Keynote Speaker Tendayi Viki

Tendayi Viki

Author of The Corporate Startup and Managing Partner at Benneli Jacobs

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About Speaker Tendayi Viki…

Tendayi Viki is an author and innovation consultant. He holds a PhD in Psychology and an MBA. He helps large organizations develop their ecosystems so that they can innovate for the future while managing their core business. Through his company Benneli Jacobs, he has given keynotes, run workshops and worked as a consultant for several large organizations including Rabobank, American Express, Standard Bank, Unilever, Airbus, Pearson, Lufthansa-Airplus, The British Museum, Copenhagen Fintech and The Royal Academy of Engineers.

Tendayi co-designed Pearson’s Product Lifecycle which is an innovation framework that won the Best Innovation Program 2015 at the Corporate Entrepreneur Awards in New York. He has been shortlisted for the Thinkers50 Innovation Award and was named on the Thinkers50 2018 Radar List for emerging management thinkers to watch.

Tendayi has written two books based on research and consulting experience, The Corporate Startup and The Lean Product Lifecycle. The Corporate Startup was awarded the 2018 CMI Management Book Of The Year In Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He is currently working on another two books, Right Question, Right Time and Pirates in The Navy. He is also a regular contributing writer for Forbes.

Tendayi spent over 12 years in academia during which time he taught at the University of Kent where he is now Honorary Senior Lecturer. He has also been a Research Fellow at Stanford University and Research Assistant at Harvard University.

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  • “I’ve had the pleasure of listening and learning from Dr. Viki on several occasions. His grasp of evidence-based product development processes and ability to communicate them along with other lean and agile ideas are second to none.”

    Jeff Gothelf

    Author of Lean UX & Sense and Respond

  • “A brilliant speaker who is able to get the attendees out of their comfort zone with a joke and a twist. That paves the way for acceptance. His presentation is to the point, sharp, professional, fresh and above all digestible for the attendees to work with in their business environment.”

    Corine van Winden

    CEO PETS International

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Lean Canvas Workshop

In this workshop, Tendayi coached startup teams in Rockstart Accelerator to use the Lean Canvas. The teams learned how to design business models using a range of “what-if” scenarios. They also learned how to review their canvas for risky assumptions. Finally, they were coached on how to design experiments to test their riskiest assumptions.


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