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Igniting Innovation for Impact: Understanding and activating impact innovation

Start date: 5 May 2022

Impact innovation is the application of innovation principles across all aspects of what we do. Rather than thinking one dimensionally about disruption, it causes us to think about the social, environmental, and economic implications of what we do and how to navigate these areas. The Igniting Innovation for Impact programme draws together the different strands of impact innovation and brings a leadership lens which supports participants to understand how they can create long-lasting and genuine impact through their roles and organisations.

Our programme, together with Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business is part of a broader programme, Impact Leadership in the Era of Global Disruptions, which aims to develop a new generation of business leaders with impact who can contribute to the global future.


The Møller Institute at Churchill College, University of Cambridge is part of a centuries-old seat of learning that has originated much of the disruptive knowledge which has shaped our world, while CKGSB is at the heart of the next wave of disruption, home to over 35 “Unicorns” which impact on the global economy. This programme is a unique opportunity to blend perspectives, knowledge and insights from East and West, building a platform for participants to build resilient, future-oriented and innovative businesses.

Key features

During the programme participants will have the opportunity to hear from leading speakers and organisations on how they have managed to balance business and social impact, they will also have a platform to examine their own leadership and build new practices and behaviours for the future for others to follow.

On completion of the programme, participants will leave with a long-term and global view on how organisations and their leaders can best organise themselves for impact innovation, they will also have gain a comparative perspective on innovation from both the East and the West, integrating knowledge from multiple disciplines.

Key learning outcomes

  • Discover the concept of impact innovation and be able to position yourselves and your organisations within it
  • Understand the role in leader in aligning social, economic and environmental good from both East and West perspectives
  • Explore the multiple faces of innovation and how it creates a route to thrive within a disrupted world
  • Identify the relationship between social and commercial good and develop business models you can adopt to align these
  • Acquire unparalleled global networks with like-minded leaders to create personal & professional connections for future success
  • Activate impact innovation project with impact leaders’ advice for implementation within and beyond programme

Who is the programme for?

The programme opens to entrepreneurs and executives from companies or organisations involved in furthering the common good while unleashing the power of Impact Innovation to sustain commercially.

We welcome participants from both for-profit and non-profit organisations from around the globe who are looking to expand horizons on impact innovation from both the West and the East. In addition, professionals work in an advisory capacity to companies with a desire to introduce or reposition themselves in relation to innovation will also benefit from this programme.

To further leverage the value and impact of this programme, we encourage companies to send cross-functional teams of executives to this live and  virtual programme. We offer group enrolment benefits to companies sending three or more participants.



Participants who successfully complete this course will receive a Certificate endorsed by the University of Cambridge’s Board of Executive and Professional Education (BEPE) and Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB), and become a member of our Global Impact Leadership Community.

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Programme details


5 May – 9 June 2022

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If you have any questions about the programme please contact Programme Manager, Susana Lee.

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