The word “innovation” sounds downright simplistic: “a new idea, method, or device,” according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Yet to most businesses, innovation is vital to success, and oftentimes harder than hell to accomplish.
True innovation takes a unique mix of intelligence, background, resources, leadership skills, and sometimes good old-fashioned luck to develop and implement. And when all of these come together, they bring about meaningful change for a business, and sometimes an entire industry.
Minnesota is home to hundreds of innovators who are helping to direct the future of our economy. In the stories below, we profile 15 people whom we refer to as “innovatives”: individuals who, through collaboration and constant focus on what’s next in their industries, have directed the development of an idea into a practical result that has had identifiably positive results for his or her company, clients, and customers. Each has helped create new efficiencies and build a platform for future success for their companies or those that they’ve consulted with. Often, their work also has offered measurable social benefits, such as more efficient means of consuming energy or a more effective way to deliver health care.