Innovator Mindset and Mindset Trek Virtual Certification 2024

Friday, June 14, 9:00 AM to Noon CDT

Friday, June 21, 9:00 AM to Noon CDT

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Learn to use the Innovator Mindset assessment, and Mindset Trek elearning with your students or clients—aspiring innovators and entrepreneurs—to help them develop their innovativeness.

Personal innovativeness is the ultimate 21st century capability, one that drives innovation and personal success in any setting, facing any challenge. It’s a critical–but often neglected–component of any innovation initiative.

This online certification consists of two three-hour Zoom sessions, and approximately four hours of additional work on your own.

“Innovator Mindset Certification provided exceptional information in a fun and imaginative way. It definitely inspires innovation!! I would recommend it to anyone looking to better themselves and those around them!”

Gloria Wilson, Assoc. Prof., Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Innovator Mindset® is a philosophy of innovation and a methodology for developing the personal capabilities that drive it. A highly flexible approach, it can be used to provide an overall framework for teaching innovation and entrepreneurship, or to seamlessly supplement tools and strategies like design thinking, creative problem solving and lean startup. Innovator Mindset also provides a foundation for coaching anyone to be more creative, resourceful, empathic, adaptive and personally effective. Someone more likely to find solutions and successfully meet challenges. Peer reviewed empirical research has found that an Innovator Mindset can dramatically improve innovation outcomes and new venture success.

The Innovator Mindset Assessment provides personalized feedback across the twelve dimensions of the Innovation Cycle. Available online on-demand, it takes about 15 minutes to complete. Students receive a detailed 20-page report that reveals their current mindset and what shifts they can make to become more innovative.

Mindset Trek Elearning is an online self-paced or instructor-directed curriculum that covers the key concepts of Innovator Mindset and incorporates the Innovator Mindset assessment. This frees up classroom or other program time for other interventions and activities that may include

  • Interactive exercises & discussion
  • Individual and team coaching
  • Student projects and ventures
  • Other innovation tools, strategies and curriculum
  • Client consultation

Students who complete Mindset Trek receive a badge for mastering that content.

“Innovator Mindset (IM) is a game-changer that “blew-up” my existing paradigm about innovation overall; my ability to grow and develop my beliefs, behaviors and habits to become more innovative; and provided a framework for nurturing and encouraging innovativeness throughout organizations. IM provided a “how-to” with tremendous application across all areas of organizational development.”

- Dave Monson, Organizational Development Professional

Who should attend?

  • University or Community College Educators
  • Startup Incubator and Accelerator Instructors, Staff and Mentors
  • Innovation Consultants, Coaches and Trainers
  • Chief Innovation Officers and other Innovation Leaders
  • Organizational Development Professionals
  • Corporate, Nonprofit and Government Innovators

What you’ll learn

  • How to identify, encourage and apply the Innovation Cycle, a universal template for all types of innovation in all contexts, including entrepreneurship.
  • How your students are often drawn away from the Innovation Cycle undermining innovation and compromising their effectiveness.
  • The crucial role that mindset plays in your students’ ability to innovate, achieve success, launch new ventures, and in who they become as future contributors to our collective well-being.
  • How to read, interpret and apply the Innovator Mindset Snapshot report and online dashboard that’s generated by the Innovator Mindset assessment.
  • How to use an extensive collection of interventions, assignments, illustrations and interactive exercises for reinforcing Innovator Mindset content and developing the capacity to innovate.
  • The content in Mindset Trek elearning and how to incorporate it into your work with innovators and entrepreneurs.


Dennis Stauffer, Innovativeness Researcher and Founder of Innovator Mindset. Dennis co-developed the Innovator Mindset assessment and produced Mindset Trek elearning. He’s recognized internationally as an expert in the personal capabilities that drive innovation.

Certification Requirements

Participants need to:

  • Attend both half-day online sessions (3 hours each)
  • Complete Mindset Trek elearning and the Innovator Mindset Assessment
  • Use the Innovator Mindset assessment with students or clients

Recipients will receive a certificate and a badge, as well as the badge students receive for completing Mindset Trek.

Certification Price: $1495

Educators Discounted Price: $750

For faculty at accredited colleges and universities, and instructors, coaches and mentors at business startup incubators & accelerators.