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    About us

    We are the constant in your change

    We are Lead Innovation. The innovation partner for established companies. We have been supporting leading industrial enterprises around the world for 20 years. One of our recipes for success – our holistic approach. If you don't want to merely produce a one-hit wonder, we are the right for you. 

    Excellent cooperation

    The power to innovate stems from the correct interplay between strategy, structure, process, method, and culture.

    For established companies, the capacity for innovation is a core competence with which they secure their economic future. Whether as a trendsetting pioneer or a space-creating innovation partner, Lead Innovation takes on the challenges of its clients with fierce passion.

    20 years as an innovation partner

    For two decades, we have been looking closely and listening carefully. This has made us the preferred innovation partner for established companies from various sectors for many years.

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    With our holistic approach, we break open rigid structures and enable non-stop innovation with which you achieve sustained success and growth. 

    +30k experts

    Our worldwide network of lead users and experts is unique and has helped many manufacturing businesses to solve the trickiest of problems. 

    1st class team

    You can be certain of your success. Our innovation managers and researchers are top class and work passionately on your innovation projects. 

    Excellent cooperation and success are built on curiosity, trust, competence, flexibility, and interconnection.

    These are our principles

    Curiosity

    Curiosity

    Success arises through innovation. Curiosity is the driving force for new things. Our unquenchable thirst for discovery turns vision into reality.

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    Trust

    For a cooperation based on trust, we interact with our partners and customers on equal terms. This is the basis for our success.

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    Competence

    With our competencies, we contribute to our clients' success. We are aware of this responsibility and ensure the highest quality of our services through comprehensive know-how and continuous further development.

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    Flexibility

    Shaping the future means being flexible. We appreciate the individual requirements of our customers and adapt ourselves to external framework conditions.

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    Interconnection

    Connecting with others enhances our knowledge. Based on this belief, we keep our eyes and ears open for what's new and rev up our customers' innovation engine.

    Interaction on equal terms

    Daniel Zapfl
    CEO & Partner
    Daniel Zapfl
    CEO & Partner

    Allows ideas to become reality and for those around him to surpass themselves. Likes Nikola Tesla, Leonardo da Vinci, and inventors of all kinds. Not a fan of dogma.

    #innovationmanagement

    Tanja Eschberger-Friedl
    COO
    Tanja Eschberger-Friedl
    COO

    Loves that first coffee on a Monday morning, structure, and sophisticated sarcasm. No patience for late meal deliveries. As a genuine multitasking talent, she lives innovation management 24/7.

    #innovationstrategy

    Anna Kirchmair
    Innovation and Research Specialist
    Anna Kirchmair
    Innovation and Research Specialist

    Empathetic networker and opportunity detective. Stands out. Mainly due to exceptional knowledge, intoxicating laughter, and an extravagant wardrobe. Never wants to grow out of the 'why?' phase.

    #innovationinsights

    Barbara Korak
    Research Specialist
    Barbara Korak
    Research Specialist

    Loves deep discussions and fine dining. Always eager for new things. With a distinctive investigative spirit, she enjoys discovering new paths, whether that be in complex subject matter or during her walks in nature.

    #togetherfortomorrow

    Brian Fried
    VP Business Development USA
    Brian Fried
    VP Business Development USA

    Finds inventors in the land of unlimited opportunity. Does great things and will tell you about it. As a born inventor, has a gift for problem-solving.

    #inventor

    Doris Könighofer
    Content Manager
    Doris Könighofer
    Content Manager

    Gets up early in the morning to chase facts and tell stories. As a sage communicator, she makes the complex comprehensible. Likes ergonomic keyboards and people with wild ideas.

    #innovationneedscommunication

    Emma Wimleitner
    CRM Trainee
    Emma Wimleitner
    CRM Trainee

    Supports our marketing team with maximum effort. Loves Italian cuisine and dreams about visiting as many countries as possible.

    #learningbydoing

    Florian Muthwill
    Innovation Manager
    Florian Muthwill
    Innovation Manager

    As a mountain-lover, he yearns for beautiful perspectives, and impresses with his vision in complex situations. He is our man for specialist knowledge, new technologies, and the energy revolution. The archetypal family man, company man, and teammate.

    #greenfuture

    Jannik Böckenholt
    Innovation Manager
    Jannik Böckenholt
    Innovation Manager

    Adroit in all situations. Be that in moderating workshops, making wisecracks, or on the beach volleyball court. As well as being talented, he shares knowledge generously, thus making him popular with all who meet him.

    #openinnovation

    Julian Eberling
    Senior Innovation Expert
    Julian Eberling
    Senior Innovation Expert

    As a skipper, he keeps calm even in rough seas; a characteristic he also brings to bear on innovation projects. Never one to turn down a roller coaster ride.

    #newbusinessdevelopment

    Karin Belay
    Project Manager
    Karin Belay
    Project Manager

    Brave pioneer. Driven by determination, communication, and optimism. Finds peace in her encounters with nature and people.

    #communicationmatters

    Marcel Clemens
    Trainee Innovation Management
    Marcel Clemens
    Trainee Innovation Management
    He appreciates good stand-up comedy. One thing he considers to be no laughing matter: the role of knowledge in the midst of change.  
    Olivia Lancerotto
    Head of Marketing & Communications
    Olivia Lancerotto
    Head of Marketing & Communications

    Her heart beats for fairness. Only different target groups are treated dissimilarly. As a hands-on strategist committed to sustainability, she won't leave any chips packets lying around.

    #innovationmarketing

    Theresa Deschberger
    Finance Manager
    Theresa Deschberger
    Finance Manager

    Sight-reads perfectly and juggles with the numbers. As well as our finances, she has a map of Upper Austria in her head and almost certainly always a song from ABBA.

    #finances

    You have a vision – we bring it to life.

    Sometimes it is a product innovation that rejuvenates your range; or a service innovation with which you stand out on the market. However, it could also be a holistic approach for non-stop innovations. Let's talk about how we can support you with our services.

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    Career opportunity

    Want to become a part of our team?

    Like how we work and want to help shape the future of established companies yourself? Visit our careers page and learn more about our vacancies. 

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    1060 Vienna
    +43 1 288 73 65 

    Germany

    Unsöldstraße 2
    80538 Munich
    +49 89 2555 7134

    USA

    718 Walt Whitman Rd., Unit #672
    Melville, NY 11747
    +1 516 456 3656

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