Driving innovation within a 100-year-old manufacturer
Anvl CEO Robin Fleming shares her experience working with High Alpha Innovation and Cummins to go from idea to safety software leader in a matter of months.
As a global Fortune 500 manufacturing leader, Cummins faced increasing pressure to create new value for customers while maintaining safety for employees. In response to changing preferences and needs, Cummins formed the Digital Accelerator, an internal business focused on creating products of value for Cummins customers and the manufacturing industry as a whole. The Digital Accelerator had identified several ideas with potential, and quickly realized the solutions they sought were outside of the enterprise’s core capabilities. They looked for partners who could provide speed and agility to help expedite research, development, testing and go-to-market protocols - which traditionally required longer innovation timelines at Cummins.
Cummins approached High Alpha Innovation to take advantage of our proven process for innovation, as well as our operational expertise around rapidly scaling software companies. The Digital Accelerator team participated in Sprint Week, an intensive, week-long business ideation and validation session, and gained conviction around starting a new business outside of the Cummins core. The end result? Anvl, a software company focused on coaching field technicians to improve workplace safety. High Alpha’s partnership with Cummins resulted in a software tool that not only heightened workplace safety for Cummins employees, but also for workers at companies across the country. Today, Anvl’s technology is used both internally at Cummins and by other manufacturing and construction leaders.