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challenges – inspires – makes a difference

An extraordinary leadership development programme that challenges and inspires leaders to make a difference. A mix of leaders from some of the most exciting organisations around, collaborating to solve a live strategic challenge for the CEO of a leading charity. The leaders not only gain different perspectives from their experience but also reflect deeply on their own ability to drive collaboration in their own companies.




Ideathon is for leaders keen to develop themselves and make a difference - to their own business and to the strategic direction of a leading charity.

The programme is built on a unique and diverse network of some of the brightest minds working in organisations today.


A collaborative learning partnership with an inspiring blend of successful and progressive organisations. All of the organisations share a desire to keep evolving, innovating and leveraging the creative energy of their people to make a difference.

These organisations bring real diversity to the learning and enable the leaders to collaborate with new people with different perspectives, experiences and approaches.

Over the last ten years the partnering organisations have included: Apple, British Airways, BP, Bunzl, Burberry, Pfizer, Renault, Sainsbury’s, Telefonica, Unilever and Virgin


The leaders not only gain different perspectives from their Ideathon experience, but also reflect deeply on their own ability to drive collaboration in their own companies.

They learn practical collaboration tools and techniques, develop their own skills and behaviours and have the opportunity to network with leaders from different organisations.

To find out more about the power of Ideathon, please contact Pippa - pippa@collaborationcompany.com

DON't just take our word for it...

real challenges

The CEO of a charity is able to harness the collective knowledge, experience and creativity of a group of senior leaders to solve a current and complex strategic challenge.

Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan

“I couldn't be more delighted with the proposed way forward. I hope they feel proud of the quality of what was delivered as well as how they got there. Amazing what can happen in 36 hours!”


Burberry’s VP Merchandising

“I didn’t know what to expect, but at the end of the session I was overwhelmed by the experience.”


Virgin Media – Head of Partner Relationships

“This is a major milestone in my career and something I will be talking about for a long time”


Previous Ideathon challenges


How do we drive a major cultural shift and become a learning organisation, to deliver the very best outcomes for children in a fast-changing world?

 British Heart Foundation

How can the British Heart Foundation create a nation of life savers by training over 6 million people in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) by 2020 in a cost efficient and effective way?

Victim Support

How can we bring Victim Support to the forefront of the public’s consciousness as a high impact charity with urgent need for donation and public support?


How can we engage the UK public to “think CRUK”, investing in campaigns to keep us top of mind and communicating in a way that’s relevant to our many audiences?

Teenage Cancer Trust

How might we appropriately harness the momentum of Stephen Sutton’s story to raise funds and awareness for Teenage Cancer Trust?

The Collaboration Company