Focused, hands-on mentoring by a subject matter expert, Mike Kendall. Dig deep with rich customer experiences and learn how to scale them.

  • Leadership Development – Important development advice on how to sell your Leadership, build high growth teams and more.

  • Growth and Experiments – Zero to Product. Ask important questions on how to run better, deeper experiments across your entire organization. What does it take? Who should have a seat at the table? Let’s Talk.

  • Experiments in the Enterprise – Guidance crafted by subject matter experts just for coaches and practitioners solving real world challenges in the field. Discuss how to train leaders and staff to run rich experiments, gather alignment and get results.

Register for your personalized session here.

Join Us at Lean Startup Conference

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Mark your calendars and get in the mood to undergo serious transformation with Moves the Needle and Lean Startup Conference.

Whether you’re about to strike gold with one of your innovation initiatives, or you’re hoping to uncover a rare gem of knowledge from testing your assumptions, we hope that there will be something inspiring to pique your interest and get your wheels turning.

Looking forward to seeing you in November.

Until then, happy innovating!